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Subject: [Becker's ASC Review] 5 Worst ASC Specialties | N.J. Lawsuits Over OON Charges Cause for Alarm | Less Than 200 Spots Remain -- Register Now for 9th Annual ASC Conference | RACs Confused Over ASC Billing Rules
Becker's ASC Review
News & Analysis
April 18, 2011

1. 5 Worst Specialties for Surgery Centers. Click Here
Features insight from Jon Vick of ASCs Inc. and Chris Bishop of Blue Chip Surgical Center Partners.

2. Lawsuits Over Out-of-Network Charges in New Jersey an Alarming Trend for Providers. Click Here 

3. New Session on ACOs has Been Added to the 9th Annual Orthopedic, Spine and Pain Management-Driven ASC Conference - Improving Profitability and Business and Legal Issues (June 9-11, Chicago). Early registration discounts end May 1 so register today!  Click Here

4. Surgery Centers Report RAC Confusion Over ASC Billing Rules. Click Here

5. Connecticut Physician Charged With Hedge Fund Fraud. Click Here

6. 5 Ways to Build a Great Hospital/ASC Joint Venture. Click Here

7. San Francisco Surgery Center First to Offer MAKOPlasty in an ASC. Click Here

8. 2 Free Upcoming Webinars: 1) Impact of Regional Anesthesia on Quality, Cost and Satisfaction - Minor Changes, Immediate Impact (4/26). Register by clicking here. 2) EHR in the ASC: How to Drive Cost Savings With Point-of-Care Charting (4/27). Register by clicking here.

9. 6 Ways to Address Feedback From Physicians, Patients and Staff. Click Here

10. CMS Says ASCs May Not Limit Surveyor Access. Click Here

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1. 101 sessions and 134 speakers, including 25 CEOs and 30 physician leaders as speakers, focused on immediately useful guidance for orthopedic, spine and pain management surgeons who own ambulatory surgical centers

2. Great keynote speakers including legendary NFL Coach Mike Ditka and Healthcare Futurist Joe Flower

3. Last year's event included 725 attendees and 65 exhibitors

4. Register before May 1 and save $100; additional discounts when registering 2 or more attendees, and for ASC Association members and paid Becker's ASC Review subscribers

5. Here are just four of the more than 100 sessions:

A. Pain Management, The Best Practices in Office and ASCs - Nameer R. Haider, MD, Spinal & Skeletal Pain Medicine  

How to Determine When to go In Network vs. Out of Network - Thomas J. Bombardier, MD, FACS, Principal & Founder, ASCOA      


C. Establishing and Operating Successfully in a Small Market - Joseph Zasa, JD, Partner, ASD Management, and TK Miller, MD, Associate Professor, Dept. of Surgery, VTC School of Medicine, Medical Director,
Roanoke Ambulatory Surgery Center, Carilion Clinic Orthopaedics/Sports Medicine     


D. Business Planning for Orthopedic and Spine-Driven Centers - Jeff Leland, CEO, Blue Chip Surgical Center Partners

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12. ProVation Medical:;

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14. Interventional Management Services:;     

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23. Pinnacle III:; 

24. Surgical Management Professionals:; 

25. McKesson Medical-Surgical: 

26. Physicians Capital Investments: 

27. Regent Surgical Health:;  


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