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1. Core Trends in ASCs: 14 Observations, by Scott Becker, JD, CPA, and Renee Tomcanin. Click Here

2. Protecting Your Facility and Physicians From Medicare Fraud Investigations: Q & A With Tom Pliura, MD, JD. Click Here

3. New Study Finds Specialty Hospitals Have Not Seriously Hurt Acute Care Hospitals. Click Here

4. Don't miss Dr. Tom Mead from the Surgery Center of Allentown and Dr. Brent Lambert, CEO of Ambulatory Surgical Centers of America, discuss "Developing a Highly Successful Orthopedic-Driven ASC" at the 7th Annual Orthopedic, Spine and Pain Management Driven ASC Conference from June 11-13 in Chicago. Learn more. Click Here 

5. Study Finds Employers Cut Healthcare Costs, Employees Increase Utilization. Click Here

6. L.A. Times Analyzes Medicare Coverage of Virtual Colonoscopy Debate. Click Here

7. Shoulder Specialists to Know and Best Practices for Integration of Anesthesia and Pain Management: Don't miss the chance to read and/or advertise in the July issue of Becker's Orthopedic & Spine Practice Review. E-mail Jessica Cole ( for more information. To nominate an outstanding shoulder specialist, e-mail Scott Becker (

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VMG Health, ASCOA and Surgical Notes.

9. Seeking Six Evaluators for 7th Annual Orthopedic, Spine and Pain Management Driven ASC Conference - June 11-13 (Chicago). Learn more. Click Here

10. New Jersey ASC Sponsoring Community Health Fair.
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Surgical Notes:
Healthcare Reform and Its Impact on ASCs: Learn More at the 7th Annual Orthopedic, Spine and Pain Management Driven ASC Conference - Improving Profits, and Business & Legal Issues (June 11-13, Chicago)

The 7th Annual Orthopedic, Spine and Pain Management Driven ASC Conference (June 11-13, Chicago) will focus in part on healthcare reform and its impact on ASCs. Come hear some of the smartest minds in the country on how healthcare reform will likely evolve and the impact on ASCs while earning up to 13.5 CME credits.

Early registration discounts end May 5. To learn more and download the conference brochure, click here. To register online, click here or call (703) 836-5904.
June 2009 Conference
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10 Great Companies to Know

If you'd like more information about or an introduction to any of these companies, please e-mail Scott Becker.

Serbin Surgery Center Billing. Serbin Surgery Center Billing was founded in 2001 to provide the answer to ASCs' complex and unique billing needs, providing expert and accurate coding, billing, collections, and managed care negotiations solely to the ASC industry. Learn more about SCB.

Health Inventures. Health Inventures provides strategic and business planning, joint venture formation, facility development and operations management for ASCs. Learn more about Health Inventures.

zChart EMR. zChart EMR was developed by dozens of healthcare professionals -- administrators, office staff, nurses and physicians -- at multi-specialty outpatient surgery centers. Learn more about zChart.

VMG Health. VMG Health is recognized by leading healthcare providers as one of the most trusted valuation and transaction advisors in the United States. Learn more about VMG.

ASCOA. Since 1984, ASCOA's founders have helped physician-owners start and operate successful facilities; ASCOA currently owns and manages 34 facilities across the country with 14 others in development. Learn more about ASCOA.

Surgical Notes. Surgical notes is a nationwide provider of medical transcription, coding and other related value-added information technology services for ASCs. Read more about Surgical Notes.

Woodrum/Ambulatory Systems Development. Woodrum reorganizes, performs financial turnarounds and develops new ASCs; its strength is in growing ASC businesses with innovative programs and adding new surgeons. Read more about Woodrum.

Viscot Medical. Products from Viscot Medical, a provider of disposable medical products since 1974, include sterile and non-sterile surgical skin markers; sterile and non-sterile medication labels and kits; male and female urinals; minor surgery drapes; and towels. Learn more about Viscot Medical.

HealthCare Appraisers. HealthCare Appraisers is a nationally recognized valuation and consulting firm providing services exclusively to the healthcare industry. Read more about HealthCare Appraisers.

Practice Partners. Practice Partners in Healthcare takes great pride in the development, management and equity ownership with its physician and hospital partners. Read more about Practice Partners.

Upcoming ASC Events
The 7th Annual Orthopedic, Spine and Pain Management Driven ASC Conference
June 11 to 13, 2009

The 16th Annual Improving Profits and Business and Legal Issues for ASCs
Oct. 8 to 10, 2009

For a complete list of upcoming events, click here
Quick Links
  • Click here to visit VMG Health.
  • Click here to visit Ambulatory Surgical Centers of America.
  • Click here to visit Amerinet.
  • Click here to visit Meridian Surgical Partners.
  • Click here to visit Serbin Surgery Center Billing.
  • Click here to visit Surgical Notes.
  • Click here to visit Blue Chip Surgical Center Partners.
  • Click here to visit Practice Partners in Healthcare.
  • Click here to visit ProVation Medical.
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