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Subject: [Becker's ASC E-Newsletter] Issue Alert: May/June Issue of Becker's ASC Review Now Online -- 20 New Articles Listed Below, Each at; Save $100 -- Two Days Left to Register Early for June Orthopedics and Spine Driven ASC Conference
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20 Articles From the May/June Issue of the Becker's ASC Review Now Online at

The following is a list of each article from the May/June issue of the Becker's ASC Review, now available at

1. 6 Considerations for Successful Outpatient Knee Replacement

2. Reimbursement, Profit and Patient-Selection Issues -- Spine and Orthopedic Cases

3. Physician/Hospital Joint-Ventures -- Incentives and Ownership for Hospital-Employed Physicians and for Primary Care Physicians

4. Regional Anesthesia: Benefits and Implementation in Your ASC

5. 10 Medication Management Ideas for Anesthesiology Services

6. 3 Hot Spine Device Trends

7. At a Glance: Anesthesia Products and Services

8. 10 Valuation Facts and Statistics for ASCs

9. Key Clinical and Business Developments in ASC Anesthesia

10. 7 Keys to Successfully Launching a Spine Program in the ASC

11. USP 797 and Its Effect on ASCs

12. Four Steps to Prepare for Malignant Hyperthermia

13. Five Practical Tips to Becoming a Top Spine and Orthopedic Hospital -- A Discussion With a Top-Rated Neurosurgical Hospital

14. The Ins and Outs of Outsourcing Implants

15. 7 Orthopedic Surgical Devices to Know

16. Sleep Apnea Screening for ASCs

17. New Financing Opportunities for Common ASC Challenges

18. Three Trends in the Implantable Device Industry

19. Tips to Tackle Four Common Orthopedic Coding Challenges

20. 7 Accounting Tips to Help Your Practice Be More Efficient

Go here to download a PDF of the entire issue.

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Save $100: Two Days Left to Register Early for June Orthopedics and Spine Driven ASC Conference 

The 6th Annual Orthopedics, Pain Management and Spine Driven ASC Conference: Improving Profits, Legal and Business Issues, will be held June 19 to 21 in Chicago. This is an opportunity for great education and great networking. Register before May 1 and you will save $100.

Here are 20 of the great speakers you can hear:

  1. Dr. Jack Jensen, a board-certified orthopedic surgeon and medical director of Athletic Orthopedics and Knee Center, an integrated health care plaza specializing in knee care, will speak on maintaining successful physician/investor relations over a long period of time.

  2. George Goodwin, vice president of mergers and acquisitions for Symbion Healthcare, and Dr. Brett Taylor, a board-certified orthopedic surgeon who specializes in the treatment of adult neck and back pathologies at the Orthopedic Center of St. Louis, will present on building a spine-driven ASC.

  3. Dr. David Abraham, a spine surgeon at the Reading Neck and Spine Center in Wyomissing, Pa., will discuss the X-Stop procedure for spinal stenosis.

  4. Dr. Ajay Mangal, MBA, the president and CEO of Prexus Health Partners, will speak on developing a consistent model for success.

  5. Scott Becker, JD, CPA, co-chair of the healthcare department at McGuireWoods, will present a strategic analysis for ASCs -- what works and what doesn't.

  6. Bob Burnstine, JD, a renowned investment advisor at Harris Associates, which manages the well-regarded Oakmark funds, and a graduate of Harvard Law School, will speak on investing in changing times. This will be an informative talk.

  7. Dr. Jim Lynch, an extremely smart and gifted neurosurgeon, will discuss spine surgery as a core driver in a multi-specialty ASC.

  8. D.J. Hill, chief development officer at Titan Health Corporation, will present five creative strategies for overlaying orthopedic services over a struggling center.

  9. Amy Mowles, president and CEO of Mowles Medical Practice Management, will present "Pain Management in ASCs -- Yes, It Can Still Work."

  10. Rick Pence, president and chief operating officer of National Surgical Care, will discuss post-acquisition success with an ASC.

  11. Ann Geier, RN, MS, CNOR, CASC, a vice president of operations at Ambulatory Surgery Centers of America, will present five tips for hiring outstanding staff and cost-efficient staffing strategies for ASCs.

  12. Susan Kizirian, RN, MBA, a vice president of operations at Ambulatory Surgery Centers of America, will speak on advanced case-costing for ASCs.

  13. Pat Sedlak, director of AON risk services, will discuss the use of captives and other strategies for orthopedic and neurosurgery groups and related facilities.

  14. Mike McCoy, senior vice president of operations at Neuterra Healthcare, will speak on physician-owned community hospitals how to design and complete a hospital.

  15. Scott Becker and Jeff Clark of McGuireWoods will present on common legal and litigation issues for ASCs.

  16. Jack Amormino, the president and CEO of American Medical Buildings, will talk about ownership and financing of your medical real estate.

  17. Tom Michaud, the board chairman and CEO of Foundation Surgery Affiliates, will discuss how to hire and empower great administrators.

  18. Tom Yerden, founder of Aspen Healthcare and now founder and CEO of TRY Health Care Solutions, and Bob Zasa, JD, founder of Woodrum/ASD, will speak on physician-hospital joint ventures.

  19. Dennis Vielieu, the CEO of Midwest Orthopedics at Rush, will discuss building a private orthopedics practice in the context of an academic medical center.

  20. Dr. Tom Pliura, JD, the president and CEO of zChart and a lawyer, will present "Out-of-Network -- Can Your Business Still Utilize Out-of-Network as an Option -- How Insurers Are Fighting With ASCs and Imaging Facilities."

Download the complete program agenda and event brochure here. CME, CEU and CASC credits available. Paid subscribers to the Becker's ASC Review can receive a $100 discount. Additional discounts apply when registering two or more attendees. Book your hotel room soon -- the block is almost sold out.

There are four easy ways to register:

  • Online. Register through our secure Web site.

  • Fax. Complete the order form and fax it to (312) 706-2526. Please show ASC Communications c/o a5 as the subject line.

  • Mail. Complete the order form and mail it to ASC Communications; c/o a5 Inc.; 1 N. LaSalle Street, 47th Floor; Chicago IL 60602.

  • Phone. Call (312) 546-6042 to register.

Just a few exhibit spots remain. If you are interested in exhibiting, contact Jessica Cole, Dan Bragaw, Emily Noyes or Matt Leemkuil.

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HealthMark Combines With Alliance Surgery;
Pacific Surgical Partners Continues Growth

1. HealthMark Partners Combines With Alliance Surgery. Nashville's HealthMark Partners has announced that it and Atlanta-based Alliance Surgery have combined their companies through a stock-for-stock exchange. Both companies develop, acquire and operate single- and multi-specialty, freestanding ASCs, typically in joint-ventures with physicians or with physicians and hospitals. Go here for more on the acquisition.

2. Pacific Surgical Partners Continues Growth. Pacific Surgical Partners has announced two developments. First, it has closed the transaction of the San Gabriel Ambulatory Surgery Center from United Surgical Partners International and Catholic Healthcare West. The three-OR, two-procedure room multispecialty facility is located in San Gabriel, Calif. Second, PSP has announced the formation of Valley Ambulatory Surgery Center in partnership with Valley Presbyterian Hospital. The assets of the four-OR ASC in Van Nuys, Calif., were acquired from AllCare of California.

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Thank You to 10 Leading ASC Review Sponsors

This week we want to thank and highlight the following advertisers, exhibitors and sponsors who have supported the Becker's ASC Review extensively.

1. Ambulatory Surgery Centers of America. Founded and led by some of the very brightest people in business, Dr. Brent Lambert, Dr. Tom Bombardier, Luke Lambert, Dr. George Violin and Rob Westergard, Ambulatory Surgical Centers of America (ASCOA) is a leader in the surgery center and surgical hospital industry, achieving exceptional quality of care and outstanding financial results. For more information, click here.

2. Eveia Health Consulting & Management Company. Founded by I. Naya Kehayes, MPH, Eveia Health Consulting & Management is the leading managed care contracting firm. It is comprised of a team of seasoned professionals who are experts in reimbursement management, managed care contracting and business management, with a specialization in ASCs and surgical practices. For more information, click here.

3. Blue Chip Surgical Center Partners. Led by Jeff Leland and Jay Rom, and with several highly profitable, physician-led centers in operation around the company and a number of projects in the works, Blue Chip Surgical Center Partners has been remarkably successful. For more information, click here.

4. Manning Search Group. Roger Manning, Cathy Montgomery and their healthcare search consultant team offer middle management and executive search and recruitment with an ASC-industry-specific focus; MSG has several national and regional ASC employers as clients covering free-standing ASCs, hospital-owned ASCs as well as specialty surgical hospital venues. For more information, click here.

5. JCB Laboratories. JCB Laboratories, led by Brian Williamson, is the leading compounding pharmacy that serves the ASC market place. Unlike most compounding pharmacies, JCB Labs focuses exclusively on preparing sterile products. For more information, click here.

6. Practice Partners in Healthcare. Practice Partners in Healthcare, led by the outstanding Larry Taylor, takes great pride in the development, management and equity ownership with its physician and hospital partners. For more information, click here.

7. ProVation Medical. ProVation Medical, an outstanding growth company, has created ProVation EHR, the first electronic health record designed for busy, cost-conscious ASCs. ProVation EHR offers robust electronic documentation and document imaging for all elements of the patient encounter, from past records to procedure documentation to follow-up care. For more information, click here.

8. Ion Healthcare. Ion Healthcare, led by Steve Burton, provides a turnkey solution for screening and management of patients with sleep apnea referred to your surgical center. For more information, click here.

9. Regent Surgical Health. Regent Surgical Health is founded by the extremely smart and gifted Tom Mallon. As buyers, developers and managers of outpatient surgery centers and physician-owned hospitals around the country, Regent is an experienced developer and specialist in turnaround situations. For more information, click here.

10. MedHQ. With the outstanding leadership of Tom Jacobs, MedHQ provides accounting, revenue cycle, human resources and credentialing services to clients in 10 states. For more information, click here.

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Three Upcoming Events and Features

We have three exciting events and issues that are upcoming.

1. Orthopedic Driven ASC Conference. This conference will be held June 19 to 21 in Chicago. We expect 450 to 500 outstanding people.

2. July/August Issue of the ASC Review. This issue will feature 60 people to know in the ASC industry as well as focus on ophthalmology, urology and ENT for ASCs. To see the entire '09 editorial calendar, please e-mail Jessica Cole.

3. The Hospital Review. Our first issue of The Hospital Review: Business and Legal Issues for Hospitals will be published in Sept./Oct. 2008. This will be a concise and focused bi-monthly or quarterly publication next year. To see the editorial calendar, please e-mail Jessica Cole.

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Becker's ASC Review Subscriber Benefits

If you are a Becker's ASC Review paid subscriber, you are entitled to the following new benefits:

  1. The ASC Review delivered to your door.

  2. Subscriber discounts on the cost of audio conference and Webinar registrations.

  3. $100 off registration for both main and pre-conference sessions at the June conference.

  4. $50 off registration for both main and pre-conference sessions at the October conference.

  5. Free copy of the VMG Health Intellimarker benchmarking survey, an extremely valuable guide.

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