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June 9, 2009
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1. 10 Statistics About ASCs in the West. Click Here

2. 15 Physician-Owned Hospital CEOs to Know. Click Here

3. Surgery Centers File Lawsuit Against BCBS of Georgia For Out-of-Network Practices. Click Here 

4. Horizon Blue Cross Files Two Lawsuits Against New Jersey Hospitals for Out-of-Network, Fraudulent Billing Practices. Click Here

5. N.Y. Health Commissioner Clarifies State's Position on ASCs. Click Here

6. Free Orthopedic Implant Benchmarking Report and Chance to Win $500. Complete anonymous, 15-minute or less survey. Click Here  

7. Call for Speakers: "Hospitals and Health Systems -- Improving the Profitability of Orthopedic and Spine Programs: Growing Volume, Assessing Financial Relationships, and Business and Legal Issues." If you are interested in speaking or have a topic you think should be covered, please e-mail Scott Becker ( or Jessica Cole ( Please provide a brief description of the speaker and the topic.

8. Learn More About Our Featured E-Weekly Advertisers: ProVation Medical, ASCOA, AHP and Meridian Surgical Partners.

9. Studies Show Outcomes of Hip Resurfacing Similar to Hip Replacement. Click Here

10. PINNACLE III Opens New Children's Surgery Center in Colorado. Click Here Celebrates 10-Year Anniversary. Click Here

11. Excellentia Advisory Group to Host CMS RAC Audit Webinar. Click Here

12. 16th Annual Improving the Profitability of and Establishing ASCs Conference (Oct. 8-10, Chicago) Brochure and Exhibitor Prospectus Now Available. Click Here
7 Highlights of 7th Annual Orthopedic, Spine and Pain Management Driven ASC Conference - Improving Profits, and Business & Legal Issues: June 11-13, Chicago

Here are just seven of the highlights of this excellent conference:

1. 68 great orthopedic, spine and pain management topics
highly focused on providing practical and strategic guidance that can be applied to ASCs immediately. Speaker presentations are now online and ready for download here. All attendees will receive a USB flash drive with speaker presentations at the event.

2. Keynote presentation on The Evolution of Healthcare and the Impact on ASCs by Uwe Reinhardt, PhD, James Madison Professor of Political Economy and Professor of Economics, Princeton University.

3. 94 industry expert speakers and networking with 500 owners, surgeons, administrators, exhibitors and speakers.

4. Free SourceMedical Regional Client Meeting starting at 9:00 a.m. on June 11. Click here to learn more.

5. Regent Surgical Health Cocktail Reception at 7:00 p.m. on Thurs., June 11 in the Michigan Room on the 3rd floor of the Westin Michigan Avenue. All attendees are welcome to join the reception. Please e-mail Jackie Dream ( if you would like more information.

6. Free orthopedic implant benchmarking report and chance to win $500 with completion of anonymous, 15-minute or less survey. Click here to participate.

7. Cash raffles: ASC Communications will hold multiple cash raffles ($100-$500 per raffle) for those that are present within the hall during exhibit hours.

Learn more about the 7th Annual Orthopedic, Spine and Pain Management Driven ASC Conference and download the conference brochure by clicking here. To register online, click here or call (703) 836-5904.

June 2009 Conference
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Anesthesia Healthcare Partners
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.

MedBridge Surgery Center Billing. MedBridge Surgery Center Billing partners with ASCs to help maximize reimbursement, offering an aggressive appeals process which, coupled with its expertise in ASC billing, can help clients to increase collections while focusing on patient care. Learn more about MedBridge Surgery Center Billing.

RMC MedStone Capital. RMC MedStone Capital is a company focused on acquiring ASCs and small hospitals, focused on surgery, in partnership with physicians. Learn more about RMC.

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

ProVation Medical. ProVation Medical has created ProVation EHR, an electronic health record designed for busy, cost-conscious ASCs. Learn more about ProVation Medical.

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.

Anesthesia Healthcare Partners. AHP provides ASCs, hospitals, or office-based practice with the choice of all-inclusive anesthesia service solutions or any combination of those distinct anesthesia service components, which include anesthesia billing, recruitment and practice management. Learn more about AHP.

Meridian Surgical Partners. Meridian aligns with physicians in the acquisition, development and management of multi-specialty ASCs and surgical facilities. Read more about Meridian.

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.

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.

Regent Surgical Health. As buyers, developers and managers of outpatient surgery centers and physician-owned hospitals around the country, Regent Surgical Health is an experienced developer and specialist in turnaround situations. Learn more about Regent.

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
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