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1. 45 Great ASC Administrators. Click Here

Note: For a list of 50 physician leaders in ASCs, see the Sept./Oct. issue of Becker's ASC Review. The issue will be distributed to 25,000 people and be distributed at the Oct. Improving Profitability, and Business and Legal Issues for ASCs conference.

2. Louisiana Medical Supply Company Owner and Physician Plead Guilty to Medicare Fraud. Click Here

3. Florida Hospital CEO Pens Op-Ed Piece in Support of Physician-Owned Hospitals. Click Here

4. Don't Miss Gary Rippberger and Judy Bell of Hawthorn Surgery Center Discuss "Digging in Deeper: Finding New and Old Ways to Increase Surgical Volume " at the 16th Annual Improving Profitability, and Business and Legal Issues for ASCs, from Oct. 8-10 in Chicago. Learn more. Click Here

5. Smith & Nephew CEO Says Orthopedic Device Market Slowdown to Continue as Patients Defer Procedures. Click Here

6. ASC Cost Reporting Section Included in House Bill, by Bobby Hillert of Texas Ambulatory Surgery Center Society. Click Here

7. More Physicians Not Accepting Credit Card Payments From Patients. Click Here

8. Learn More About Our Featured E-Weekly Advertisers: VMG Health, ASCOA, AAAHC and B. Braun.

9. Mike Lipomi of RMC Medstone Discusses Healthcare Reform Issues Facing ASCs and Physician-Owned Hospitals. Click Here

10. Virginia Medical Plaza Receives Building Permit For Surgery Center. Click Here

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The Sept./Oct. issue of Becker's ASC Review will focus on anesthesia. If you would like to serve as a source for stories or contribute a column on this topic, please e-mail Scott Becker ( or reply to the E-weekly.
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Register Early and Save: 16th Annual Improving Profitability, and Business and Legal Issues for ASCs -- Oct. 8-10, Chicago

Five of the great topics on the program agenda:

Bariatrics: The Next Five Years -- Kent Sasse, MD, MPH, FACS, Medical Director of the Western Bariatric Institute

2. The Financial World's View of ASCs -- Craig Frances, MD, Summit Partners

3. Internal Controls that are Necessary to Prevent Fraud at Your ASC: A Real Life Experience -- Sam Rice, MD, Treasurer, Doctors' Surgery Center of Apple Valley

4. So You Want to Start an ASC: The Challenges in 2009 -- Lori Ramirez, Founder and CEO of Elite Surgical Affiliates

5. 5 Tips for Managing Anesthesia in Your ASC -- Marc Koch, MD, President and CEO, Somnia

Learn more about the 16th Annual Improving Profitability, and Business and Legal Issues for ASCs, and download the conference brochure by clicking here. To register online, click here or call (703) 836-5904.

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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.

McShane Medical Properties. McShane Medical Properties is an integrated design/build construction and real estate development firm offering comprehensive services for the healthcare industry. Read more about McShane.

Covenant Surgical Partners. Covenant Surgical Partners is a privately-held owner and operator of ASCs that was founded in 2008 by a group of experienced investors, including several seasoned healthcare and financial executives, and a prominent physician who owns his own surgery center. Learn more about Covenant Surgical Partners.

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.

The Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care. AAAHC/Accreditation Association has become a leader in ambulatory healthcare accreditation with more than 4,000 organizations accredited nationwide, including endoscopy centers, ASCs, office-based surgery centers, managed care organizations, student health centers, and large medical and dental group practices. Learn more about AAAHC.

B. Braun. For 150 years, B. Braun has developed a rich heritage of knowledge and expertise for delivering innovative healthcare products, medical devices and programs designed to improve both patient and health-professional safety. Learn more about B. Braun.

CONMED Corp. CONMED specializes in arthroscopy, electrosurgery, endoscopy, endosurgery, imaging, integrated systems, patient care and powered instruments that are sold worldwide through its family of companies (CONMED and Linvatec). Learn more about CONMED.

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

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
16th Annual Improving Profitability, and Business and Legal Issues for ASCs
Oct. 8-10, 2009

The 8th Annual Orthopedic, Spine and Pain Management Driven ASC Conference
June 10-12, 2010

For a complete list of upcoming events, click here
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Learn more about VMG Health.
Learn more about Ambulatory Surgical Centers of America.
Learn more about Amerinet.
Learn more about Serbin Surgery Center Billing.
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