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1. 170 People to Know in the ASC Industry. Click Here

Editor's Note: The Sept./Oct. issue of Becker's ASC Review will feature 50 ASC physicians to know and 50 ASC administrators to know. To submit a nomination for these lists, please e-mail Rob Kurtz ( or reply to the E-weekly. For information about advertising, e-mail Jessica Cole (

2. CMS Announces Proposed Payment Rates for ASCs and Outpatient Departments. Click Here

3. 8 Statistics About Operating Expenses as a Percent of an ASC's Total Net Revenue. Click Here

4. CMS Proposes Changes to 2010 Physician Fee Schedule. Click Here

5. Come Hear Dr. Robin Fowler of Interventional Spine and Pain Management Ambulatory Surgical Center Discuss "Building Outstanding and Profitable Pain Management Centers: Making Pain Profitable" at the 16th Annual Improving Profitability, and Business and Legal Issues for ASCs, from Oct. 8-10 in Chicago. Learn more. Click Here

6. Nevada Health Division Shuts Down Unlicensed Surgery Center. Click Here

7. Federal Appeals Court Rules Hospital But Not Physicians' Practice Immune From Unfair Competition Claims. Click Here

8. Learn More About Our Featured E-Weekly Advertisers: ASCOA, Anesthesia Healthcare Partners, VMG Health and ProVation Medical.

9. FDA Announces Ongoing Safety Review of Arthroscopic Shavers. Click Here

10. Rhode Island ASCs and Hospitals Agree to New Patient Safety Protocol. Click Here
Less Than 12 Weeks Until the 16th Annual Improving Profitability, and Business and Legal Issues for ASCs: Oct. 8-10, Chicago - Register Today and Save!

Five of the great topics on the program agenda:

Assessing and Improving the Profitability of ENT in ASCs -- Mark Mashburn, MD, SurgiCenter of Baltimore, and Jim Corum, Vice President Operations, HealthMark Partners

2. What are the Best Specialties to Add to Your ASC and Why -- John Marasco, Principal and Owner Marasco and Associates, and Rob McCarville, Principal, Medical Consulting Group

3. Building a Successful Bariatrics Program: 10 Keys to Success -- Tom Michaud, CEO, Foundation Surgery Affiliates

4. ASCs and Gastroenterology: What to Do Now? -- John Poisson, Executive VP, Physicians Endoscopy

5. 2. Hidden Ways Your ASC is Leaving Money on the Table: 20 Ways to Improve an ASCs Coding -- Stephanie Ellis, President Ellis Medical Consulting

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.

Amerinet. As a leading national group purchasing organization, Amerinet strategically partners with healthcare providers to reduce costs and improve quality through its Total Spend Management solutions and operational performance improvement programs, tools and services. Learn more about Amerinet.

Cygnus Medical. Cygnus Medical specializes in products and services for the endoscopy suite, the operating room and the sterile processing department. Learn more about Cygnus Medical.

Physicians Capital. This Nashville-based firm provides loans based solely on the future cash flow of a surgery or diagnostic center. Read more about Physicians Capital.

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.

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.

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

ASCs Inc. ASCs Inc. helps physician-owners of ASCs form strategic relationships with leading ASC management companies and hospitals, and also represents physician-owners of ASCs and medical office building real estate. Learn more about ASCs Inc.

Blue Chip Surgical Center Partners. Founded by ASC veteran Jeff Leland, Blue Chip holds an equity stake in its projects and also serves as a managing partner, with several highly profitable, physician-led centers in operation around the country and a number of projects in the works. Learn more about Blue Chip.

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.

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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