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1. Out-of-Network Payment Squeeze: 4 ASC Trends and Challenges. Click Here

2. Compliance Guidelines Related to Selling Units in an ASC to Physician Investors. Click Here 

3. 8 Statistics About Surgery Center Operating Expenses Per Operating Room. Click Here

Editor's Note: The Sept./Oct. issue of Becker's ASC Review will focus on anesthesia in ASCs. If you would like to serve as a source for a story or contribute a column on anesthesia, please e-mail Rob Kurtz ( For information about advertising in this issue, which will also feature 50 ASC Administrators to Know and 75 Great ASC Physician Leaders, e-mail Jessica Cole (

4. VMG Health Releases 2009 Intellimarker Benchmarking Study, the single best and free benchmarking resource in the ASC industry. Click Here 

5. Survey Lists Best-Paying Jobs for Physicians. Click Here View the highest and lowest paying physician jobs.

6. Don't Miss Dr. Dan Pereles, Orthopedic Surgeon & Medical Director for Surgery Center of Maryland in Silver Spring, and Chris Bishop, VP, ASCOA, Discuss "A Step-by-Step Guide to Recruiting Physicians" at the 16th Annual Improving Profitability, and Business and Legal Issues for ASCs, from Oct. 8-10 in Chicago. Learn more. Click Here

7. New Jersey Surgeon and Office Manager Charged With Healthcare Fraud. Click Here

8. Learn More About Our Featured E-Weekly Advertisers: Kaye/Bassman, ASCOA, mdStrategies and Surgical Notes.

9. Coding Guidance: Clarification of Hardware Removal, by Paul Cadorette of mdStrategies. Click Here

10. Call for Immediate Action: Physician Hospitals of America Calls for Support Against Bill Restricting Physician Ownership. Click Here

Correction: In 170 People to Know in the ASC Industry, the bio of David W. Odell of MedBridge Surgery Center Billing should have read as the following:

David W. Odell, CPA. Mr. Odell is the founder and president of MedBridge Surgery Center Billing, which has been providing comprehensive billing services exclusively to ASCs for more than 10 years. As a CPA by trade, Mr. Odell has over 12 years' experience in the ASC industry, with a focus on maximizing net revenue through enhanced billing and collection processes. 
Healthcare Reform and its Impact on ASCs: 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:

Physician Hospital Joint Ventures and the ASC Business: 5 Lessons from the Front Lines -- Joe Clark, Executive Vice President, Surgical Care Affiliates

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

3. Driving a Business to Success, Lessons from Jack Welch and GE and the Importance of Effective Communication -- Bill Lane, Former Speech Writer to Jack Welch

4. The Payors View of ASCs and Paying for Healthcare -- Steven Stern, MD, VP Neuroscience, Orthopedic and Spine, United Healthcare

5. How to Work With Generation Y -- Bruce Bright, Lt. Colonel, Introduced by Bart Starr

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.

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.

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.

Mnet Collection Agency. Mnet Financial, the preferred collection agency service vendor to United Surgical Partners and Health Inventures, is a receivables management company offering cost effective ways to increase cash flow and reduce debt for professional services. Learn more about Mnet Financial.

Kaye/Bassman International. Greg Zoch, a partner and managing director with Kaye/Bassman International, has served many of the industry's largest players by finding top talent at the facility and corporate level; Mr. Zoch specializes heavily in the ASC world. Learn more about Kaye/Bassman.

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.

mdStrategies. mdStrategies is a full-service coding, auditing, and education company focused on the ASC market, providing full-time and as needed coding services, coding and reimbursement audits, as well as conducting coding seminars and webinars. Learn more about mdStrategies.

AdvantEdge Healthcare Solutions. AdvantEdge Healthcare Solutions, an IBM Business Partner, develops medical billing technology and offers billing and A/R services for ASCs. Learn more about AdvantEdge Healthcare Solutions.

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.

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.

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.

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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