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July 23, 2009
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1. 6 Statistics About ASC Administrator Salaries, from the new VMG Health 2009 Intellimarker. Click Here

2. Healthcare Reform: An Overview of Key Concepts, by Scott Becker, JD, CPA, and Alison Vratil Mikula, JD. Click Here  

3. WSJ Reports on Office-Based Surgery Crackdowns.
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4. Don't Miss Greg DeConcilis, PA-C, CASC, Administrator of Boston Out-Patient Surgical Suites, Discuss "Key Tips for Success - Orthopedics in ASCs: What Works and What Doesn't" at the 16th Annual Improving Profitability, and Business and Legal Issues for ASCs, from Oct. 8-10 in Chicago. Learn more. Click Here Note: We have less than 15 of 65 exhibit booths still available for this conference. Exhibit rooms will include a full bar and cash raffles, and will be located on the same floor as the meeting. For more information about exhibiting, e-mail Jessica Cole ( or call (800) 417-2035.

5. 10 ASC Revenue Cycle Sticking Points, by Nicholas A. Newsad of Health Inventures. Click Here  


Administrator Sought for Texas Surgery Center: RMC MedStone is seeking an administrator for Stonegate Surgery Center in Austin, Texas. To learn more about the responsibilities and requirements, click here. E-mail resume and salary requirements (required) to


6. Two Texas Nurses Indicted After Complaining About Hospital Physician. Click Here

7. Outsource, In-source? What's the Right Resource? Outsourcing Your Human Resource Functions, by Robin Lacine and Tom Jacobs of MedHQ. Click Here

8. Learn More About Our Featured E-Weekly Advertisers: ASCOA, ProVation Medical, VMG Health and Surgical Notes.

9. Pennsylvania to Investigate Blue Cross Companies for Unfair or Anticompetitive Trade Practices. Click Here

10. Access MediQuip Names New CEO. Click Here

Upcoming Event: The deadline for registering for the mdStrategies 5th Annual Coding & Reimbursement Conference is today (Thurs., July 23). This 1.5 day ASC conference will focus on anatomy, 2009 ICD-9 diagnosis codes and CPT coding updates, and much more. Learn more and register by clicking here.
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:

Key Thoughts on Improving the Profits of Ophthalmology in ASCs -- John Fitz, MD, Surgery Center of Farmington

2. General Surgery in ASCs Current Trends and Opportunities -- George Trachtenberg, MD, Turks Head Surgery Center, and Jeff Leland, CEO, Blue Chip Surgical Partners

3. New Ideas For Payor Contracting for ASCs: Using CMS Methodology to Negotiate Greater Payments from Commercial Insurers -- Dan Connolly, MHS, ARM, Vice President of Development & Payor Contracting, Pinnacle III

4. Converting an ASC to an HOPD: Does it Make Sense and How Do You Make it Happen? -- AJ Mangal, CEO, Prexus Health Partners and Peter Laterza, General Counsel, Prexus Health Partners

5. 10 Ways to Cut Costs in an ASC -- John Goehle, CASC, MBA, CPA, and
Ed Hetrick, CEO, Facility Development & Management

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Access MediQuip. Access MediQuip is one of the largest and most experienced providers of outsourced implantable device management solutions to the healthcare industry. Learn more about Access MediQuip.

Foundation Surgery Affiliates. FSA is a healthcare management organization specializing in project development, innovative facility design, partner recruitment and facility operations. Read more about FSA.

ASC Billing Specialists. ASC Billing Specialists is a billing company dedicated to the needs of the ASC market, specializing in both out-of-network and in-network facilities. Learn more about ASC Billing Specialists.

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

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
ASC Quick Links
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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