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Subject: [Becker's ASC Review] What the Standard & Poors Downgrade Says About Healthcare Reform | 10 Stats About ASC Management Companies | Medical Facilities Corp. Revenue Jumps 6% | 300 Spots Remain -- Register Now for the Oct. ASC Conference!
Becker's ASC Review
News and Analysis
August 15, 2011

1. Why Did Standard & Poors Downgrade the United States? (and What It Says About Healthcare Reform). Click Here

2. CMS Releases Results From 5-Year Physician Practice Study. Click Here

3. Medical Facilities Corp. Reports 6% Increase in Revenue. Click Here  

4. Watch Attendees Discuss the Orthopedic, Spine and Pain Management-Driven ASC Conference in June! Don't Miss Out On The Next One -- Less Than 300 Spots Remain for the 18th Annual Ambulatory Surgery Centers Conference (Oct. 27-29, 2011; Chicago). Learn more and register today! Click Here

5. What Management Companies Want: 10 Statistics About ASC Owners and Operators. Click Here

6. Pfizer Reports "Potentially Improper Payments" Made Outside U.S. Click Here

7. Improving Cataract Surgeon Efficiency: Q&A With Michele Gamache at Peopose Vision Institute. Click Here
8. 15 Great Physicians in Michigan. Click Here
9. 3 Breakthroughs in GI Endoscopy. Click Here

10. Justice Department Issues Subpoenas to Merck Over Drug Marketing. Click Here

11. ASC Communications is seeking an entry-level assistant account manager to join our growing sales team in our Chicago office. For more information or to apply, contact Jessica Cole at
12. Healthcare Private Equity Golf Outing: McGuireWoods is hosting its 2nd Annual Healthcare Investors Golf Outing in Chicago on Sept. 15. For more information, please contact

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18th Annual Ambulatory Surgery Centers Conference: Improving Profitability & Business and Legal Issues
This exclusive conference -- the Best Annual ASC Business & Clinical Conference -- is presented by Becker's ASC Review, ASC Communications, the ASC Association and the Ambulatory Surgery Foundation and takes place Oct. 27-29 at the Westin Michigan Avenue in Chicago. It brings together surgeons, administrators and ASC business and clinical leaders to discuss how to improve your ASC and its bottom line in these challenging but opportunity-filled times. Learn more about the conference by clicking here.

Highlights include:

1. 90 Sessions, 132 Speakers

2. Great keynote speakers including Bill Walton, Hall of Fame NBA Basketball Player; Sam Donaldson, ABC News Veteran and former Chief White House Correspondent for ABC News; and Adrian Gostick, Author and Global Thought Leader on Workplace Strategy

3. Discounts for registering early, when registering two or more attendees, and for ASC Association members and paid Becker's ASC Review subscribers

4. Earn your CME, CASC and CEU Credits

5. Here are just four of the conference's great sessions:

A. Endoscopy Centers - Key Trends and Issues -- Frank Principati, COO, and Frank Coll, VP of New Business Development, Physicians Endoscopy


B. Effective Clinical Benchmarking and Infection Control: Regina Robinson, Director, Peninsula Surgery Center      


C. Developing a Spine Driven ASC: The Essentials for Success -- Kenny Hancock, President & Chief Development Officer, Meridian Surgical Partners 


D. Infection Control in ASCs: Best Practices and Current Ideas --  Phenelle Segal, RN, CIC, President, Infection Control Consulting Services, LLC     


Learn more about the conference by clicking here


Register online by clicking here. You can also call (703) 836-5904 or e-mail To sponsor or exhibit at the conference, contact Jessica Cole at
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1. Becker's Hospital Review
2. Becker's Orthopedic & Spine Review   

3. ASC Turnarounds: Ideas to Improve Performance & Benchmarking
- sponsored by ASCOA 
4. ASC Transactions & Valuation Issues
- sponsored by VMG Health 
5. Stark Act & Antikickback Statute

6. Anesthesia - sponsored by Somnia Anesthesia Services 
7. GI & Endoscopy-Driven ASCs
- sponsored by Physicians Endoscopy and Olympus
8. Pain Management
Orthopedic, Spine & Pain Management-Driven ASCs
10. ASC Coding, Billing & Collections - sponsored by AdvantEdge Healthcare Solutions 
ASC Supply Chain & Materials Management - sponsored by B. Braun Medical 
12. ASC Accreditation, Licensure & Medicare Certification
- sponsored by AAAHC
ASC Quality & Infection Control 
14. 100 Best Places to Work - 2011    
24 Companies to Know



2. Surgical Care Affiliates:;  3. VMG Health: |

4. SourceMedical Revenue Cycle Solutions: |;  

5. SurgicalNotes:

6. HealthCare Appraisers:

7. Vantage Outsourcing:

8. ASD Management: |;  
9. Surgery Partners:

10. SourceMedical Revenue Cycle Solutions: |;  

11. ProVation Medical:;
12. Provista:

13. Interventional Management Services:;  

14. Meridian Surgical Partners: |; 

15. EVEIA:;

16. ASC Turnaround Group:;   

17. Laser Spine Institute: 

18. Amerinet:; 

19. SourceMedical:;
20. Practice Partners in Healthcare:;
21. Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program:; 

22. Pinnacle III:; 

23. Surgical Management Professionals:; 

24. McKesson Medical-Surgical:  

25. Regent Surgical Health:;  


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