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August 20, 2009
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1. 8 Statistics About Surgery Center Operating Expenses Per Case. Click Here

2. AHIP Takes Shot Across the Bow at Out-of-Network Payments. Click Here

3. Two Texas Physicians Charged With 35 Additional Charges of Medicare Fraud. Click Here

4. "Out-of-Network Strategies and Tactics: A Research-Driven Discussion" and "Strategic Responses of an ASC to Dramatic Changes in Reimbursement" have been added to the 16th Annual Improving Profitability, and Business and Legal Issues for ASCs program. The sessions will be led by Scott J. Rein, Founder and President of Strategic Outpatient Solutions. Learn more about the conference, which will take place Oct. 8-10 in Chicago, by clicking here or see below for more details and savings opportunities.

5. Study Shows Leasing and Financing of Medical Equipment Increases. Click Here

6. Ohio Hospital Opens New Surgery Center. Click Here

7. Top 10 States With the Most RNs. Click Here Fewest RNs. Click Here

8. Learn More About Our Featured E-Weekly Advertisers: ASCOA, VMG Health, SmartFund Medical and MEDtegrity.

9. Twin Cities Orthopedics and Surgical Care Affiliates Partner to Develop Orthopedic Surgery Center. Click Here

10. AAAHC Seeking Public Comment on Standards Revisions. Click Here
11 Days Left for Early Registration to 16th Annual Improving Profitability, and Business and Legal Issues for ASCs: Oct. 8-10, Chicago

ASC Communications, together with the ASC Association, will be hosting its 16th Annual ASC Conference on Improving the Profitability of ASCs and Business and Legal Issues for ASCs from Oct. 8-10 in Chicago. We have a really interesting program including speakers such as Norm Ornstein of the American Enterprise Institute on the Politics of HealthCare Reform, Dr. Steve Stern from United Healthcare (medical director of orthopedics and spine at United HealthCare), Bill Lane, the long-time speech writer for Jack Welch and author of "Jacked Up," Kathy Bryant, president of the ASC Association, and Bruce Bright, together with Hall of Fame football player Bart Starr, on working with Generation Y.  

We also have outstanding panels on the "Best Ideas for ASCs Now" with such leading industry CEOs and officers as Brent Lambert, Richard Francis, Tom Mallon and Rick Pence, and an outstanding panel on "Key Concepts to Improve the Profitability of ASCs: A Focus on Orthopedics, Gastroenterology and Ophthalmology" with Barry Tanner, Buddy Bacon, Bill Southwick and Naya Kehayes.     

There are, in total, more than 70 sessions and more than 97 speakers. 

Overall, it is an outstanding program with a timely agenda.  

If you'd like a full copy of the brochure, please e-mail Scott Becker ( or click here (pdf). To register, call (703) 836-5904 or click here

Early Registration ends Sept. 1. There are also discounts for paid subscribers to the Becker's ASC Review and for members of the ASC Association.

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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.

Implantable Provider Group. IPG works with providers, facilities, manufacturers and commercial payors to fully manage all aspects of high-cost implantable medical devices. Read more about IPG.

Eveia Health Consulting & Management. Founded by I. Naya Kehayes, MPH, Eveia Health Consulting & Management is comprised of a team of seasoned professionals who are experts in reimbursement management, managed care contracting, and business management with a specialization in ASCs and surgical practices. Learn more about Eveia.

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

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.

SmartFund Medical. SmartFund Medical is a full service billing and collections company that specializes in ASC billing, coding, collections, patient payment programs, and funding accounts receivable. Learn more about SmartFund Medical.

MEDtegrity. The MEDtegrity Medical Laundry Network is a $500 million commercial laundry network and of one of the largest and most successful independent and family-owned laundries in the United States. Learn more about MEDtegrity.

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.

JCB Laboratories. JCB Laboratories is a compounding pharmacy that serves the ASC market place and focuses exclusively on preparing sterile products. Learn more about JCB Labs.

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.
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Learn more about Serbin Surgery Center Billing.
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