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Subject: [Becker's ASC E-Weekly] OIG Advisory Opinion 9-9 Raises Concerns on the Approach to Valuation of Surgery Centers and Healthcare Businesses | ASC Association Announces New ASC Political Advocacy Committee | 5 Days Left for Early Registration Savings: 16th Annual ASC Improving Profitability Conference |
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1. Concerns Raised on the Approach to Valuation of Surgery Centers and Healthcare Businesses (Advisory Opinion 09-9). Click Here

2. ASC Association Announces New ASC Political Advocacy Committee. Click Here

3. 72 Physician Leaders in the ASC Industry. Click Here

4. 5 Days Left for Early Registration Savings: Don't Miss GE advisor Bill Lane discussing "Driving a Business to Success, Lessons from Jack Welch and GE and The Importance of Effective Communication" at the 16th Annual Improving Profitability, and Business and Legal Issues for ASCs, from Oct. 8-10 in Chicago. Learn more. Click Here

5. 13 Orthopedic-and Spine-Driven ASCs. Click Here

6. 20 Physician-Owned Hospital CEOs to Know. Click Here

7. Guide to Understanding RACs: 5 Steps for Your ASC to Become Better Prepared, by Cristina Bentin of Coding Compliance Management. Click Here

8. Learn More About Our Featured E-Weekly Advertisers: ASCOA, SmartFund Medical, ProVation Medical and Amkai.

9. 23 Gastroenterologists to Know. Click Here

10. Nominations Sought: We are seeking nominations for 1) 10 Great Single-Specialty ASCs; 2) 10 Best ASCs That Perform More Than 10,000 Procedures Annually; and 3) 10 Great ASC/Hospital Joint Ventures. To submit a nomination, e-mail Scott Becker ( or Rob Kurtz ( 
Great Practical Guidance to Improve Your ASC's Profits Immediately: 16th Annual Improving Profitability, and Business and Legal Issues for ASCs: Oct. 8-10, Chicago

Five of the great topics on the program agenda:

Building Outstanding and Profitable Pain Management Centers, Making Pain Profitable -- Robin Fowler, MD, Interventional Spine and Pain Management Ambulatory Surgical Center

2. Pain Management in ASCs: Clinical and Business Issues -- Scott Glaser, MD, DABIPP, Pain Specialists of Greater Chicago

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

4. How to Add Spine to an ASC and How to Make Spine Profitable -- Joseph Stapleton, MD and Jordi Kellogg, MD, East Portland Surgery Center, With Introduction by Jeff Leland, CEO, Blue Chip Surgical Partners

5. Internal Controls that are Necessary to Prevent Fraud at Your ASC: A Real Life Experience -- Sam Rice, MD, Treasurer, Doctors' Surgery Center of Apple Valley

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.

Marasco & Associates. Marasco & Associates is a national architecture that has helped develop more than 300 ASCs and over 1,500 healthcare facilities nationwide over its 30-plus-year history. Read more about Marasco & Associates.

SourceMedical. SourceMedical is the leading provider of outpatient information solutions and services, collectively serving ASCs and surgical hospitals. Learn more about SourceMedical.

Prexus Health. Prexus Health is a 100 percent physician-owned company that specializes in the development and management of multi-specialty, physician-owned ASCs and small hospitals. Learn more about Prexus Health.

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.

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.

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

Amkai. Amkai is a software company with 20-plus years of experience delivering administrative and clinical solutions to ASCs, surgical hospitals and physician practices. Read more about Amkai.

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.

HealthMark Partners. HealthMark Partners owns and operates single and multi-specialty ambulatory surgery centers throughout the United States by creating joint-ventures with physicians or physicians and hospitals. Read more about HealthMark.

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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