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September 18, 2008
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1. Four Critical Concepts From the Latest Stark Act Regulations, by Scott Becker, JD, CPA, and Elissa Moore, JD. Click Here button

2. Top 10 Procedures Associated With the Most Expensive Hospital Outpatient Surgery Procedures. Click Here button

3. Gain Practical Guidance You Can Use Immediately: Add profits, work better with payors and understand the key statistics most important to ASCs. Learn about these topics and more at the fall ASC conference, Oct. 23 to 25 in Chicago. Click Here button

4. Top 10 Outpatient Surgical Procedures in Hospitals. Click Here button

5. Becker's ASC Review Salutes the ASC Association for its leadership in the ASC Industry. To join the ASC Association, call (703) 836-8808, or visit its Web site: Click Here button

6. Ophthalmologists Report High Satisfaction With EHR. Click Here button

7. Surgical Notes has launched commercials for its new SnChart application Click Here button and the VMR Express Click Here button

8. New Sg2 and McGuireWoods 57-Page Report, Accelerating Hospital-Physician Collaboration 2008, Examines Hospital-Physician Relationships and Arrangements to Secure Successful Alignment; for a free copy: Click Here button

9. Develop a Policy to Address Propofol Use. Click Here button

10. QSE Technologies Lauded by Business Magazine. Click Here button

11. ASC Communications is seeking a high-energy, smart and customer-focused account representative. Send CV and cover letter to Scott Becker. Click Here button
Key Cost Data for Procedures Requiring Implants

Here are some key statistics and cost figures for procedures requiring implants, courtesy of Implantable Provider Group.

1. Cost for implants range from 50 to 80 percent of total procedure costs, depending on the specialty.

2. Implant costs for various procedures:

- orthopedic joint reconstruction: $6,000 to $12,000

- orthopedic sports medicine: $2,500 to $5,000

- spine procedures: $6,000 to $40,000

- neurostimulators and Infustion pumps (permanent implants): $12,000 to $30,000

- interventional cardiology procedures: $3,500 to $10,000

- cardiac rhythm management procedures: $6,500 to $35,000

Learn more about IPG.
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Fewer Than 50 Registration Spots Left for
Fall ASC Conference Oct. 23-25 -- Register Today!

15th Annual Improving Profits and Business and Legal Issues for ASCs
Presented by ASC Communications and the Ambulatory Surgery Foundation
Sheraton Hotel and Towers, Chicago
Oct. 23 to 25

We have added rooms to our block, but it is again nearly sold out. Book your hotel ASAP. The Sheraton Hotel and Towers has set aside special group rates for conference attendees. Please contact the hotel directly to make your reservation. Be sure to mention you are attending the ASC Conference in order to receive the discounted group rate.

To make a reservation, go to, or call (800) 325-3535 or (312) 464-1000.

Group room rates:
Standard - $289 (single) or $319 (double)
Club Rooms - $364 (single) or $394 (double)

Here are five great examples of topics that will be covered at the pre-conference on Thursday, Oct. 23:

1. A Case Study Approach to Building an ASC -- Tom Mallon, CEO, Regent Surgical Health; Jeff Simmons, President, Western Division, Regent Surgical Health; Jim Lynch, MD, Chairman, Director, SpineNevada and Surgery Center of Reno, Director of Spine Services, Regent Surgical Health

2. Payor Trends, Impact on Negotiation Strategies and the Impact of the CMS Conversion in Methodology on Commercial Contract Negotiations -- Naya Kehayes, CEO, Eveia Health Consulting and Management

3. Gastroenterology, Ophthalmology (and Retina) and ENT, Pain Management and Bariatrics in ASCs -- What Works and What Doesn't? Tips For Improving Profits -- Anne Roberts, RN, Administrator, Surgery Center of Reno; Steve Blom, Specialty Surgery Center in San Antonio, Regional Director, National Surgical Care; John Poisson, Executive VP, Physicians Endoscopy; Doug Hoisington, DO

4. Different Methods to Improve Your ASC -- Recruiting and Physician Buy-Ins, Collections, Patient Financing -- Chris Bishop, VP of Bus. Development, ASCOA; Doug Lewis, Managing Director, Physicians Capital; Tyler Marsh, Affiliated Credit Services; Rob Morris, CareCredit

5. Orthopedics in ASCs -- What Can You Expect in the Next Few Years? -- John Cherf, MD, Dept. of Orthopedics, Neurological & Orthopedic Hospital of Chicago

To see the entire agenda, download the conference brochure (PDF).

There are four ways to register:

1. Fill out and mail or fax the registration form in the conference brochure.
2. Call (703) 836-5904 or (800) 417-2035.
3. Register online by clicking here.
4. E-mail

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Thank You to 9 Great Companies

1. GE Healthcare Financial Services. GE Healthcare Financial Services' outpatient finance team offers flexible solutions for physician-owned hospitals and outpatient centers. The company is exhibiting at the Oct. ASC conference. Learn more about GE.

2. Pentax Medical. Pentax Medical's dedication to physician, nurse and medical excellence through innovative technologies is cevident with the recent introduction of its intelligent suite of GI products like the redefining EPK-i Digital Processor and Pentax i-FLEX scopes -- the market's most comprehensive and advanced GI unit solutions to date. You will see the company's ads in October editions of Becker's ASC E-Weekly. Read more about Pentax.

3. Spine Surgical Innovation. Spine Surgical Innovation designs and markets the Holmed Swivel Port System, which is designed for ease of use and intended for posterior or lateral lumbar surgery. The company has signed on for ads in Becker's ASC Review and Becker's Orthopedic and Spine Review. Read more about Spine Surgical Innovation.

4. Anesthesia Healthcare Partners. AHP provides your hospital, ASC or office-based practice all-inclusive anesthesia service solutions, including anesthesia billing, recruitment and practice management. You can see the company's ads at Learn more about AHP.

5. Marasco & Associates. Marasco & Associates is a national architecture and consulting firm, dedicated to providing quality facility design and development assistance for outpatient medical facilities, private physician groups, hospitals and institutional clients. Read more about Marasco.

6. Medtronic. Medtronic makes high-quality, surgical instruments and information tools for ENT and navigation. The company will exhibit at the October ASC conference. Learn more about Medtronic.

7. MediSISS. MediSISS is a third-party medical device reprocessing company, registered and inspected by the FDA, that serves both hospitals and freestanding ASCs. The company will exhibit at the October ASC Conference. Learn more about MediSISS.

8. Red Card Surgical Network. The Red Card Surgical Network will join ASCs together to provide care to cardholders. Learn more about this exciting new company by visiting its booth at the October ASC Conference.

9. Pacific Surgical Partners. PSP was created to own and operate outpatient surgery centers exclusively in southern California, primarily in conjunction with physician partners. Thc company's print ads will appear in the ASC Review in 2009. Learn more about PSP.

Upcoming ASC Events
15th Improving Profitability, and Business, Strategic, Clinical and Legal Issues for ASCs
Oct. 23 to 25, 2008

The 7th Annual Orthopedics-, Pain Management- and Spine-Driven ASC Conference
June 11 to 13, 2009

For a complete list of upcoming events, click here
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