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September 24, 2009
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1. 20 Things You Should Know About ASCs. Click Here The entire article on "40 Things You Should Know About ASCs" will appear in the Nov./Dec. issue of Becker's ASC Review.

2. Andrew Hayek, Chair of the New ASC Advocacy Committee, Discusses its Origin, Makeup and Objectives. Click Here

3. Average Coder Salaries by Employer. Click Here

4. Less Than 20 Registration Spots Remain; Just Two Weeks Until the 16th Annual Improving Profitability, and Business and Legal Issues for ASCs, from Oct. 8-10 in Chicago. Learn more. Click Here

5. Joint Commission Announces 2010 National Patient Safety Goals. Click Here

6. ASC Financing: Sound Strategies & Proven Tactics, by Jay Rom of Blue Chip Surgical Center Partners. Click Here

7. Call for Nominations: Best ASCs to Work For. If your ASC is a great place to work, please tell us why by e-mailing Rob Kurtz at list of "25 Great ASCs to Work For" will be published in the January issue of Becker's ASC Review. To sponsor this list, e-mail Jessica Cole at or call (800) 417-2035.

8. Learn More About Our Featured E-Weekly Advertisers: MEDtegrity, ASCOA, SmartFund Medical and Meridian Surgical Partners.

9. Stephanie Stinson of Strictly Pediatrics Discusses Qualities of an Effective Healthcare Leader. Click Here

10. Social Networking: Understand the Risks, by Marion K. Jenkins of QSE Technologies. Click Here 
Less Than Two Weeks Until the 16th Annual Improving Profitability, and Business and Legal Issues for ASCs: Oct. 8-10, Chicago - Register Today!

Now in its 16th year, this conference, presented by ASC Communications, Ambulatory Surgery Foundation, ASC Association and Becker's ASC Review, brings together surgeons, administrators, and surgery center business and clinical leaders to discuss key business, financial, clinical and legal issues facing ASCs such as benchmarking, cost cutting, safe harbors, billing and coding, revenue growth and many more in specialties including orthopedics, GI, ophthalmology, spine, ENT and bariatrics.

Other highlights include:

1. 74 sessions providing great practical guidance for surgeons, proceduralists, physician owners, administrators and ASC leadership that can improve profits and efficiency immediately.

2. 97 industry expert speakers.

3. Networking with 650 surgeons, administrators, industry leaders, speakers and exhibitors.

4. Outstanding pre-conference workshop.

5. Registration discounts for Becker's ASC Review subscribers and members of the ASC Association.

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.

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.

Amerinet. As a leading national group purchasing organization, Amerinet strategically partners with healthcare providers to reduce costs and improve quality through its Total Spend Management solutions and operational performance improvement programs, tools and services. Learn more about Amerinet.

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.

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.

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.

Meridian Surgical Partners. Meridian aligns with physicians in the acquisition, development and management of multi-specialty ASCs and surgical facilities. Read more about Meridian.

Blue Chip Surgical Center Partners. Founded by ASC veteran Jeff Leland, Blue Chip holds an equity stake in its projects and also serves as a managing partner, with several highly profitable, physician-led centers in operation around the country and a number of projects in the works. Learn more about Blue Chip.

Cygnus Medical. Cygnus Medical specializes in products and services for the endoscopy suite, the operating room and the sterile processing department. Learn more about Cygnus Medical.

Surgical Anesthesia Services. Surgical Anesthesia Services delivers comprehensive anesthesia services exclusively to ASCs across the United States, with each ASC receiving a dedicated anesthesia team which does not rotate between competing facilities. Learn more about Surgical Anesthesia Services .

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
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Learn more about Amerinet.
Learn more about Serbin Surgery Center Billing.
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