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September 25, 2008
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1. 10 Legal Issues Facing Ambulatory Surgery Centers. Click Here button

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3. Fewer Than 40 Registration Spots Remain at Fall Conference, Oct. 23 to 25 in Chicago; Keynote Speaker Uwe Reinhardt Named 32nd Most Powerful Person in Healthcare by Modern Healthcare Register for the conference: Click Here button

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8. Hospital to Pay $89 Million to Settle Medicare, Medicaid Fraud Allegations . Click Here button

9. Surgical Notes and Source Medical invite everyone to the First Annual Fall ASC Conference Kick-Off Party, 8 to 11 p.m. Oct. 23 in Suite 929 at the Sheraton Hotel and Towers. Don't miss it -- register for the conference: Click Here button

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Further Assistance Interpreting the "One-Third" Rule

Q: Our general surgery group is an initial investor in an organization currently operating as a hospital-owned multi-specialty ASC, but that will convert to a joint-venture-owned ASC in a few months. It currently performs very little volume at the hospital-based ASC; most is done at the main hospital. How much volume should the group shift to the ASC once the joint-venture is operational in order to meet the one-third rule?

-- name withheld upon request

Scott Becker, JD, CPA: The group will have to not only generate one-third of its income from outpatient surgery, but its members will also have to perform one-third of the ASC cases at the ASC in which they are investors in order to meet the safe harbor.
What Is Your Surgical Facility Doing to Prevent Post-op Deep Vein Thrombosis?

Q: Are ASCs engaging in anticoagulation prophylaxis? What is your surgical facility's protocol for preventing post-op deep vein thrombosis (DVT)?

-- name withheld by request

E-mail your thoughts to this question to Stephanie Wasek at Be sure to include your name, title and business name for confirmation purposes (you may request that we publish your answer anonymously).

What Specialties Are the Most Important
to Your Surgical Facility?

Q: What specialties are the most important to your surgical facility?

E-mail your thoughts to this question to Stephanie Wasek at Be sure to include your name, title and business name for confirmation purposes (you may request that we publish your answer anonymously).
Fewer Than 40 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 conference:

Development, Prexus Health Partners

1. Making Urology a Success in Your ASC -- Bill Mobley, MD, Urological Associates; Herb Riemenschneider, MD, Knightsbridge Surgery Center

2. Ophthalmology and ENT in ASCs -- How to Succeed with Eyes and ENT -- Steve Blom, Specialty Surgery Center in San Antonio, NSC; Doug Hoisington, DO

3. The 10 Key Statistics You Should Look at Each Week and Month -- Boyd Faust, CPA, Chief Financial Officer, Titan Health

4. Key Practical Tips to Improving an ASC's Coding Efforts -- Stephanie Ellis, RN, CPC, President, Ellis Medical Consulting

5. How to Recruit High-Quality and Productive Surgeons to Work at Your ASC -- Rob Carrera, CEO, Pinnacle III

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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7. Professional Finance Company. Professional Finance Company is a full-service accounts receivable management company serving credit grantors for over 100 years with integrity and results. Read more about Professional Finance Company.

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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