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October 1, 2009
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1. OIG Won't Prosecute Doctors' Network to Advertise Services, Provide Referrals. Click Here

2. Case Volume Statistics for ASCs by Region. Click Here

3. Texas Physician Pursues Suit Alleging Unethical Practices by Insurer. Click Here

4. Reader Question: What benchmark or rule does your ASC follow to determine what time a surgeon is expected to arrive at the surgery center prior to the first case of the day? If you have experienced a surgeon that regularly showed up late, what best practices did you follow to address this challenge? Please send your thoughts to Rob Kurtz by e-mailing or reply to this E-weekly. Responses will remain anonymous. Thank you.

5. Low Cost of Surgery at Michigan ASC Highlighted in News Story. Click Here

6. Learn More About Our Featured E-Weekly Advertisers: ASCOA, VMG Health, AAAHC and B. Braun.

7. Stricter Self-Referral Laws Go Into Effect Oct. 1. Click Here

8. Virginia Hospital Opens Office Building With ASC Jointly Owned With Surgeons. Click Here

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10 Great Companies to Know

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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.

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.

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.

The Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care. AAAHC/Accreditation Association has become a leader in ambulatory healthcare accreditation with more than 4,000 organizations accredited nationwide, including endoscopy centers, ASCs, office-based surgery centers, managed care organizations, student health centers, and large medical and dental group practices. Learn more about AAAHC.

B. Braun. For 150 years, B. Braun has developed a rich heritage of knowledge and expertise for delivering innovative healthcare products, medical devices and programs designed to improve both patient and health-professional safety. Learn more about B. Braun.

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.

Surgical Outcomes Information Exchange. SOIX offers services to benchmark performance and outcomes for accreditation, risk management and quality patient care in surgery centers. Learn more about SOIX.

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.

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