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October 2, 2008
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1. 30 Orthopedic Procedures Added to Medicare ASC List in 2008 That Are Advantageous to Perform. Click Here button

2. 127 People to Know in the ASC Industry. Click Here button

3. 10 Interesting Statistics and Facts About Orthopedic Practice. Click Here button

4. Average Salaries for Top Recruited Specialties. Click Here button

5. USP 797 and Its Effect on ASCs. Click Here button

6. Office of Inspector General Issues Advisory Opinion -- Physician/Hospital Joint-Venture. Click Here button

7. Gastric Banding: Next Big Thing in Elective Surgery? Click Here button

8. A Physician Practice Primer: Seven Steps to Profit from Adding New Ancillary Services. Click Here button

9. More Charges, Indictments in $154 Million, Largest-Ever Insurance Fraud Scheme Involving ASC. Click Here button

10. 17 Statistics an ASC Should Look at Every Month. Click Here button

11. Reimbursement, Profit and Patient Selection Issues -- Spine and Orthopedic Cases. Click Here button

12. Ambulatory Surgical Centers -- An Analysis for the Next Five Years. Click Here button

13. Preparing for Quality Reporting in 2009. Click Here button

14. Fee Splitting Arrangement Between Physicians and Medical Biller Invalidated by Court. Click Here button

15. Non-Compete Agreement Imposed by Doctor Group on Physician's Practice Upheld by Court. Click Here button
From the VMG Intellimarker: Data on ASC Payor Mix

Commercial payors are responsible for more than half of reimbursement paid to ASCs, followed by Medicare. Here is a breakdown of payor types, according to VMG Health's 2008 Intellimarker.

1. Commercial payors -- 54.0 percent
2. Medicare -- 30.9 percent
3. Workers' compensation -- 5.8 percent
4. Medicaid -- 3.5 percent
5. Self-pay -- 3.0 percent
6. Other federal payors -- 2.5 percent
7. Charity care -- 0.3 percent

To receive a free copy of the VMG Health Intellimarker, the single best benchmarking resource in the ASC industry, click here. Learn more about VMG Health.
News and Highlights From ASC Communications

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2. Thank you to our 12 outstanding sponsors of the October ASC Conference; read more:  Click Here button

3. ASCs Inc. Advises Orion Medical Services in Meridian Surgical Partners Acquisition of NNI. Click Here button

4. Timothy Smith Joins HealthCare Appraisers. Click Here button

5. Ambulatory Surgical Group Takes Over Management of S&B Surgery Center in Beverly Hills. Click Here button

6. RM Crowe Makes First Acquisition for $50 Million Healthcare Real Estate Fund. Click Here button
Fewer Than 30 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:

1. 3 Ways to Add Profits to an ASC -- A Case Study -- Steve Burton, CEO, Ion Healthcare; Bob Wood, VP of Strategic Planning, Acclarent; Mel Gunawardena, CEO, MediGain

2. Current Strategies to Handle Out-of-Network and High Deductible Patients -- Cathy Weaver, Senior Manager, Somerset CPAs; John Seitz, CEO, Ambulatory Surgical Group

3. 10 Things We've Learned From the New CMS Reimbursement System and Coverage Rules -- Robert Cates, National Director of Managed Care, NSC

4. How a Hospital Partner Can Help an ASC - Should Your Hospital Own Shares and How Much Should It Own? -- Phil Taylor, MD, Knightsbridge Surgical Center; Robert Carrera, CEO, Pinnacle III; Ed Hetrick, President, Facility Development and Management

5. Assessing the Profitability of Different Specialties in ASCs -- Luke Lambert, CEO, ASCOA

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

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

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June 11 to 13, 2009

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