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October 6, 2009
October Special Issue of Becker's ASC Review

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1. Concerns Raised on the Valuation of Surgery Centers (Advisory Opinion 09-9). Click Here

2. 5 Best Practices for Increasing Volume Through Cultivating Relationships With Employers and Consumers. Click Here

3. 66 Women to Know in the ASC Industry. Click Here
4. Publisher's Letter: The Five Biggest Issues Facing Surgery Centers Right Now. Click Here
5. 10 Steps to Improving ASC Profitability With Dr. Brent Lambert of ASCOA. Click Here

6. 10 Lessons Learned From Turnarounds. Click Here

7. ASC Leaders Share Advice and Experiences About 5 Critical Management Issues. Click Here

8. How Much Should a Surgery Center Administrator Be Paid? Click Here

9. Statistics on ASC Staff Salaries. Click Here

10. 12 Critical Areas of Focus to Increase Your ASC's Reimbursement. Click Here

11. 4 Critical Components of Implementing an Effective Patient Survey Model. Click Here

12. Developing a Bariatrics Program in an ASC. Click Here

13. 8 Statistics About Surgery Center Operating Expenses Per Case. Click Here

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Anesthesia Healthcare Partners
10 Great Companies to Know

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HealthMark Partners. HealthMark Partners owns and operates single and multi-specialty ambulatory surgery centers throughout the United States by creating joint-ventures with physicians or physicians and hospitals. Read more about HealthMark.

Kaye/Bassman International. Greg Zoch, a partner and managing director with Kaye/Bassman International, has served many of the industry's largest players by finding top talent at the facility and corporate level; Mr. Zoch specializes heavily in the ASC world. Learn more about Kaye/Bassman.

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.

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.

Anesthesia Healthcare Partners. AHP provides ASCs, hospitals, or office-based practice with the choice of all-inclusive anesthesia service solutions or any combination of those distinct anesthesia service components, which include anesthesia billing, recruitment and practice management. Learn more about AHP.

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

PENTAX Medical Company. PENTAX offers detection and efficiency solutions for video and fiber endoscopy equipment and computer technology/imaging products for diagnostic, therapeutic and research applications in the GI, ENT and pulmonary fields. Learn more about PENTAX.

Implantable Provider Group. IPG works with providers, facilities, manufacturers and commercial payors to fully manage all aspects of high-cost implantable medical devices. Read more about IPG.

Alternate Medical Billing Systems. Alternate Medical Billing Systems provides a number of medical billing services including claim filing, billing statements, coding, payment posting, denials/rejections analysis and much more. Learn more about Alternate Medical Billing Systems.

National Surgical Care. National Surgical Care, a nationwide owner and operator of ambulatory surgical centers, focuses on addressing the needs and problems confronting surgery centers across the country. Learn more about NSC.

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