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Subject: [Becker's ASC Review] 3 Most Important ASC Specialties Resisting Movement to Hospital Employment/OIG to Review ASC Payment Rate Methodology/10 Physician Fraud Cases Making Headlines
Becker's ASC Review
News & Analysis
Oct. 7, 2010

1. 3 Most Important ASC Specialties Resisting the Trend of Movement to Employment by Hospitals: A Quick Look at Orthopedics, Ophthalmology and Gastroenterology. Click Here

2. OIG to Review ASC Payment Rate Methodology, Place-of-Service Errors and Provider-Based Status for Hospital Outpatient Facilities. Click Here

3. 10 Physician Fraud Cases Making Headlines. Click Here  

4. Physician Shortage Projected to be 50% Worse Than Pre-Reform Expectations. Click Here

5. Registration Closes in 9 Days: Hear Scott Becker Discuss How ASCs Fit Into ACOs (It's Not a Positive Prognosis) at the 17th Annual Improving Profitability, Business and Legal Issues for ASCs Conference (Oct. 21-23, Chicago). To register, Click Here

6. Meridian Surgical Partners Acquires Missouri Surgery Center. Click Here Learn more about Meridian Surgical Partners.

7. VMG Health's ASC Multi-Specialty Intellimarker 2010 is an essential tool for managing your center. It is published by VMG Health, a leading valuation firm for ASCs. To receive a free copy of the Intellimarker, visit and click on the Intellimarker cover image on the left.

8. Subscribe to the new, free Becker's ASC Quality, Safety & Infection Control E-weekly, focusing on news and analysis about ASC quality, safety, infection control and accreditation. E-mail or Click Here

9. 10 Most Popular ASC Stories in September. Click Here

10. 10 Steps to Take to Add Spine to an Existing Orthopedic Surgery Center. Click Here Features insight from Chris Bishop of Blue Chip Surgical Center Partners.

11. Editor's note: To clarify a statement made in a previously published story: "Medicare will not reimburse for a patient who is treated in an ASC that resides in a skilled nursing facility" -- Certain parties may be getting reimbursed for such services. It has been our general understanding that the ASC should be paid by the SNF and not Medicare itself when services are provided to a patient of an SNF. We advise each center to consult their own billing consultant and counsel.

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