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October 20, 2009
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1. Average Surgery Center Staff Hours Per Case By Total Case Volume. Click Here

2. Texas OB/GYN Pleads Guilty to Healthcare Fraud. Click Here

3. FDA Launches Study of LASIK Safety Issues, Issues Warning Letter to 17 LASIK Centers. Click Here

4. CON Debate Between FirstHealth of the Carolinas and Cape Fear Valley Health System Continues Over Number of ORs for Proposed North Carolina Surgery Center. Click Here

5. 3 Best Practices for Handling Appealed vs. Corrected Claims. Click Here

6. Amkai Names New CEO. Click Here

7. Amerinet and ASC Communications present the free Webcast "Working Proactively to Avoid Reactive Situations and Achieve Patient Safety Actualization." This Webcast will focus on the importance of continuous quality improvement and ways to identify proactive, practical assessment tools to achieve a higher level of quality in an ASC, hosted by Holly Hampe, director, quality and safety for Amerinet. The Webcast takes place tomorrow, Wednesday, Oct. 21 from 2:15 - 3:15 p.m. EDT. To register for and learn more about the program, click here and then click "Amerinet."

8. Business Office Manager Sought for Texas ASC: Immediate opening for a dynamic office manager in an ASC in Central Austin. Applicant must have experience in the following areas: Management, A/P (QuickBooks), management of complete A/R cycle, surgery scheduling, medical billing and coding. Five years of healthcare experience required. ASC experience strongly desired. Must thrive working in a fast-paced environment. Hours 8:30-5:00 with full benefits. Salary based on experience. E-mail resume and references to

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

APIC. The Association for Professionals in Infection Control & Epidemiology has more than 12,000 members who have primary responsibility for infection prevention, control and epidemiology in healthcare settings around the globe. Learn more about APIC.

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