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October 28, 2008
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1. Top 10 Most Frequently Reported Surgical Specialties in ASCs. Click Here button

2. Turnaround Case Study: Minor Issue or Fatal Flaw? By Jeffry A. Peters of Surgical Directions. Click Here button

3. Coder's Guide to ASC and Physician Practice Modifiers, by Stephanie Ellis, RN, CPC, of Ellis Medical Consulting. Click Here button

4. Doubts About Minimally Invasive Joint Surgery on Rise: Wall Street Journal. Click Here button

5. 20 Great Places to Work: Boulder Surgery Center (Boulder, Colo.). Click Here button

Look for the list of great ASCs to work at in the Jan./Feb. issue of Becker's ASC Review. To nominate an ASC as a great place to work, e-mail Scott Becker at

6. The Texas ASC Society's 2008 Annual Conference will be held in Austin, Texas, Nov. 13 and 14. The conference will provide attendees with an opportunity to learn more about the latest news about ASCs and interact with members of the Texas ASC industry. Registration details can be found at

7. Patient Safety and Quality Reporting: How an EMR Can Help, by Don Fallati and Tom Pinelli of Amkai. Click Here button

8. Advances in the Peri-Surgical Management of Sleep Apnea Patients, by Dr. Stephen Burton of Ion Healthcare. Click Here button

9. SCA and SCB Partner With Cambridge Healthcare Development. Click Here button

10. The Hospital Review E-weekly is a free weekly electronic publication that provides critical news reports, practical guidance, and statistics and lists for hospitals and health systems. Sign up now to start receiving this valuable resource. Click Here button For a free one-year subscription to The Hospital Review, e-mail Scott Becker.
Top 10 Manufacturers by Distribution to ASCs

Here are the top 10 manufacturers with the highest percentage of sales through distribution to surgery centers along with their percent of market share, according to SDI's 2008 Outpatient Surgery Center Market Report (citing GHX Market Intelligence).

1. Medline Industries -- 12 percent
2. Cardinal Health -- 9.6 percent
3. BD (Becton, Dickinson and Company) -- 6.5 percent

See the rest of the top 10 manufacturers by clicking here.

Source: SDI's 2008 Outpatient Surgery Center Market Report.

To learn more about SDI and this report, go to
Great Joint-Ventured ASC to Know: The Surgery Center at Mt. Zion, Atlanta, Ga.

The Surgery Center at Mt. Zion, providing outpatient surgery services and pain management care in Atlanta since 1997, is notable for its recent growth. In September, Gregory H. Lee, MD, whose areas of special interest include sports medicine and orthopedic surgery, joined the center's credentialed staff. He has been working at Atlanta Knee and Shoulder Clinic since August.

With this latest addition to the medical staff, the Surgery Center at Mt. Zion can accommodate even more outpatient opportunities for its Southern Crescent community and is on track to expand to a new facility in 2009. The relocation from Morrow, Ga., to Spivey Station, a 90-acre medical campus now under development in Jonesboro, Ga., will result in the facility's changing its name to Spivey Station Surgery Center.

Read the full profile for the Surgery Center at Mt. Zion here.
Nominations Sought for Jan. Issues of ASC Review, Hospital Review and Orthopedic & Spine Review

1. January Becker's ASC Review. We are seeking nominations for 40 management and development companies to watch for 2009 and for 20 great ASCs to work for. We are also seeking to profile three to five centers that excel in either bariatrics or GYN surgery. We are also seeking authors and interviewees in specialty specific areas such as bariatrics, anesthesia and general surgery. Please e-mail suggestions and nominations to Scott Becker.

The Becker's ASC Review is highly focused on business issues and practical guidance for ASCs and, as such, is read by physicians and physician-owners of ASCs, administrators and business-minded directors of nursing. Becker's ASC Review is not distributed to nor focused on hospital OR nurses; that is a great audience, just not the target audience of the publication.

To advertise or exhibit, e-mail Jessica Cole or call her at (800) 417-2035.

2. January Becker's Orthopedic & Spine Practice Review We are seeking nominations for five to 10 great spine surgeons. We have a separate list of 10 leading knee surgeons -- most of them nominated by one of the best knee surgeons in the country. Please e-mail suggestions and nominations to Scott Becker.

3. Nominations for knee products and devices, and orthopedic companies. We are also seeking suggestions on knee products and devices for this issue. We are also seeking to profile three leading orthopedic device companies. Please e-mail suggestions and nominations to Scott Becker.

4. January The Hospital Review. This publication, focused solely on hospitals, not all of healthcare, is seeking nominations for three lists: 20-investor owned hospital companies to know, five hospitals that excel in orthopedics and five hospitals that are great places to work for. Please e-mail suggestions and nominations to Scott Becker.

This issue will have some focus on orthopedics and spine in hospitals and strategies for hospitals. It will also have a great article on mergers and acquisitions trends for hospitals.

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If you'd like more information about or an introduction to any of these companies, e-mail Scott Becker.

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Amkai. Amkai is a software company with 20-plus years of experience delivering administrative and clinical solutions to ASCs, surgical hospitals and physician practices.

Credentialing Corporation of America. CCA is a credentials-verification organization that provides ongoing credentialing services such as primary-source verification and file preparation for ASCs and other healthcare entities.

10 Great Companies to Know

If you'd like more information about or an introduction to any of these companies, e-mail Scott Becker.

1. VMG Health. VMG Health is recognized by leading healthcare providers as one of the most trusted valuation and transaction advisors in the United States.

2. Erdman (A Cogdell Spencer Company). As an integrated provider, Erdman offers service from facility conception to completion, including advance planning, development, design and construction.

3. Meridian Surgical Partners. Meridian aligns with physicians in the acquisition, development and management of multi-specialty ASCs and surgical facilities. Meridian acquires interests in established physician-owned surgical facilities, as well as, partners with physicians seeking to grow their businesses locally through the development of new surgical facilities.

4. Eveia Health Consulting & Management. Founded by I. Naya Kehayes, MPH, Eveia Health Consulting & Management is comprised of a team of seasoned professionals who are experts in reimbursement management, managed care contracting, and business management with a specialization in ASCs and surgical practices.

5. Surgical Notes. Surgical Notes is a nationwide provider of medical transcription, coding and other related value-added information technology services for ASCs.

6. Serbin Surgery Center Billing. Serbin Surgery Center Billing was founded in 2001 to provide the answer to ASCs' complex and unique billing needs, providing expert and accurate coding, billing, collections, and managed care negotiations solely to the ASC industry.

7. HealthCare Appraisers. HealthCare Appraisers is a nationally recognized valuation and consulting firm providing services exclusively to the healthcare industry.

8. Provation Medical. ProVation Medical has created ProVation EHR, an electronic health record designed for busy, cost-conscious ASCs.

9. Symbion. Symbion is a leading provider of high-quality surgical services across many specialties. Led by one of the industry's most experienced management teams, the company was founded in 1996 to acquire, develop and operate surgical facilities in partnership with physicians, hospitals and health systems.

10. SourceMedical. SourceMedical is the leading provider of outpatient information solutions and services, collectively serving ASCs and surgical hospitals.

Upcoming ASC Events
The 7th Annual Orthopedics-, Pain Management- and Spine-Driven ASC Conference
June 11 to 13, 2009

The 16th Annual Improving Profits and Business and Legal Issues for ASCs
Oct. 8 to 10, 2009

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  • Click here to visit Meridian Surgical Partners.
  • Click here to visit Erdman (A Cogdell Spencer Company)
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