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1. Election 2008: 5 Quick Observations, written by Scott Becker, JD, CPA. Click Here button

2. 10 Facts and Statistics to Know About Bariatrics. Click Here button

Learn more about bariatrics in the January issue of Becker's ASC Review.

3. CMS Establishes New ASC Conditions for Coverage. Click Here button 

4. 13 ASC Management Companies to Watch. Click Here button NovaMed, one of these companies to watch, announced its third quarter results. Click Here button

To nominate an ASC management company for inclusion in the list of 40 management companies to watch in the January issue of Becker's ASC Review, e-mail Scott Becker (

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6. Wilmington SurgCare (Wilmington, N.C.): Great Place to Work. Click Here button

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7. Advice for More Cost-Effective Purchasing in GI with John Poisson of Physicians Endoscopy. Click Here button

8. 13 Companies ASCs and Hospitals Should Know. Click Here button

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SourceMedical Announces Release of Ambulatory Surgery Center Management Software Vision 2.6

SourceMedical has the announced the release of Vision 2.6, the company's ASC management software.

According to a SourceMedical press release, features of Vision 2.6 include:

  • Fully integrated electronic health record which provides a common repository for clinical and administrative data
  • Platform upgrades include Microsoft Vista support, InterSystems Caché upgrades and 64-bit server support
  • Addition of SourcePlus PurchaseConnection electronic purchase order processing
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Carolyn E. Skaff: Woman Leader to Know

Carolyn Skaff
is the administrator for North Suburban Surgery Center in Thornton, Colo. Ms. Skaff has more than 30 years of healthcare senior leadership, operations, business development, ambulatory strategies, construction project management and service line management. She has experience working with ASCs, academic medical centers, integrated health systems, community hospitals and physician practices. Her previous positions include serving as CEO for two ASCs; senior executive at several large hospitals/health systems; principal at a national consulting firm; and numerous service line and department director positions. Ms. Skaff has conducted numerous board, management and medical staff planning conferences and educational sessions, and served on numerous national committees.

Read about 39 other women leaders to know.
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10 Great Companies to Know

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

The Joint Commission: Ambulatory Care Accreditation Program. The Joint Commission has been accrediting ambulatory surgery facilities since 1975, and has more than 1,600 ambulatory organizations accredited nationwide. Accreditation from The Joint Commission is a visible demonstration to your patients, staff, community and payers that you have taken extra steps to provide the safest, highest quality care.

Physicians Capital. Loans for ASC buy-ins - to help bring new physicians into a partnership - are among the unique financing options offered by Physicians Capital. This Nashville-based firm provides loans based solely on the future cash flow of a surgery or diagnostic center.

JCB Laboratories. JCB Laboratories is a compounding pharmacy that serves the ASC market place. Unlike most compounding pharmacies, JCB Labs focuses exclusively on preparing sterile products. By limiting the focus to sterile products, the company is able to provide exceptional safety, consistency and pricing.

Affiliated Credit Services. Affiliated Credit Services is a Colo.-based professional account receivables management firm that focuses on increasing businesses cash flow by providing superior collection services. ACS has emerged as one of the most relied on collection agencies in several industries.

McKesson Medical-Surgical. McKesson Medical-Surgical is a leading distributor of medical supplies and equipment to physician practices, surgery centers, home care and extended care facilities. McKesson helps manage the business of healthcare through advanced supply chain models, technology and software, and by offering comprehensive solutions to healthcare providers across the country.

Access MediQuip. Access MediQuip is the largest and most experienced provider of outsourced implantable device management solutions to the healthcare industry. With more than a decade of experience, Access MediQuip eliminates the financial burdens and risks associated with implantable medical devices for surgery centers, hospitals and physician offices across the country.

Physicians Endoscopy. Physicians Endoscopy develops and manages endoscopic ambulatory surgery centers in partnership with practicing GI physicians and hospitals. The company's physician and hospital partners enjoy majority equity ownership and maintain all facets of local control, while PE holds a minority ownership position.

Titan Health. Achieve returns with Titan that beat national industry averages. Titan is a nationwide surgery center development, acquisition and management company that partners with hospitals and physicians to develop successful, multi-specialty ASCs.

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. HMP's expertise includes ASC turnaround and de novo projects with the same goal to maximize patient and physician satisfaction while realizing healthy returns on investment.

NovaMed. NovaMed acquires, develops and operates ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) in partnership with physicians. NovaMed also provides expertise in identifying and attracting new physicians to perform surgical procedures in existing ASCs.

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