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Subject: [Becker's ASC E-Weekly] 20 Percent of ASCs Perform More Than 6,000 Cases Annually; See How ASCs Break Down by Case Volumes for 2007 | Number of ASCs Up 65 Percent Over Last 7 Years | 4 Observations on Orthopedic and Spine Devices and Equipment | Dr. Blake Curd Elected to S.D. Legislature |
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November 11, 2008
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1. 20 Percent of ASCs Perform More Than 6,000 Cases Annually; See How ASCs Break Down by Case Volumes for 2007: Click Here button

2. Number of ASCs Has Increased by 65 Percent Over Last Seven Years; See How It Compares With Hospital Growth: Click Here button

3. 10 Managed Care Contracting Best Practices for Spine and Orthopedics, with Robert Cates of National Surgical Care. Click Here button

4. Seeking Insights on Anesthesia. We are seeking to interview three to four people on the following subjects for the January issue of Becker's ASC Review: Should anesthesiologists be employees of centers, independent contractors of centers or completely outsourced? Should anesthesiologists own interests in your ASC? What are the key clinical developments in anesthesia? If you have a suggestions for someone to be interviewed on these issues for the January issue of Becker's ASC Review, which will focus in significant part on anesthesia issues in ASCs, please e-mail Scott Becker (

5. 4 Observations on Orthopedic and Spine Devices and Equipment, From John Cherf, MD, MBA, MPH. Click Here button

5. Virtual Colonoscopy Gaining Ground: Wall Street Journal. Click Here button

6. 13 Companies ASCs and Hospitals Should Know. Click Here button

7. Learn More About Our 3 Featured E-Weekly Advertisers: CareCredit, Medtegrity and Amkai.Click Here button

The Nov./Dec. issue of the Becker's ASC Review is now online. Click here for an electronic copy.

8. Three Quick Drug and Safety Tips from Sheldon Sones, RPh, FASCP. Click Here button

9. Free Benchmarking Analysis, Offered by ASCs Inc. Click Here button

10. Complimentary admission for the "2008 Carolinas Health Care Forum: Key Issues for Hospitals and Health Systems Leadership," Nov. 13 in Charlotte, N.C. Click Here button
OIG Blasts CMS on HIPAA Security Gaps; Guidance for ASC Compliance from Marion Jenkins, PhD, CEO of QSE Technologies

The OIG recently completed its review of CMS's oversight with regard to HIPAA Security, and the result is alarming. OIG had some harsh words for CMS's efforts, saying it has taken "limited actions," resulting in little oversight or enforcement, and that it has "no effective mechanism to ensure that covered entities [are] complying ... or that electronic protected health information [is] being adequately protected." CMS agreed with OIG that it needs to step up oversight, specifically the conducting of compliance reviews.

Read the full story here. Learn more about QSE Technologies.
Great Place to Work: AtlantiCare Surgery Center (Egg Harbor Township, N.J.)

Staff happiness and commitment to excellence are critical components of the success of AtlantiCare Surgery Center in Egg Harbor Township, N.J. They're such important elements that a committee was assembled made up of staff members -- called "The Best People Best Workplace" -- with the primary task of presenting thoughts and ideas to the center's management for how to maintain an excellent working environment.

Read on about AtlantiCare's many methods for creating a happy, productive staff here.
Congratulations to Dr. Blake Curd, Elected to South Dakota Legislature

Blake Curd, MD, has been elected to represent the 12th District in the South Dakota House.

It was the first political outing for Dr. Curd, an Air Force veteran who is a member of the Physician Hospitals of America (PHA) board of directions, chairman of the board of directors and interim CEO for Surgical Management Professionals and owner of Sioux Falls Surgical Center.

"I hope to get some experience, see what the process is like, see if I like it," Dr. Curd said following the election, according to the Argus Leader. "Like most things, politics is timing."

Read more about his platform and coverage of his race for office here

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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.

MediGain. MediGain helps healthcare providers to preserve profitability with improved and low cost back-office processes. Its unique delivery model provides significant cost savings, and provides additional resources to improve returns and efficiencies.

Facility Development and Management. Facility Development and Management provides consultative, developmental and managerial services for ASCs nationwide. The company serves as an agent of change helping to formulate policy on providing outpatient ambulatory services that will be reflective of quality surgical services for physicians and consumers.

ASCs Inc. ASCs Inc. helps physician-owners of ASCs form strategic relationships with leading ASC management companies and hospitals, and also represents physician-owners of ASCs and medical office building real estate. ASCs Inc. helps the physicians find the best long-term partner and the highest negotiated price.

Galil Medical. Galil Medical is leading a new era of minimally invasive cryotherapy solutions that enhance patient quality of life. Galil's technology, adopted originally from military applications, involves freezing and ablating diseased tissue in a technique referred to as cryotherapy, also referred to as cryoablation and cryosurgery.

The Sanders Trust. The Sanders Trust owns, acquires and develops ASC buildings and medical office buildings nationwide. Owners of ASC "bricks and mortar" who sell their facilities and lease them back from The Sanders Trust benefit by eliminating debt guarantees and freeing capital from an illiquid investment while maintaining control over building management and operation.

B. Braun. For 150 years, B. Braun has developed a rich heritage of knowledge and expertise for delivering innovative healthcare products, medical devices and programs designed to improve both patient and health-professional safety. Using its Sharing Expertise initiative as a driving philosophy, B. Braun collaborates with customers, partners and employees to develop innovative products, services and education programs.

Alcon. Alcon is a research- and development-driven, global medical specialty company focused on eye care. It develops, manufactures and markets surgical equipment and devices, pharmaceutical eye drops and consumer vision care products to treat eye diseases and disorders.

Surgical Management Professionals. With a seasoned team of healthcare professionals, SMP specializes in the management and development of ASCs and surgical specialty hospitals. The company has the unique history of having been created by the Sioux Falls Surgery Center eight years ago and, as such, still has employees deeply involved in the clinical aspects of running a center on a day-to-day basis.

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.

American Medical Buildings. AMB is a turnkey facilities developer. It specializes exclusively in the development of ambulatory care facilities nationwide, including surgery centers, medical office buildings, clinics, imaging centers and outpatient centers. Read more about AMB.

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