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November 17, 2009
Nov./Dec. Issue of Becker's ASC Review

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1. 10 Steps to Increase the Life Span of a Surgery Center. Click Here
2. 10 ASC Salary Statistics From the ASC Association 2009 ASC Employee Salary & Benefits Survey. Click Here

3. 47 Concepts to Consider for ASCs. Click Here 

4. Publisher's Letter: Six Quick Thoughts About the Healthcare and ASC Industry. Click Here

5. 16 Coding, Billing and Collections Best Practices. Click Here

6. 10 Observations About Anesthesiologists From Incoming ASA President Dr. Alexander A. Hannenberg. Click Here

7. Operating Expense Analysis Per Case for Surgery Centers by Total Case Volume. Click Here

8. 10 ASCs Performing More Than 10,000 Procedures Annually. Click Here

9. Last Week to Submit Nominations for Becker's ASC Review's second annual Best ASCs to Work For. If your ASC is a great place to work, please tell us why by e-mailing Scott Becker (, Rob Kurtz ( or reply to this e-mail. The list of "25 Great ASCs to Work For" will be published in the January issue of Becker's ASC Review.

10. 5 Anti-kickback Cases Making Headlines. 
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11. 15 Great Single-Specialty ASCs. Click Here

12. Overcoming 3 ASC Crisis Scenarios. Click Here

13. Gastroenterology in ASCs: 10 Fast Facts. Click Here

14. 3 Things Wrong With the AMA's Support of the President's Healthcare Reform Plan. Click Here

15. ASC Financing: Sound Strategies & Proven Tactics. Click Here

16. 10 ASC Revenue Cycle Sticking Points. Click Here

17. Average Surgery Center Staff Hours Per Case. Click Here

18. Co-Founder of Successful Oklahoma Surgery Center Shares Advice for Growing Your ASC. Click Here

19. Case Revenue Statistics for 11 Surgical Specialties. Click Here

20. 6 Toyota Production System Concepts to Improve ASC Efficiency. Click Here

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Anesthesia Healthcare Partners
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.

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.

MedBridge Surgery Center Billing. MedBridge Surgery Center Billing partners with ASCs to help maximize reimbursement, offering an aggressive appeals process which, coupled with its expertise in ASC billing, can help clients to increase collections while focusing on patient care. Learn more about MedBridge Surgery Center Billing.

Covenant Surgical Partners. Covenant Surgical Partners is a privately-held owner and operator of ASCs that was founded in 2008 by a group of experienced investors, including several seasoned healthcare and financial executives, and a prominent physician who owns his own surgery center. Learn more about Covenant Surgical Partners.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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