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Subject: [Becker's ASC E-Weekly] States That Receive the Highest and Lowest Payment for 10 Common ASC Procedures | 5 Companies to Watch in 2009 | Larry Taylor of Practice Partners Says ASCs Will Find it Easier to Recruit Talented Employees | Rob Carrera of Pinnacle III Says the Current Market Presents Excellent Opportunities for ASCs to Grow |
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1. Payment variations between states for 10 common surgery center Procedures, including scope of the upper small intestine, laser vaporization of the prostate and partial removal of the collarbone. Click Here button

2. 5 Management and Development Companies to Watch for 2009. Click Here button

Look for the complete list of 48 companies to watch in 2009 in the January issue of Becker's ASC Review.

3. Larry Taylor of Practice Partners says ASCs will find it easier to recruit talented employees and discusses two other trends for surgery centers in 2009. Click Here button

4. Rob Carrera of Pinnacle III notes that, despite a struggling economy, the current market still presents excellent opportunities for ASCs to grow, and shares observations on two other ASC developments. Click Here button  

5. We are seeking speakers on several topics for June, including (1) a panel on spine in ASCs -- current tips for success, (2) a speech on handing total knees and hips in ASCs, (3) a talk on hand surgery in ASCs, and (4) a talk more generally on key tips to improve the profits of an orthopedic practice. We are also seeking two or three top-level administrators to speak on the nuts and bolts of operating an orthopedic and pain or ortho-spine-pain center successfully. Finally, we are seeking to put together a panel on physician-owned hospitals and where we go from here. If you have any suggestions, please email Scott Becker at

6. National Surgical Care Acquires Multi-Specialty ASCs in Fullteron, Calif., and Weston, Fla. Click Here button

7. CMS Proposes No-Pay Policies for 3 Preventable Surgical Errors. Click Here button 

8. Learn More About Our Featured E-Weekly Advertisers: Serbin Surgery Center Billing, Amkai, Meridian Surgical Partners. Click Here button

9. Stryker Introduces 3-D Advanced-Fixation Technology for Hip Replacement. Click Here button 

10. 15 Companies That Surgery Centers and Hospitals Should Know. Click Here button
Peer Review Q&A with Sarah Martin of Meridian Surgical Partners

Sarah Martin, RN, BS, regional vice president of operations for Meridian Surgical Partners, discusses seven of the top ASC peer review and credentialing questions.

Read the Q&A by clicking here. Forward this e-mail to the member of your team that oversees peer review by clicking the "Forward email" link found at the bottom of this e-zine.

Learn more about Meridian Surgical Partners.
Great Place to Work: Moore Orthopaedic Clinic Outpatient Surgery Center (Lexington, S.C.)

The Moore Orthopaedic Clinic Outpatient Surgery Center in Lexington, S.C., may be a young facility, but it is quickly making a mark on the community it serves and giving its staff great pride in the quality of service provided to patients.

Learn about what makes Moore Orthopaedic a great place to work by clicking here.

See a list of great ASCs to work at in the January issue of Becker's ASC Review.

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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.

MedHQ. Based in suburban Chicago, MedHQ provides accounting, revenue cycle, human resources and credentialing services to clients in 10 states. MedHQ is the expert in all these fields, providing business office functions to hospitals, surgery centers, imaging centers and physician practices nationwide.

QSE Technologies. QSE Technologies is a premiere IT systems integrator serving the ambulatory healthcare industry for more than five years. QSE works to design and implement technology infrastructure systems that support both today's and tomorrow's healthcare information technology needs.

Regent Surgical Health. As buyers, developers and managers of outpatient surgery centers and physician-owned hospitals around the country, Regent Surgical Health is an experienced developer and specialist in turnaround situations. Partnering with Regent can result in almost immediate improvements in financial health.

Practice Partners. Practice Partners in Healthcare takes great pride in the development, management and equity ownership with its physician and hospital partners. Specializing in de novo and turn-around situations, Practice Partners' physician base encompasses a wide array of surgeons with an emphasis in orthopedics.

Prexus Health. Prexus Health is a 100 percent physician-owned company that specializes in the development and management of multi-specialty, physician-owned ASCs and small hospitals. Because Prexus believes in the "campus model" of development, it also assists with the development and operation of imaging centers, physical therapy services and anatomical pathology labs.

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. SCB's extensive knowledge of payor responsibilities and managed care contracting ensures you'll receive the highest reimbursements possible.

Woodrum/ Ambulatory Systems Development. Woodrum reorganizes, performs financial turnarounds and develops new ASCs; its strength is in growing ASC businesses with innovative programs and adding new surgeons. Woodrum manages more than 20 ASCs nationwide for doctors and/or hospital/physician joint-ventures.

McShane Medical Properties. McShane Medical Properties is an integrated design/build construction and real estate development firm offering comprehensive services for the healthcare industry. McShane's healthcare specialties include construction and real estate services for medical office buildings, ambulatory surgery centers, specialty hospitals, critical access hospitals, diagnostic imaging centers and centers of excellence.

zChart EMR. zCHART EMR was developed by dozens of healthcare professionals -- administrators, office staff, nurses and physicians -- at multi-specialty outpatient surgery centers. Years of development and everyday use in the real-world surgery center environment has created a first-rate, intelligent, 21st century surgical chart that will surprise and delight users.

Mnet Collection Agency. Nearly a decade ago, a team of collection agency pioneers assembled to develop an industry specific collection service for the rapidly growing hospital and ambulatory surgery sector of America. Incorporating in 2005, Mnet Financial was formed and quickly became the preferred collection agency service vendor to United Surgical Partners and Health Inventures.

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

For a complete list of upcoming events, click here
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  • Click here to visit Ambulatory Surgical Centers of America.
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  • Click here to visit Meridian Surgical Partners.
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