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1. Gastroenterology, ophthalmology and pain management account for the greatest volume of ASC procedures. Find out the other Top Surgical Specialties in Surgery Centers by Procedure Volume. Click Here

2. 7 Best Practices for Better Physician/Hospital Joint-Venture ASCs From Bill Southwick of HealthMark. Click Here

3. Minnesota Bill Would Require Medical Device Manufacturers to Report Physician Payments and Gifts. Click Here

4. 10 Steps to an Easier ICD-10 Transition, by Sean Benson of ProVation Medical. Click Here

5. 10 Management and Development Companies to Watch for 2009. Click Here

The January issue of Becker's ASC Review will feature profiles of 50 ASC management and development companies to watch for 2009. If you would like to nominate a company for this list, e-mail Scott Becker at

6. Joint Commission Receives Six-Year CMS Deeming Authority for Surgery Centers. Click Here

7. AAAHC Announces New 2009 Standards; Chapter on Lithotripsy Added. Click Here

8. Learn More About Our Featured E-Weekly Advertisers: Serbin Surgery Center Billing, B. Braun, Facility Development and Management. Click Here

9. Maine Hospital Begins Construction of New Surgery Center. Click Here

10. Scott Becker Appointed to McGuireWoods Board of Partners. Click Here
Best Practices for Correct Coding and Billing of 5 GYN Procedures

For best practices and guidelines for the correct coding and billing of five common gynecology procedures performed in ASCs, from Stephanie Ellis, RN, CPC, president of Ellis Medical Consulting, click here.

Look for more coverage of gynecology, and anesthesia, bariatrics, and features including 50 ASC development and management companies to know and 20 great ASCs to work for in the January issue of Becker's ASC Review. Subscribe now.
Advanced Minimally Invasive Surgery LLC in New Jersey Announces Medical Center Opening

Advanced Minimally Invasive Surgery LLC in New Jersey has announced the opening of a new Medical Center. Learn more by clicking 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.

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. Learn more about the Joint Commission.

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. Read more about Physicians Capital.

Congero Development. Congero provides management and development services to surgical centers and other types of healthcare facilities. Congero is a minority owner in its centers and helps with the syndication and all aspects of the operating company. Learn about Congero Development.

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. Learn more about SCB.

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. Learn more about B. Braun.

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. Learn more about FDM.

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. Read more about Physicians Endoscopy.

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. Learn more about Titan.

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. Read more about HealthMark.

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. Learn more about NovaMed.

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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