February 2013 Issue of Becker's ASC Review

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9 Mistakes to Avoid When Adding Spine Surgery to an ASC

Many surgery centers are considering the addition of spine surgery, a specialty that can boost profitability due to its high per-case revenue. Click to continue »

4 Specialties and Procedures to Consider Adding in 2013

Surgery centers should be looking to increase case volume and add lucrative procedures in 2013, and the time is ripe to consider several new specialties and cases — especially in the areas of orthopedics and spine. Click to continue »

11 Ways to Cut Overhead Costs in Surgery Centers

With increasing costs and decreasing reimbursements coming in the next year, it will be important for ambulatory surgery centers to cut overhead costs where possible to realize an impact on the bottom line. Click to continue »

10 Ways to Improve ASC Finances & Operations

Stuart Katz, director of TMC Orthopaedic Outpatient Surgery, Chris Bockelman, administrator of Foundation Surgery Center of Oklahoma, Greg DeConcilis, administrator of Boston Outpatient Surgical Suites, and Joe Zasa, co-founder of ASD Management, discuss 10 ways to achieve success at your surgery center in 2013. Click to continue »

Becoming a Better Administrator in 2013: 5 Steps to Improve Your Leadership

With the turn of the New Year, people are making resolutions related to their personal and professional lives — and surgery center administrators should be no different. Click to continue »

How ASCs Can Effectively Handle CMS Quality Reporting

Allison Errickson, CPC-H, director of coding compliance for ProVation Medical, part of Wolters Kluwer Health, discusses the biggest challenges for ambulatory surgery centers with quality reporting for The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and what to watch for in the future. Click to continue »

9 Tactics for Effective Hospital/ASC Joint Ventures

Building a joint venture with a surgery center can be immensely useful for a hospital. Click to continue »

Publisher's Letter

This issue of Becker’s ASC Review focuses on changes and improvements surgery centers can make in 2013, including adding specialties, cutting costs and preparing for national healthcare changes. Click to continue »

Ideas to Achieve Positive Cash Flow at ASCs: Q&A With Andrew Schrage

Andrew Schrage of MoneyCrashers discusses how surgery centers can build and maintain a positive cash flow in today's healthcare market. Click to continue »

8 Inexpensive Ways for ASCs to Boot Patient Volume

Here are eight inexpensive ways ambulatory surgery center administrators can boost patient volume. Click to continue »

8 Steps to Quicker Turnover Times in ASCs

Efficiency of room turnovers can make a big difference for a busy surgery center because quick turnover can mean extra cases and additional revenue for the center. Click to continue »

5 Action Steps for In-Debt Surgery Centers

Robert Carrera, president and CEO of Pinnacle III, discusses five action steps for ambulatory surgery centers struggling with debt. Click to continue »

5 Coding Tips for Spine Surgery at ASCs

Here are five tips for billing and coding for spine procedures at surgery centers from National Medical Billing Service's Senior Vice President, Coding Angela Talton. Click to continue »

9 Tactics for Hospitals to Build Effective Surgery Center Joint Ventures

Building a joint venture with a surgery center can be immensely useful for a hospital. Click to continue »

5 Steps for Surgeons to Resolve Liability Insurance Before Employment Transition

Here are five steps for spine surgeons to resolve medical liability and malpractice issues before becoming a hospital employee. Click to continue »

6 Important Points on Recovery Audit Contractors

The Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement and Modernization Act of 2003 created the Recovery Audit Contractor Program to reduce improper Medicare payments, and since its inception, the program has collected more than $2.5 billion in overpayments, as of August 2012. Click to continue »

5 Steps to Better Patient Collections at Surgery Centers

Here are five steps to increase patient collections at ambulatory surgery centers from Jim Devitt, an expert in healthcare revenue cycle management. Click to continue »

7 Priorities for ASCs and Anesthesiologists in 2013

Meena Desai, MD, founder, president and CEO of Nova Anesthesia Professionals, discusses seven priorities for anesthesia providers and surgery centers in 2013. Click to continue »

8 Steps to Implement a Successful Surgery Center Bonus Program

A bonus program can incentivize good behavior and reward employees for meeting targets critical to a surgery center's profitability. Click to continue »

4 Things to Know About Implementing LED Backlight Technology in the OR

Hospitals and surgery centers are increasingly implementing light emitting diode backlight technology in their operating rooms. Click to continue »

10 New Ophthalmology-Driven Surgery Centers

An eye clinic in Wasau, Wis., announced it will open a 6,000-square-foot surgery center that will be ready for patients in early January 2013. Click to continue »

25 Statistics on Ophthalmology Revenue & Charges in ASCs

Here are 25 statistics on ophthalmic revenue and charges in surgery centers, according to a VMG Health survey titled Multi-Specialty ASC Intellimarker 2011. Click to continue »

10 Top Patient Safety Issues for 2013

2013 should be a busy year for patient safety experts at hospitals and surgery centers; as quality reporting requirements continue to go into effect, facilities will be expected to ramp up compliance programs and prove their progress. Click to continue »

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