January/February 2014 Issue of Becker's ASC Review


Jan-Feb ASC Current Issue

Industry Evolution: Where Does the Future of ASC Independence Stand?

The ambulatory surgery center industry has been traditionally dominated by purely physician-owned centers, but whether or not ASC leaders are prepared, widespread change is now an industry constant. Click to continue >>


12 Focus Areas to Boost Surgery Center Case Volume & Revenue in 2014

Surgery center leaders are constantly on the look out for ways to drive their centers’ case volume and revenue. Click to continue >>

ASC Landscape in 2014 & Beyond: Healthcare Reform’s Biggest Threats, Opportunities

The incomplete roll-out of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act has left ambulatory surgery centers in limbo as they prepare for the coming year. Click to continue >>

Publisher’s Letter

13 Recent ASC Management & Development Company Key Notes

Here are 13 recent news updates on ambulatory surgery center management and development companies. Click to continue >>

Southern Indiana Surgery Center Turnaround: From Decline to Profitability

Three leaders in the ambulatory surgery center field give an inside look at the process of turning around a struggling surgery center. Click to continue >>

Business Growth: What ASC Resyndication Can Do for Physician Owners

Physician owners of mature ambulatory surgery centers consider resyndication for a variety of reasons, chief among them being the opportunity to bring on new physician partners to boost the center’s patient volume and bottom line. Click to continue >>

ASC Growth in 2014: Biggest Barriers & Best Opportunities From Administrators

Eight ambulatory surgery center administrators discuss where growth may still be possible for their centers next year and their initiatives going forward. Click to continue >>

Consolidation in Healthcare: Should ASCs Join In?

Healthcare providers have rushed to consolidate market power over the past few years, and 2013 has been no exception. Click to continue >>

Should ASCs Move From Out-of-Network to In-Network? Assessing the Switch

At the 20th Annual Ambulatory Surgery Centers Conference on Oct. 25, I. Naya Kehayes, MPH, and Matt Kilton, MBA, MHA, of Eveia Health Consulting and Management discussed the process of assessing the movement from out-of-network to in-network and its impact on profits. Click to continue >>

12th Annual Spine, Orthopedic and Pain Management-Driven ASC Conference + The Business of Spine Brochure

Biggest Concerns of ASC Physician Owners in 2014: Q&A With Dr. Brad Lerner of Summit Ambulatory Surgical Centers

Brad Lerner, MD, is a urologist, physician owner and medical director at Summit Ambulatory Surgical Centers, a group of 15 Urology ASCs in Maryland that performed more than 20,000 procedures last year. Click to continue >>

New OIG Advisory Opinion: 13-15 Further Hardens Line on Anesthesiologist Relationships

The Office of Inspector General just released an advisory opinion which may further discourage relationships whereby non-anesthesia providers can profit from anesthesia relationships. Click to continue >>

13 Surgery Centers Adding New Specialties

Centennial Lakes Surgery Center (Edna, Minn.) Centennial Lakes Surgery Center recently recruited two new retina surgeons, expanding their ophthalmology service line. Click to continue >>

Strategies for Growing Patient Volume: 4 Gastroenterologists Discuss

Here four gastroenterologists discuss ways to increase patient volume growth in the coming year as well as direct-to-patient marketing strategies. Click to continue >>

5 Coding & Billing Changes to Anticipate in 2014

The upcoming year of healthcare reform implementation signals tumultuous times for the healthcare industry and many anticipated changes stand to adversely affect ASCs’ revenue cycle reimbursements. Click to continue >>

The Best of Both Worlds: 7 Keys to ASC Physician Preference Items Without Sacrificing Satisfaction

Administrator Amy Sinder and Amerinet Vice President of Clinical and Supply Chain Operations Lori Pilla present seven strategies for controlling surgery center preference item costs without losing physicians. Click to continue >>

Defeat Time & Materials Waste in Surgery Centers: Q&A With Elizabeth Toony

Elizabeth Toony, BSN, RN, CASC, offers solutions to the top areas of time and material waste in ambulatory surgery centers. Click to continue >>

Partial Knee Replacements With Robotic Technology: A New Trend for ASCs

Jefferson Surgical Center at the Navy Yard Administrator Joseph DeMarco and surgeon Jess Lonner, MD, and Orthopaedic Associates of Wisconsin Chief Administrative Officer Mark Smith discuss why they created a robotic technology program at their ASCs and where they see the biggest opportunities for success in the future. Click to continue >>

AAAHC: 9 Top Surgery Center Accreditation Slip-Ups & Their Foolproof Solutions

Ray Grundman, senior director of external relations at the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care and AAAHC surveyor, gives an inside look at nine common stumbling blocks along the road to a successful ambulatory surgery center accreditation survey. Click to continue >>

CMS Drops Bariatric Surgery Center Accreditation Requirement: ASMBS Responds

Ninh Nguyen, MD, FACS, president-elect of ASMBS, responds to the CMS decision to drop its bariatric surgery accreditation requirement. Click to continue >>

50 of the Most Powerful People in Healthcare — 2013

The U.S. healthcare system is heading into one of its most monumental years in decades, as the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act will go into near-full motion. Click to continue >>

10 Top Billed Ophthalmology Procedures With Highest Denial Rates

Here are the top 10 billed ophthalmology procedures with the highest denial rates according to a report from RemitDATA. Click to continue >>

33 Statistics on Surgery Center Case Mix by ASC Volume

Here are 33 statistics on case mix by ambulatory surgery center case volume, according to the VMG Multi-Specialty ASC Intellimarker 2011. Click to continue >>

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