July/August 2011 Issue of Becker's ASC Review

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6 Best Specialties for Surgery Centers

Specialty choice can make or break an ASC, depending on reimbursement rates, supply costs, case volume and availability of market share. Click to continue »


12 Major Issues Facing the Surgery Center Industry

The ambulatory surgery center industry is facing tremendous uncertainty, perhaps of historical proportions, says Brent Lambert, MD, founding principal of ASCOA. Click to continue »


10 Top Priorities of Surgery Center Physicians

Two surgery center administrators, one physician and a management company CEO discuss 10 common priorities of surgery center physicians — and what ASCs can do to keep their physicians happy. Click to continue »


Publisher’s Letter

18th Annual ASC Conference – Improving Profitability and Business and Legal Issues; Keynote Speakers Include Sam Donaldson; Bill Walton and Adrian Gostick; 90 Sessions; – Oct. 27- 29, 2011; Westin Hotel, Michigan Avenue; Chicago Click to continue »


Future of Physician-Owned Facilities: Q&A With Dr. Jeff Hessing of Treasure Valley Hospital and SCA

Jeff Hessing, MD, is an orthopedist and physician-owner of Treasure Valley Hospital in Boise, Idaho, as well as a member of the physician leadership team for Surgical Care Affiliates. Click to continue »


5 Trends Affecting the Future of Ophthalmology in Surgery Centers

Mark Packer, MD, FACS, CPI, ophthalmologist at Oregon Eye Surgery Center in Eugene, Ore., discusses five issues impacting the future of ophthalmology in the ASC setting. Click to continue »


6 Ways an ASC Can Lose Physicians — and What to Do About it

Losing a key physician is a scary prospect for an ambulatory surgery center because it can mean taking a big hit in surgical case volume, says Mike Lipomi, president and CEO of Surgical Management Professionals in Sioux Falls, S.D. Click to continue »


10 Proven Ways to Improve Surgery Center Efficiency

Sandy Berreth, RN, MS, CASC, administrator of Brainerd Lakes Surgery Center in Baxter, Minn., and Vicki Edelman, administrator of Blue Bell (Pa.) Surgery Center, discuss 10 ways their surgery centers improve efficiency. Click to continue »


5 Factors That Heavily Influence ASC Value

VMG Health's 2011 ValueDriver ASC Survey queried leaders from the country's 20 largest and most well-respected ASC management and operating companies and found that five factors impacted surgery center value more than others. Click to continue »


7 Questions on Surgery Center Transactions and Valuation Issues: Q&A With Stephan Peron of VMG Health

Todd J. Mello, ASA, AVA, MBA, partner with HealthCare Appraisers, shares eight observations on current ambulatory surgery center transaction and valuation trends. Click to continue »


56 ASC Management & Development Company CEOs to Know

Here are profiles of 56 notable ambulatory surgery center management and development company CEOs who were selected through research and reviewed by our editorial staff. CEOs are listed alphabetically by last name. Click to continue »


What Percentage of Orthopedic Surgeons Will be Employed in 5 Years? 10 Responses

According to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons most recent census data for 2008, 44.3 percent of orthopedic surgeons were practicing in a private practice setting and 20.9 percent were in a solo practice. Click to continue »


10 Strategies to Improve Endoscopy Center Operations

Ruth Keogh, RN, nurse manager at Digestive Health Associates Endoscopy Suites in Stoneham, Mass., cites 10 ways to improve quality and efficiency in an endoscopy center. Click to continue »


10 Critical Social Media Guidelines for Surgery Center Physicians and Staff

The following article is written by Kim Woodruff, VP of corporate finance and compliance for Pinnacle III. Click to continue »


Assembling a Robust Revenue Cycle Team: How to Hire and Retain Great Billers, Coders and Collectors

Don't hire coders from hospitals or practices. "A coder with inpatient hospital certification can't handle an ASC, says Eva-Marie Alexander, West Coast regional director for American Academy of Professional Coders Physician Services, based in Redondo Beach, Calif. Click to continue »


Staff Salaries in Surgery Centers: 50 Statistics to Know

Here are 50 statistics on staff salaries and wages in ambulatory surgery centers, according to data from VMG Health's 2010 Multi-Specialty ASC Intellimarker. Click to continue »


Motivating Employees Through Effective Incentives: Q&A With Brian Brown of Meridian Surgical Partners

Brian Brown is regional vice president, operations, for Meridian Surgical Partners. Click to continue »


5 Strategies to Make Successful Capital Acquisitions

Capital acquisitions play a large role in the success of ambulatory surgery centers. Click to continue »


4 Tactics to Weather the Drug Shortage From Dr. John Dombrowski

Hospitals and surgery centers across the country are struggling with shortages of critical anesthetics and other drugs. Click to continue »


5 Reasons Why Surgeons Still Join Surgery Centers

Robert Zasa, managing partner of ASD Management in Pasadena, Calif., lists five top reasons why surgeons still join ambulatory surgery centers. Click to continue »


7 Points on How Surgery Centers Should Handle ACOs

Jeremy Hogue, CEO of Sovereign Healthcare, an ambulatory surgery center management company based in Mission Viejo, Calif., offers seven points on how ASCs should deal with accountable care organizations. Click to continue »

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