June 2011 Issue of Becker's ASC Review

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5 Surgery Center Specialties Predicted to Grow in 2011

Every year, certain ambulatory surgery center specialties grow and others diminish as CMS approves new procedures and reimbursement rates change. Click to continue »

10 Proven Ways to Profit From Gastroenterology

Here are 10 proven ways to profit from gastroenterology in 2011. Click to continue »

What Should Your ASC Pay Its Employees?

How much an ambulatory surgery center pays its employees depends on various factors, including center location and amount of revenue, presence of bonuses and incentives and movement of compensation across the industry. Click to continue »

Publisher’s Letter

13 Key Legal Questions for Hospital-Physician Relationships; 6 Questions Being Asked by ASCs News/Analysis Click to continue »

Characteristics of a Successful Physician/Hospital Joint-Venture ASC

Tri-State Surgery Center, located in Dubuque, Iowa, is a physician/hospital joint-venture ambulatory surgery center. Click to continue »

5 Key Legal Issues Affecting Surgery Center Joint Ventures

Scott Becker, JD, CPA, partner with McGuire Woods LLP, discusses five issues that can affect the legality of hospital/physician ASC joint ventures. Click to continue »

6 Benefits for an ASC With a Hospital Partner

Boulder (Colo.) Surgery Center, covering orthopedics, sports medicine and pain management, is co-owned by its physicians and 265-bed Boulder Community Hospital. Click to continue »

5 Ways to Build a Great Hospital/ASC Joint Venture

Jim Stilley, CEO of Northwest Michigan Surgery Center in Traverse City, Mich., has enjoyed a great relationship with his center's hospital partner for the last six years, benefiting from strategic input, cheaper supplies and help from the hospital's many available experts. Click to continue »

10 Traits of Highly Successful Surgery Center Administrators

A great administrator is essential to the success of an ambulatory surgery center. Tasked with reducing costs, increasing revenue, boosting morale, satisfying surgeons and preparing for the future, administrators must be capable in multiple areas if they are to lead an extraordinary facility. Click to continue »

8 Observations on Current ASC Transaction and Valuation Trends

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 »

100 Orthopedic- and Spine-Driven ASCs to Know

This is a list of orthopedic- and spine-driven surgery centers researched and compiled by our editorial staff. Surgery centers do not pay and cannot pay to be selected for inclusion on this list. This list is not an endorsement of any individual's or organization's clinical abilities. Click to continue »

5 Ways to Improve Anesthesia Quality in ASCs

Quality of anesthesia provision can affect patient satisfaction, quality outcomes and finances in a surgery center. Richard P. Dutton, MD, executive director of the Anesthesia Quality Institute, discusses five ways ambulatory surgery centers could improve anesthesia quality — on behalf of their individual facilities and the industry as a whole. Click to continue »

9 Key Legal Issues Facing Endoscopy Centers

Between healthcare reform, increased enforcement under the Anti-Kickback Statute, less patience on the part of physician leaders for underperforming ambulatory surgery centers, reduced reimbursement from Medicare, increased interest in pathology and anesthesiology relationships, and increased pressure from payors on out-of-network arrangements, it is a very interesting time to write about the legal issues facing endoscopy centers. Click to continue »

Preparing Your ASC for ICD-10: 6 Initial Steps

Lolita M. Jones, RHIA, CCS, independent coding and billing consultant, discusses six initial steps ambulatory surgery centers should take to prepare for the transition to ICD-10. Click to continue »

Electronic Health Records: What Does it Mean and Do We Have to Go There?

The following article is written by Ann O'Neill, director of clinical operations, Regent Surgical Health.
Ambulatory Surgery Centers will be required to implement Electronic Health Record systems (EHR) within the next few years. Participation in Medicare/Medicaid will depend on it.Click to continue »

7 Best Practices for an Effective Malignant Hyperthermia Transfer Plan

Malignant hyperthermia is a rare occurrence in ambulatory surgery centers, but when it occurs, the ASC must be prepared to respond properly and without hesitation. Click to continue »

12 Critical Questions for Malignant Hyperthermia Preparation

Malignant hyperthermia is an uncommon disorder that presents in an ambulatory surgery center utilizing general anesthesia. Click to continue »

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