March/April 2010 Issue of Becker's ASC Review

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20 Things to Know About Gastroenterology in ASCs
GI and endoscopy continue to be profitable specialties for ASCs in spite of some declines in reimbursement. Here are 20 important development, business and financial issues related to GI and endoscopy in ASCs... Click to continue »

5 Tips for Growing Volume From David Daniel, CEO of Lakeland Surgical & Diagnostic Center
Over the past several years, Lakeland (Fla.) Surgical & Diagnostic Center has steadily increased its case volume by 8 percent annually, and in 2009 the ASC performed nearly 19,000 cases and more than 31,500... Click to continue »

11 Things to Know About the False Claims Act
1. Initial development of the False Claims Act. The False Claims Act, also known as the “Lincoln Law" after its primary proponent, President Abraham Lincoln, was initially developed during the Civil War... Click to continue »

Publisher’s Letter: March/April 2010
ASCs, Hospitals, Physician-Owned Hospitals, Healthcare and Insurance Reform; 8th Annual Orthopedic, Spine and Pain Management Driven ASC Conference: Special Discount Offer; June 10-12, 2010; Chicago... Click to continue »

5 Biggest Issues Facing Gastroenterologists Today
Here are five of the biggest issues currently facing gastroenterologists... Click to continue »

6 Statistics About Ophthalmologist Compensation
Here are the average annual salaries for ophthalmologists by region, according to the American Medical Group Association's 2009 AMGA Medical Group Compensation and Financial Survey. 1. Median, all regions... Click to continue »

6 Statistics About Gastroenterologist Compensation
Here are the average annual salaries for gastroenterologists by region, according to the American Medical Group Association's 2009 AMGA Medical Group Compensation and Financial Survey. 1. Median... Click to continue »

Growing Your ASC: Q&A With Robert Zasa of ASD Management
Q: Solid business fundamentals are essential to the success of ASCs. What can centers do to ensure their processes are running as effectively and efficiently as possible? Robert Zasa: Case costing remains... Click to continue »

22 GI/Endoscopy Statistics for Surgery Centers
Here are 22 statistics about GI/endoscopy in surgery centers. 1. GI/endoscopy represents 25 percent of the average case volume in surgery centers, the most of all specialties. The average surgery center... Click to continue »

Most Profitable Specialties for ASCs With Brian Mathis of Surgical Care Affiliates
Wilson Asfora, MD — Sanford Clinic Neurosurgery & Spine (Sioux Falls, S.D.). This Brazilian-born neurosurgeon developed the Bullet Cage, a lumbar intervertebral body fusion device to treat degenerative... Click to continue »

2010 CPT Coding Changes Analysis for Gastrointestinal Services in ASCs
CPT copyright 2008 American Medical Association. All rights reserved. CPT is a registered trademark of the American Medical Association. Excision of rectal tumor ▪ 45171 — Excision of rectal tumor, transanal... Click to continue »

5 Predictions for ASCs in 2010
1. Increasing government oversight. David Kwiat, MD, an ophthalmologist and part-owner of Fulton County Ambulatory Surgery Center in Johnstown, N.Y., predicts that ASCs will be additionally pressed for... Click to continue »

10 Ophthalmology-Driven ASCs to Know
Northern Virginia Eye Surgery Center (Fairfax, Va). William Rich, MD, a partner in this ASC, went through a 20-year struggle with nearby hospitals and Virginia's strict certificate of need process before... Click to continue »

28 of the Best Gastroenterologists in America
Fernando Bermudez, MD (Eastside Endoscopy Center, St. Clair Shores, Mich.) — Dr. Bermudez is currently the medical director and a member of the board at Eastside Endoscopy Center and a physician with G.I. ... Click to continue »

7 Trends and Opportunities for Ophthalmology in Surgery Centers
1. Increasing volumes as the population ages. ASCs can expect an increase in demand for ophthalmic surgical procedures as Baby Boomers begin to age, says Richard Lee, MD, an ophthalmologist at Eastbay... Click to continue »

10 Statistics and Facts About Ophthalmology and Ophthalmologists
1. There are approximately 23,861 ophthalmologists in the United States, according to the American Medical Association. 2. The median salary for ophthalmologists is $325,384, and the average starting... Click to continue »

Drive ASC Denials Down to Reduce Costs and Drive Revenue Up
Billing is one of the most critical (and often overlooked) processes in the success of every surgery center. Most people involved in directing and operating ASCs know that billing and coding require daily attention to detail, trained staff and a solid understanding of ever-changing payor "rules."... Click to continue »

8 Statistics on Registered Nurse Compensation
Here are statistics on the earnings of registered nurses from the Bureau of Labor Statistics' Occupational Outlook Handbook: 2010-2011 Edition. 1. Median annual earnings of registered nurses... Click to continue »

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