March/April 2012 Issue of Becker's ASC Review

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What Surgery Centers Should Expect in 2012: 15 ASC Market Trends

Here are 15 trends for the ambulatory surgery center industry that will affect how ASCs do business in the upcoming year. Click to continue »

10 Metrics That Reveal a Surgery Center’s Financial Performance

Nick Newsad of HealthCare Appraisers discusses 10 key indicators that can help ASC leaders analyze their centers' financial performance. Click to continue »

10 Steps to More Profitable Managed Care Contracts for ASCs

Managed care contracting is essential to surgery center profitability, particularly as out-of-network billing becomes less feasible in many markets. Click to continue »

Publisher's Letter

This letter briefly discusses eleven issues facing surgery centers in 2012.. Click to continue »

32 GI & Endoscopy-Driven Surgery Centers to Know

GI is the most common specialty in terms of case volume and the sixth most popular specialty with management companies, according to data from VMG Health and HealthCare Appraisers. Click to continue »

7 Dos and Don’ts for Opening a New Surgery Center in Today’s Economy

While the economy finally appears to be stabilizing, there's no indication that it's on a strong trajectory upward. Click to continue »

10 Steps to an Improved Hospital Joint Venture in 2012

Running an organization with multiple moving pieces is never easy, and a hospital joint-venture ambulatory surgery center is no different. Click to continue »

Getting to 18,000 Cases a Year: 8 Steps to Increase and Accommodate Case Volume

Brent Ashby, administrator of Audubon Surgery Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., leads two surgery centers that perform a combined case volume of 18,000 cases annually. Click to continue »

20 Statistics on Physician Specialties With the Most ASC Investors

Here are 20 statistics on physician specialties that invest in surgery centers, according to Medscape's Physician Compensation Report 2011. Click to continue »

10 Evolving Issues for Hospitals, Health Systems, Physicians & ACOs

This article briefly discusses 10 emerging healthcare issues for 2012, focusing principally on hospital and physician issues. Click to continue »

6 Strategies to Recruit More Physicians to Your ASC

Here are six strategies to recruit additional physicians for an ambulatory surgery center in 2012 with Reed Martin, COO of Surgical Management Professionals. Click to continue »

How to Increase Efficiency at an ASC: 5 Thoughts From Dr. Ricardo Borrego of Dearborn Surgery Center

Dearborn (Mich.) Surgery Center averages 12,500 procedures every year or between 50 and 60 each day. Click to continue »

7 Steps to Double ASC Volume by Integrating Cases From a Closed Surgery Center

In Aug. 2011, North Memorial Ambulatory Surgery Center in Maple Grove, Minn., integrated over 400 endoscopy cases per month from a center that closed within the same building. Click to continue »

How Do ASC Management Companies Assess Value?

Here are 8 points on how ASC management and development companies assess value, based on data from HealthCare Appraisers' 2010 ASC Valuation Survey. Click to continue »

Starting From Scratch: Top 5 Tips on ASC Development From Manhattan Endoscopy Center

The Manhattan Endoscopy Center in New York City opened in December 2011 and is one of the largest single-specialty GI centers in the nation, with 15,000 patients expected in the first year. Click to continue »

The Colon Cancer Screening Controversy: How Old is Too Old to Screen?

A recent study in the Archives of Internal Medicine found 57 percent of seniors age 75-79 had been screened for colon cancer despite the increased risks and limited benefit. Click to continue »

15 New Statistics on GI/Endoscopy Revenue Per Case

Here are 15 new benchmarks on GI/endoscopy revenue per case, according to data from VMG Health's Multi-Specialty ASC Intellimarker 2011. Click to continue »

Cigna to Terminate Contracts With New Jersey One-Room Surgery Centers

Connecticut-based insurance company Cigna is in the process of removing all one-room surgery centers in New Jersey from its network, according to a Cigna contract manager. Click to continue »

The Future of Out-of-Network Reimbursement: 4 Thoughts From Industry Experts

Out-of-network reimbursement is one of the most significant issues in the surgery center industry today. Click to continue »

13 FAQs About Surgery Center Insurance Coverage

I. David Gordon, president and founder of Gordon Companies, which provides a variety of services covering all aspect of the Insurance market, identifies 13 frequently asked questions... Click to continue »

8 Basic Steps for ICD-10 Implementation in Surgery Centers

Here are 10 basic steps for ICD-10 implementation in surgery centers, based on information provided by CMS. Visit the CMS website to learn more about ICD-10 implementation. Click to continue »

12 Critical Concepts to Know About ASC Supplies and Contracts

Karen Lombard, RN, used to run a 21-OR ambulatory surgery center. Click to continue »

5 Future IT Needs for Surgery Centers

Surgery centers are increasingly adopted information technology to integrate their processes with their physician practices and keep up with hospitals and ASC competitors. Click to continue »

8 Reasons for Surplus Surgical Supplies in Ambulatory Surgery Centers

West Coast Medical Resources is preparing for a busy year in 2012. Click to continue »

7 Serious Effects of Anesthesia Drug Shortages on Surgery Centers

The last year and a half has seen more significant drug shortages than the last 30 years, says Meena Desai, MD, managing partner for Nova Anesthesia Professionals. Click to continue »

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