May/June 2011 Issue of Becker's ASC Review

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50 Things to Know About the Proposed ACO Regulations

This article briefly outlines 50 things to know about the Medicare Shared Savings Program proposed rule — which established Medicare accountable care organizations — released by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on March 31. Click to continue »

6 Ambulatory Surgery Center Reimbursement Trends for 2011

Although most financial analysts are forecasting a continuing slow economic recovery in 2011, some healthcare prognosticators are predicting a less-than-optimistic 2011 for ambulatory surgery centers. Click to continue »

100 Best Places to Work in Healthcare - 2011

Becker's ASC Review/Becker's Hospital Review has announced its list of the "100 Best Places to Work in Healthcare." Click to continue »

Publisher’s Letter: May 2011

Accountable Care Organizations: 10 Observations - Orthopedic, Spine and Pain Management Driven ASC Conference June 9th – 11th — How Can ASCs and Practices Thrive in Changing Times; How can Hospitals and ASCs Align?; Meet Every ASC Buyer; What Will ACOs Mean for ASCs and Specialists? Deduct $200 from the Registration Fee. Click to continue »

Physician-Owned Device Companies - A New Warning Bell is Rung

The Wall Street Journal has extensively covered the case of a Portland, Ore., neurosurgeon alleged to be overperforming spine surgery. Click to continue »

9 Areas of Focus When Developing a New Surgery Center V2

Here are nine areas physician-investors should focus on when developing a new ambulatory surgery center as identified by the leadership team of Meridian Surgical Partners. Click to continue »

8 Issues When Converting Existing Space Into a Surgery Center

When carving out space for an ambulatory surgery center from existing building, designers need to be aware of a variety of needs, both regulatory and practical, says John Marasco, president of Marasco & Associates in Denver, Colo. Click to continue »

Actual vs. Rentable Surgery Center Space: Q&A With Richard T. Hardaway of Hardaway Associates

Richard (Dick) Hardaway is founder of Hardaway Associates, an architecture firm serving principally ASCs and other healthcare clients. Click to continue »

6 Ways to Save Money on Supplies in a Surgery Center

Mike Lipomi, president and CEO of Surgical Management Professionals in Sioux Falls, S.D., shares six ways to save money on supplies in an ambulatory surgery center. Click to continue »

What Can Surgery Center Physicians be Paid for Co-Management: Q&A With Jen Johnson of VMG Health

Jen Johnson, CFA, is the managing director for VMG Health, overseeing the company's valuation of professional service arrangements. Click to continue »

100 of the Best Spine Surgeons and Specialists in America

This list is sponsored by Fi-Med Management, Inc. Fi-Med Management, Inc., founded in 1993, is a privately-owned corporation providing billing, receivables management, lockbox services, collections, credentialing, RAC risk assessment services and other financial management and reporting services to physicians, labs and medical centers across the country. Click to continue »

7 Critical Areas of Focus for a Successful Turnaround of a Physician/Hospital Joint-Venture ASC

It seemed like a perfect arrangement: an interested and loyal group of community-based physicians teaming up with the local hospital to create a win-win joint-venture ASC. Click to continue »

4 Ways to Ease the Transition to Hospital Ownership of a Surgery Center

Marge Schillaci, administrator of the Surgery Center of Joliet (Ill.), has spent the last two years working with surgeon-investors, hospital administration and legal representation to transition her center to hospital ownership with Provena St. Joseph Medical Center. Click to continue »

5 Steps Surgery Centers Should Take Before Selling to a Hospital

Jon Vick, president and founder of ASCs Inc., which advises surgery center owners on strategic partnering and joint ventures, says ambulatory surgery centers should take the following five steps before selling their ASC to a hospital. Click to continue »

70 of the Best Pain Management Physicians in America

The following pain management physicians were selected for this list based on the awards they received from major organizations in the field, leadership in those organizations, work on professional publications and positions of service held at hospitals and surgery centers. Click to continue »

70 of the Best Knee Surgeons in America

The following knee surgeons were selected based on awards they received from major organizations in the field, leadership in those organizations, work on professional publications and positions of service at hospitals and surgery centers. Click to continue »

6 Strategies for Surgery Centers to Address Drug Shortages

The unprecedented shortage of critical drugs used by ambulatory surgery centers has severely impacted an ASC's ability to provide services, according to Sheldon S. Sones, RPh, FASCP, president of Sheldon S. Sones and Associates, a pharmacy and accreditation consulting firm based in Newington, Conn. Click to continue »

10 Considerations for Automated Endoscope Reprocessor Selection

The following article is written by Bradley J. Catalone, MD, director of clinical affairs, and Mary Ann Drosnock, infection control scientist, for Olympus America. Click to continue »

7 Strategies to Negotiate In-Network Carve-Outs for Outpatient Spine

Outpatient spine is still almost entirely out-of-network, but a few payors are beginning to agree to reasonably priced in-network carve-outs. Click to continue »

5 Ways Surgery Centers Can Maximize the Benefits of Their Membership With a GPO

Randall Piper, senior director of non-acute contracting for group purchasing organization Amerinet, discusses five ways ambulatory surgery centers can maximize the benefits of their membership with a group purchasing organization. Click to continue »

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