May/June 2012 Issue of Becker's ASC Review

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5 Ways Physician Employment Affects Surgery Center Valuation

Hospitals are increasingly employing physicians to gain market share and integrate providers into hospital operations, creating a problem for surgery centers that depend on surgical case volume from independent practitioners. Click to continue »

100 Great Places to Work in Healthcare

Becker's Hospital Review and Becker's ASC Review have announced their annual list of "100 Great Places to Work in Healthcare." Click to continue »

6 Situations Where Out-of-Network Reimbursement Still Works

Out-of-network reimbursement used to be a profitable strategy for surgery centers, but times have changed. Click to continue »

Publisher's Letter: June 2012

This issue of Becker’s ASC Review focuses on some of the most pressing issues facing our industry Click to continue »

30 ASCs Performing More Than 10,000 Procedures a Year

Here is a list of 30 ambulatory surgery centers across the country with an annual case volume of more than 10,000 procedures. Click to continue »

13 Essential ASC Benchmarks & How to Stay Ahead of the Curve

Measurable benchmarks are crucial to running a successful surgery center. Click to continue »

10th Annual Orthopedic, Spine and Pain Management-Driven ASC Conference

This exclusive orthopedic, spine and pain-focused ASC conference brings together surgeons, physician leaders, administrators and ASC business and clinical leaders to discuss how to improve your ASC and its bottom line and how to manage challenging clinical, business and financial issues. Click to continue »

5 Things to Know About Successful Spine Surgery Center Joint Ventures

Jeff Leland, CEO of Blue Chip Surgical Center Partners, has been involved in the management and development of several spine-focused ambulatory surgery centers, including joint ventures between hospitals and physician groups. Click to continue »

10 Reasons Physicians Take Cases Out of Surgery Centers

Blayne Rush, MHP, MBA, president of Ambulatory Alliances, and Stuart Katz, MBA, FACHE, director of TMC Orthopaedic Outpatient Surgery in Tucson, Ariz., discuss 10 reasons physicians take ASC-eligible cases to other facilities. Click to continue »

What Can Football Teach Us About Surgery Center Management?

"As I watched Alabama win this year's national championship in college football as well as the national championship in 2009, it struck me how similar running a surgery center is to coaching a football team," says Joe Zasa, co-founder of ASD Management. Click to continue »

5 Observations on Physician Employment & Recruitment From Dr. Richard Kube

Richard Kube, MD, CEO, founder and owner of Prairie Spine and Pain Institute in Peoria, Ill., discusses five trends impacting physician employment and surgery center investor recruitment this year. Click to continue »

Dr. John Byers: 4 Priorities for ASC Physician Investors in 2012

Physician leaders are a crucial part of any surgery center. Far from just being a source of cases, physicians can help with managed care contracting, vendor negotiations, quality improvement projects, financial analysis and physician recruitment — and any great surgery center should have a few physicians involved in operations. Click to continue »

6 Ways to Keep Eligible Cases at Your ASC: Advice From Dr. Brad Lerner of Summit Ambulatory Surgery Centers

Brad D. Lerner, MD, FACS, clinical director at Baltimore-based Summit Ambulatory Surgery Centers, discusses six ways to keep all ASC-appropriate cases in your surgery center. Click to continue »

8 Characteristics of Highly Successful Surgery Centers

Nap Gary, COO of Regent Surgical Health, Joe Zasa, co-founder of ASD Management, and Connie Casey, administrator of highly profitable Northpoint Surgery and Laser Center in West Palm Beach, Fla., discuss eight characteristics of highly successful surgery centers. Click to continue »

10 Steps to Improve ASC Profitability Through Benchmarking

The following article was written by David Kelly, administrator of Samaritan North Surgery Center in Dayton, Ohio, a Health Inventures facility. Click to continue »

5 Strategies for Administrator Succession Planning From ASC Administrator Lori Martin

When Lori Martin, RN, administrator and clinical director at SUMMIT Surgery Center at Saint Mary's Galena in Reno, Nev., found herself battling cancer and needing to scale back her full-time work schedule for several months, she fully realized the value of consistent succession planning with her employees. Click to continue »

30 New Statistics on Surgery Center Acquisition & Valuation

More surgery centers are considering acquisition or partnership with a management company or hospital as reimbursement rates decline and profitable strategies such as out-of-network billing become unfeasible. Click to continue »

How the ASC Industry Can Succeed in the Future: Q&A With ASCOA CEO Luke Lambert

Luke Lambert, CEO of Ambulatory Surgical Centers of America, discusses the current state of the ambulatory surgery center industry and how it can succeed in the future. Click to continue »

When Hospital Employed Physicians Own a Joint Venture ASC: 4 Points From Dr. Thomas Miller of Carilion Clinic Orthopaedics

Thomas K. Miller, MD, serves as the medical director and a physician owner of Roanoke Ambulatory Surgery Center, a 50/50 joint venture project of Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital and what had been a number of independent physician practices. Click to continue »

5 Mistakes Surgery Centers Make When Dealing With Payors

Dan Connolly, MHS, ARM, vice president of payor contracting for Pinnacle III, discusses five mistakes surgery centers make in payor negotiations. Click to continue »

5 Best Practices for Appointing an Infection Prevention Nurse at an ASC

Surgery centers are placing a greater emphasis on infection prevention as the healthcare industry turns an eye to quality measures and their future ties to reimbursement. Click to continue »

Managed Care Contracting: Strategies for Success

Effective initial negotiation and ongoing maintenance and renegotiation of provider contracts play an essential role in revenue streaming and overall profitability of service lines. Click to continue »

5 Strategies for Cutting Costs in an Out-of-Network Surgery Center

Long-term cost management is among the greatest challenges for out-of-network ASCs. Click to continue »

How to Collect More Often on Spine Cases

It is amazing to me that we still have the propensity to lose earned revenues due to customer failures that are the result of our own business associates. 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 »

ASC Administrator Connie Casey: 5 Fresh Ideas for Cutting Costs in 2012

Cost-cutting is a continual task for surgery center administrators. Click to continue »

5 Strategies for Successful Orthopedic ASCs From ASC Administrator Karen Cannizzaro

With new procedures, varying payor reimbursements and rising implant costs to consider, running a profitable, orthopedic-driven ASC can often be a delicate balancing act of conflicting demands. Click to continue »

4 Simple Steps to Improved Supplier Contracting, Negotiations and Costs at Your ASC

In a Feb. 23 webinar titled "4 Simple Steps to Improved Supplier Contracting, Negotiations and Costs at Your ASC," Andy Davis, director of development for S4, and Chris Klassen, vice president of supply chain for Surgical Care Affiliates and S4, discussed contract terms every surgery center leader should understand and four steps to achieving cost savings in supplier negotiations. Click to continue »

7 Best Practices for Driving Spine Center Profitability With Marketing

In order for a spine center to be successful, it is important to procure and maintain a high volume of patients. Click to continue »

5 Strategies for Physician Recruitment in Competitive Markets

Christy Franck, administrator at Montgomery Surgery Center in Rockville, Md., knows that understanding the competition in one's market is crucial to effective physician recruitment. Click to continue »

Healthcare Reform’s Day in Court: 8 Experts Weigh In

Beginning next week, the Supreme Court will hear arguments over the legality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Click to continue »

20 Statistics on Physician Compensation for 5 Key Surgery Center Specialties

Here are 20 statistics on compensation for physicians in five common surgery center specialties, based on data from Medscape's Physician Compensation Report 2011. Click to continue »

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