September/October 2011 Issue of Becker's ASC Review

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7 Predictions From ASC Physicians on the Future of Surgery Center Physician Ownership

Considering the growing trends of physician employment by hospitals and hospital acquisition and integration of ambulatory surgery centers, seven ambulatory surgery center physician-owners discuss whether they expect to still maintain ownership in an ASC in five years, as well as the factors that could facilitate a change in ownership. Click to continue »

Top Priorities of ASC Administrators: Thoughts From 10 Surgery Center Leaders

Ten surgery center leaders and industry experts share their thoughts on the top priorities for ASC administrators now. Click to continue »

125 Women to Know in the ASC Industry

Here are profiles of 130 women leaders in the ambulatory surgery center industry. Editor's note: Names are listed alphabetically. Please contact Rachel Fields at with any comments or questions. Click to continue »

Publisher’s Letter

9 Observations On the ASC Market; 18th Annual ASC Conference – Improving Profitability and Business and Legal Issues. Click to continue »

15 State of the ASC Industry and Ambulatory Surgery Center Association: Q&A with Bill Prentice of ASCA

Bill Prentice is the executive director of the Ambulatory Surgery Center Association. Click to continue »

8 Ways to Make Yourself an Effective Administrator

Kathy Leone, administrator of Saint Vincent Endoscopy Center in Erie, Pa., lists eight ways to become an effective administrator. Click to continue »

8 Procedure Types That Can Add Volume to Your ASC

Trey Parsons, RN, vice president of clinical operations for ASD Management in San Diego, Calif., identifies new procedures that can add volume to an ambulatory surgery center. Click to continue »

5 Steps to Build a More Successful Surgical Practice: Insight From Ophthalmologist Dr. Gary Foster

Gary Foster, MD, ophthalmologist at The Eye Center of Northern Colorado, is a volume cataract and refractive surgeon in Colorado. Click to continue »

10 Steps to Profitable and Successful ENT in Surgery Centers

Tim Shannon, vice president of operations for Blue Chip Surgical Center Partners, discusses 10 ways surgery centers can profit from ENT while improving patient safety and satisfaction. Click to continue »

Surgery Center Administrator Recruitment Checklist: 13 Questions to Ask Candidates

If your ambulatory surgery center is in the market for a new administrator, here are 13 questions Dawn Q. McLane, RN, MSA, CASC, CNOR, regional vice president of Health Inventures, suggests you ask candidates. Click to continue »

10 Key Points to Consider When Selling Interest in an ASC

Matt Searles, managing partner at Merritt Healthcare, offers 10 key points to consider when selling interest in an ambulatory surgery or endoscopy center. Click to continue »

The Quiet Takeover: Insurers Buying Physicians and Hospitals

Payors might provide more than reimbursement in the next few years — they may be signing the checks to buy hospitals or the physicians that drive referrals. Click to continue »

Current Trends in ASC Management Company Consolidation

Brent W. Lambert, MD, founder and CEO of Ambulatory Surgical Centers of America, has been noticing a new trend in recent years. Several small ambulatory surgery center companies with an equity stake in multiple ASCs have approached ASCOA, asking to be bought out. Click to continue »

Outsourcing Key Areas of Your Business Office: Q&A With Pinnacle III Executives

Rob Carrera is president, Kim Woodruff is VP of corporate finance & compliance, Kelli McMahan is VP of operations and Carol Ciluffo is VP of revenue cycle management for Pinnacle III. Click to continue »

6 Things to Know About Pharmaceuticals and Outsourcing Pharmaceutical Solutions

Brian Williamson, PharmD, president & CEO of JCB Laboratories, a compounding pharmacy that serves ambulatory surgery centers, hospitals and clinics, discusses six things ASC should know about pharmaceuticals and outsourcing pharmaceutical solutions. Click to continue »

5 Things to Know About Outsourcing Cataract Surgery in an ASC

Ann Deters, founder and CEO of cataract outsourcing company Vantage Outsourcing, discusses five essential facts surgery centers should know about outsourcing cataract services. Click to continue »

Physicians Partnering With Hospitals on GI Centers: Q&A With Barry Tanner of Physicians Endoscopy

Barry Tanner is president and CEO of Physicians Endoscopy in Doylestown, Pa. Click to continue »

10 Ways to Increase Surgery Center Patient Collections Immediately

Rob Morris, vice president of marketing and new business development for GE Capital's CareCredit, discusses 10 simple ways surgery centers can start collecting more money from patients. Click to continue »

6 Tactics to Prepare for ICD-10

Rosalind Richmond, CCS, interim coding compliance officer for Genascis, Raemerie Jimenez, director of education for AAPC, and Cyndee Weston, CPC, CMC, CMRS, executive director of the American Medical Billing Association, discuss six ways facilities can start preparing for ICD-10 implementation. Click to continue »

5 Things Surgery Centers Need to Know About Meaningful Use and the 50% Rule

The following article is written by Sean Benson, cofounder and vice president of consulting with ProVation Medical, part of Wolters Kluwer Health. Click to continue »

6 Key Ways to Save on ASC Supplies

Todd Borst, managing partner of Smithfield Surgical Partners in Northern California, recommends six ways save on supplies in ambulatory surgery centers. Click to continue »

6 Traits Anesthesiologists Look for in a Surgery Center

Charles J. Militana, MD, director of ambulatory surgery centers for North American Partners in Anesthesia and director of anesthesia for Dorothy and Alvin Schwartz Ambulatory Surgical Center, North Shore University Hospital, Manhasset, N.Y., discusses six priorities for anesthesiologists practicing in ambulatory surgery centers. Click to continue »

Rising Stars: 30 ASC Industry Leaders Under Age 40

Here are 30 ambulatory surgery center leaders and industry representatives under the age of 40. Note: Leaders are listed in alphabetical order by last name, with their age provided in parentheses. Click to continue »

Changing the Culture of an ASC: Q&A With Mike Lipomi of Surgical Management Professionals

Mike Lipomi is president and CEO of Surgical Management Professionals in Sioux Falls, S.D. Click to continue »

Current State of Physician Recruitment: 6 Thoughts From USPI’s Phil Spencer

ASC leaders are finding physician recruitment more difficult as hospital employment increases, markets become saturated with recruiting facilities and the uncertainties of healthcare reform loom on the horizon. Click to continue »

Turning the Medicaid Crisis Into an Opportunity for ASCs: Q&A With Rob Schwartz of the Colorado ASC Association

Rob Schwartz, executive director of the Colorado Ambulatory Surgery Center Association, discusses Colorado Medicaid's plan to save money by shifting Medicaid patients to ambulatory surgery centers. Click to continue »

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