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1. Statistics on Surgery Center Average Staff Hours Per Case by Case Volume, from the VMG Health 2008 Intellimarker. Click Here

2. Amendment to Codey (ASC Self-Referral) Law Moves Quickly Through New Jersey Legislature, by Michael Schaff of Wilentz, Goldman & Spitzer. Click Here

3. Dr. Brent Lambert of ASCOA Offers Turnaround Advice, Best Practices in Teleconference. Click Here

4. Three Organizations Combine to Form Largest U.S. Nurse Union. Click Here

5. New Jersey Senate Passes Bill for Uniform Billing and Reporting for Ambulatory Care Facilities, by Michael Schaff of Wilentz, Goldman & Spitzer. Click Here

6. 4 Key GI Trends in 2009, by John Poisson of Physicians Endoscopy. Click Here

Learn more about GI/endoscopy in the March/April issue of Becker's ASC Review.

7. Wellpoint Settles With N.Y. Attorney General Over Manipulated Reimbursement Rates. Click Here CIGNA also settles; Excellus Health Plan likely to be sued. Click Here 

8. Learn More About Our Featured E-Weekly Advertisers:
ASCOA; Mnet Collection Agency; and VMG Health.

9. Reader thought requested: Should the country adopt a single payor system? Why or why not? Send your thoughts to Scott Becker at

10. Nominations sought: We are seeking nominations for 20 outstanding spine surgeons to know for the May/June issue of Becker's ASC Review. To nominate a spine surgeon, e-mail Scott Becker at
7th Annual Orthopedics, Pain Management and Spine Driven ASC Conference - Improving Profits, and Business & Legal Issues
June 11-13, Chicago - Register Today!

7th Annual Orthopedics, Pain Management and Spine Driven ASC Conference
Presented by ASC Communications, Ambulatory Surgery Foundation and ASC Association
Westin Hotel (Michigan Ave., Chicago)
June 11-13, 2009

Highlights include:
- 94 expert speakers, including 30 CEOs and 24 physician leaders
- 68 sessions covering critical business, clinical and legal issues
- Uwe Reinhardt as keynote speaker
- CME, CEU, CASC and ACMPE credits available

Learn more about this conference by clicking here. Download the conference brochure (pdf).

There are four ways to register:
1. Register online by clicking here.
2. Call (703) 836-5904.
3. Print, fill-out and fax p. 6 of the conference brochure (pdf) to (703) 836-2090 or mail it to Ambulatory Surgery Foundation Meeting Registration, 1012 Cameron St., Alexandria, VA 22314. 
4. E-mail

Here are just five of the great topics on the program agenda:

Orthopedics in ASCs - What Works and What Doesn't From a Business and Clinical Perspective -- John Cherf, MD, Dept. of Orthopedics, The Neurologic & Orthopedic Hospital of Chicago

2. Pain Management - 5 Keys to a Superior Pain Management Program Surgery Center -- Lance Lehmann, MD, Medical Director, and Liliana Rodriguez Lehmann, MBA, Hallandale Outpatient Surgical Center

The Development & Integration of Orthopedics into a Multi-Specialty ASC -- William Jacobson, MD, President, West Lakes Surgery Center; Rob McCarville, Principal, Medical Consulting Group; and John Marasco, Principal and Owner, Marasco and Associates

4. Is Your Center too Dependent on a Single Specialty? How to Diversify and Make Change Happen -- John Seitz, CEO, Ambulatory Surgical Group; Joe Zasa, CEO, Woodrum ASD; and Larry Taylor, President and CEO, Practice Partners in Healthcare

5. Making Big Cases Profitable in an ASC -- Naya Kehayes, CEO, Eveia Healthcare and Greg Cunniff, CFO, National Surgical Care

Learn more about the 7th Annual Orthopedics, Pain Management and Spine Driven ASC Conference and download the conference brochure by clicking here.

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10 Great Companies to Know

If you'd like more information about or an introduction to any of these companies, please e-mail Scott Becker.

Health Inventures. Health Inventures provides strategic and business planning, joint venture formation, facility development and operations management for ASCs. Learn more about Health Inventures.

Medical Facilities Corp. Medical Facilities Corp. is a publicly-traded company and a leading acquirer of majority interests in high quality specialty hospitals and ASCs. Learn more about MFC.

Surgical Notes. Surgical notes is a nationwide provider of medical transcription, coding and other related value-added information technology services for ASCs. Read more about Surgical Notes.

ASCOA. Since 1984, ASCOA's founders have helped physician-owners start and operate successful facilities; ASCOA currently owns and manages 34 facilities across the country with 14 others in development. Learn more about ASCOA.

Mnet Collection Agency. Mnet Financial, the preferred collection agency service vendor to United Surgical Partners and Health Inventures, is a receivables management company offering cost effective ways to increase cash flow and reduce debt for professional services. Learn more about Mnet Financial.

VMG Health. VMG Health is recognized by leading healthcare providers as one of the most trusted valuation and transaction advisors in the United States. Learn more about VMG.

HealthMark Partners. HealthMark Partners owns and operates single and multi-specialty ambulatory surgery centers throughout the United States by creating joint-ventures with physicians or physicians and hospitals. Read more about HealthMark.

Woodrum/Ambulatory Systems Development. Woodrum reorganizes, performs financial turnarounds and develops new ASCs; its strength is in growing ASC businesses with innovative programs and adding new surgeons. Read more about Woodrum.

Meridian Surgical Partners. Meridian aligns with physicians in the acquisition, development and management of multi-specialty ASCs and surgical facilities. Read more about Meridian.

Congero Development. Congero provides management and development services to surgical centers and other types of healthcare facilities; Congero is a minority owner in its centers and helps with the syndication and all aspects of the operating company. Learn more about Congero.

Upcoming ASC Events
The 7th Annual Orthopedics-, Pain Management- and Spine-Driven ASC Conference
June 11 to 13, 2009

The 16th Annual Improving Profits and Business and Legal Issues for ASCs
Oct. 8 to 10, 2009

For a complete list of upcoming events, click here
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  • Click here to visit Surgical Notes.
  • Click here to visit Blue Chip Surgical Center Partners.
  • Click here to visit Practice Partners in Healthcare.
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