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May 14, 2009
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1. 10 Shoulder Specialists to Know. Click Here 

To nominate a great shoulder specialist, or to nominate great ASCs
that focus on ophthalmology, ENT and/or urology, please e-mail Scott Becker at or Rob Kurtz at The July/August issue of Becker's ASC Review will publish lists of 100 people to know in the ASC industry, 5 great ASCs in each ENT, ophthalmology and urology, and a list of 30 great ASC administrators. 

2. Statistics on the Compensation of Physician Assistants. Click Here

3. Practical Guidance to Maximize Collections Through Efficient Billing Processes, from EndoEconomics. Click Here

4. 4 ENT Procedures ASCs Should Perform to Maximize Profits. Click Here

5. Free Orthopedic Implant Benchmarking Report and Chance to Win $500: Executive Leadership International invites you to participate in an anonymous, 15-minute or less survey on the impact of healthcare reform on ASCs and the orthopedic implant industry. Each participant will receive a free electronic copy of the benchmarking report based on the survey's results and one participant will win a $500 American Express gift card. Please only take the survey if you are an executive, administrator or physician at an ASC. To take the survey, click here

6. The Outpatient Evolution in Spine Surgery: 7 Critical Focus Areas for a Smooth Transition, by Richard Roski, managing partner of Quad City Neurosurgical Associates P.C. in Davenport, Iowa, and chief medical officer of Blue Chip Surgical Center Partners. Click Here

6. Massachusetts Considers Drastic Changes to Physician Reimbursement. Click Here  

7. Study Finds Cementless Hip Implants are Durable for Up to 20 Years. Click Here

8. Learn More About Our Featured E-Weekly Advertisers: ASCOA, Anesthesia Healthcare Partners, JCB Laboratories and Surgical Notes.

9. Free ASC Billing and Collections Audioconference on May 20 --
Register today for a free 60-minute audioconference on best practices to improve ASC billing and collections featuring Caryl Serbin of Surgery Consultants of America and Serbin Surgery Center Billing. The program is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. CST on May 20. To learn more and register today, click here.

10. Working Group Urges CMS to Reconsider Its Decision on CTC (Virtual) Colonoscopy. Click Here

11. Ambulatory Surgical Center of Union County (N. J.) Community Health Fair Scheduled for May 16. Click Here

12. Officials Predict Medicare Fund Will Run Out Sooner Than Expected. Click Here

Less Than 50 Registration Spots Remain: 7th Annual Orthopedic, Spine and Pain Management Driven ASC Conference - Improving Profits, and Business & Legal Issues: June 11-13, Chicago - Register Today!

Five of the great topics on the program agenda:

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

2. 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

3. 5 Core Strategies to Immediately Improve ASC and Hospital Operations -- Doug Johnson, COO, RMC MedStone Capital

4. Buying and Selling ASCs: 5 Key Concepts -- Scott Becker, JD, CPA, Partner and Scott Downing, Partner, McGuireWoods

5. Pain Management Coding Update and Pain Industry Business Trends -- Linda Van Horn, MBA

Learn more about the 7th Annual Orthopedic, Spine and Pain Management Driven ASC Conference and download the conference brochure by clicking here. To register online, click here or call (703) 836-5904.

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Anesthesia Healthcare Partners
JCB Labs
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.

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.

Amerinet As a leading national group purchasing organization, Amerinet strategically partners with healthcare providers to reduce costs and improve quality through its Total Spend Management solutions and operational performance improvement programs, tools and services. Learn more about Amerinet.

Kaye/Bassman International. Greg Zoch, a partner and managing director with Kaye/Bassman International, has served many of the industry's largest players by finding top talent at the facility and corporate level; Mr. Zoch specializes heavily in the ASC world. Learn more about Kaye/Bassman.

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.

Anesthesia Healthcare Partners. AHP provides ASCs, hospitals, or office-based practice with the choice of all-inclusive anesthesia service solutions or any combination of those distinct anesthesia service components, which include anesthesia billing, recruitment and practice management. Learn more about AHP.

JCB Laboratories. JCB Laboratories is a compounding pharmacy that serves the ASC market place and focuses exclusively on preparing sterile products. Learn more about JCB Labs.

Alternate Medical Billing Systems. Alternate Medical Billing Systems provides a number of medical billing services including claim filing, billing statements, coding, payment posting, denials/rejections analysis and much more. Learn more about Alternate Medical Billing Systems.

Surgical Care Affiliates. Surgical Care Affiliates is one of the nation's largest providers of specialty surgical services, operating 128 surgical facilities across the country, providing specialty surgical services across 32 states. Learn more about Surgical Care Affiliates.

Advantedge Healthcare Solutions. Advantedge Healthcare Solutions, an IBM Business Partner, develops medical billing technology and offers billing and A/R services for ASCs. Learn more about Advantedge Healthcare Solutions.

Blue Chip Surgical Center Partners. Founded by ASC veteran Jeff Leland, Blue Chip holds an equity stake in its projects and also serves as a managing partner, with several highly profitable, physician-led centers in operation around the country and a number of projects in the works. Learn more about Blue Chip.

Upcoming ASC Events
The 7th Annual Orthopedic, Spine and Pain Management 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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