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1. Medicare Announces Conditions for Coverage Exception for Same-Day Scheduling of Surgery. Click Here

2. 17 Key Legal Issues of 2009, by Scott Becker, JD, CPA. Click Here

3. Physician-Owned Hospitals and Physician Owners Must Disclose Ownership to Patients Effective June 8. Click Here

4. Less than 50 registration spots remain for the 7th Annual Orthopedic, Spine and Pain Management Driven ASC Conference from June 11-13 in Chicago. Hear Dr. Ken Pettine of Loveland Surgery Center discuss "An Analysis of Clinical Outcomes for Spine: Procedures Performed in ASCs." Learn more. Click Here

5. Stronger Bonds With ASCs Through Joint Ventures: The Hospital Perspective, by Ken Flickinger, CFO of the Chester County Hospital. Click Here

6. Industry Jobs: Woodrum/ASD Seeks Assistant Director of Business Office Operations. Click Here CFO of Healthcare Management Services Firm Seeks Senior Executive Position in Healthcare Finance. Click Here Tacoma, WA, Gastroenterology Practice and Endoscopy Centers Seeking Nurse Manager. Click Here

7. ASCs in the News: New California Surgery Center Opens. Click Here Massachusetts Hospital to Build Outpatient Surgery Center. Click Here New Surgery Center Opens in Minnesota. Click Here Florida Pediatric Surgical Center Reopens After Renovation. Click Here

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

9. Amkai Hosts Free Webinar on Comprehensive Information Management and ASC Performance on June 23. Click Here

10. Somnia Anesthesia Names Director of Client Operations, Mid-Atlantic Region. Click Here

11. Question of the Week: Lithotripsy in ASCs. If your ASC performs lithotripsy services, does your center (1) own and bill for the lithotripsy; (2) rent the lithotripsy services and bill the services itself through the center; or (3) rent space or services to the lithotripsy company and allow the lithotripsy company to bill for the services. We will not publish the names of respondents but we are trying to get a sense of the most prevalent model. Please e-mail Scott Becker at or Rob Kurtz at with any answers or thoughts you may have.

12. Nominations Sought: We are seeking nominations for "100 People to Know in the ASC Industry" for the July/August issue of Becker's ASC Review. These are leaders in the ASC industry or someone prominent in an aspect of ASCs. Submit a nomination by e-mailing Scott Becker at or Rob Kurtz at

Less Than 50 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:

A Case Study and Strategies to Achieve Excellent Results for an ASC -- Kenneth Austin, MD, Ramapo Valley Surgery Center; and Bob Zasa, Founder, Woodrum ASD

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

3. 7 Steps to Maximizing an Orthopedic-Driven ASC's Returns in a Tough Economy -- Brent Lambert, MD, CEO, Ambulatory Surgical Centers of America

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. Handling Complex Spine Cases in an ASC, High Level Fusion and 23 Hour Cases -- John Seitz, CEO, Ambulatory Surgical Group

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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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.

HealthCare Appraisers. HealthCare Appraisers is a nationally recognized valuation and consulting firm providing services exclusively to the healthcare industry. Read more about HealthCare Appraisers.

Practice Partners. Practice Partners in Healthcare takes great pride in the development, management and equity ownership with its physician and hospital partners. Read more about Practice Partners.

Serbin Surgery Center Billing. Serbin Surgery Center Billing was founded in 2001 to provide the answer to ASCs' complex and unique billing needs, providing expert and accurate coding, billing, collections, and managed care negotiations solely to the ASC industry. Learn more about SCB.

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.

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.

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.

Physicians Capital. This Nashville-based firm provides loans based solely on the future cash flow of a surgery or diagnostic center. Read more about Physicians Capital.

ASC Billing Specialists. ASC Billing Specialists is a billing company dedicated to the needs of the ASC market, specializing in both out-of-network and in-network facilities. Learn more about ASC Billing Specialists.

TransMotion Medical. TransMotion Medical designs, manufactures and distributes a line of specialty medical procedure chairs including the TMM3 Video Fluoroscopy Chair, TMM4 Multi-Purpose Treatment Chair and TMM5 Surgical Stretcher Chair. Learn more about TransMotion Medical.

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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