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June 11, 2009
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1. Anesthesiologist Involvement in an ASC: Q&A With Howard Balkenbusch of Associated Anesthesiologists of Fort Wayne. Click Here

2. 10 Statistics About Surgery Centers in the Southwest. Click Here

3. Case Study: Creating a State-of-the-Art Surgery Center. Click Here

4. Complimentary Surgery Center Webcast Series from Amerinet and ASC Communications. Click Here

5. Standing Out In a Competitive Surgery Center Market: It's All About the Patient. Click Here

6. Turnarounds: What Causes Them? How Do We Fix Them? (Reimbursement Issues), by Tom Mallon of Regent Surgical Health. Click Here

7. Red Flags Rule, Your Vendors and You, by David Hamilton of Mnet Financial. Click Here 

8. Learn More About Our Featured E-Weekly Advertisers: ASCOA, Amerinet, VMG Health and Meridian Surgical Partners.

9. Pres. Obama Open to Expanding MedPAC's Role in Determining Medicare Reimbursements. Click Here

10. 15 Companies for Surgery Centers and Hospitals to Know. Click Here

16th Annual Improving the Profitability of and Establishing ASCs Conference (Oct. 8-10, Chicago) Brochure and Exhibitor Prospectus Now Available. Click Here 
Call for Speakers: "Hospitals and Health Systems -- Improving the Profitability of Orthopedic and Spine Programs: Growing Volume, Assessing Financial Relationships, and Business and Legal Issues"

We are seeking speakers for a hospital and health system conference on improving the profitability and the revenues of orthopedic and spine programs.  The conference will also discuss compensation and business and legal issues for hospital service lines focused on orthopedics and spine. The conference will be held Oct. 7 in Chicago, immediately prior to the 16th Annual Improving Profits and Business and Legal Issues for ASCs.

We are seeking speakers for the following topics:
  1. The payors' view of hospital orthopedic and spine programs.
  2. Running your program smarter: Benchmarking, implant costs, staffing and other ways to cut costs.
  3. Building profitable pain management programs.
  4. Physician-owned orthopedic and spine hospitals.
  5. Key concepts to improve the profits of your hospital's orthopedic and spine program.
  6. Key tips for success.
  7. Marketing and branding the orthopedic and spine program.
  8. Orthopedics and spine: The forecast for the next 5 years.
  9. Using data to manage for success.
  10. 5 ways to cut costs.
  11. Finding new ways to improve volume.
  12. Physician-hospital joint ventures in orthopedics and spine.
  13. How to compensate employed orthopedic and spine surgeons.
If you are interested in speaking about one or more of these topics, please e-mail Scott Becker ( Please provide a brief description of your background and why you want to discuss a particular topic(s). 
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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.

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.

Amkai. Amkai is a software company with 20-plus years of experience delivering administrative and clinical solutions to ASCs, surgical hospitals and physician practices. Read more about Amkai.

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.

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.

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.

MEDtegrity. The MEDtegrity Medical Laundry Network is a $500 million commercial laundry network and of one of the largest and most successful independent and family-owned laundries in the United States. Learn more about MEDtegrity.

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.

Access MediQuip. Access MediQuip is one of the largest and most experienced providers of outsourced implantable device management solutions to the healthcare industry. Learn more about Access MediQuip.

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

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.

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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