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June 23, 2009
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1. Oklahoma Surgery Center Settles Fraudulent Billing Claims for $3.5M. Click Here

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

3. CMS Issues Scam Alert for Medicare Fax Scheme. Click Here

4. 6 Challenges Facing Ophthalmology in Surgery Centers and the Best Ways to Overcome Them. Click Here

5. Don't Miss Dr. Robin Fowler, MD, of the Interventional Spine and Pain Management Ambulatory Surgical Center, Discuss "Building Outstanding and Profitable Pain Management Centers, Making Pain Profitable" at the 16th Annual Improving Profitability, and Business and Legal Issues for ASCs, from Oct. 8-10 in Chicago. Learn more. Click Here

6. Conditions for Coverage Rules Concerning Discharge to an Adult. Click Here

7. New York Attorney General Reaches Agreement With HealthNet on Out-of-Network Payment Reform. Click Here

8. North Carolina Hospital Opens Surgery Center. Click Here

9. Learn More About Our Featured E-Weekly Advertisers: Surgical Notes, ASCOA, ProVation Medical and Amkai.

10. Hawaii Surgery Center, Co-Owned by Surgical Care Affiliates, Leases New Facility. Click Here

11. North Carolina Hospital System Files CON for ASC. Click Here

12. Block Imaging International is Buying Equipment. Click Here
16th Annual Improving Profitability, and Business and Legal Issues for ASCs: Oct. 8-10, Chicago - Register Today and Save!

Five of the great topics on the program agenda:

Physician Management Company Relationships: Communications and Marking the Center Highly Successful -- Dennis Pappas, MD, Outpatient Care Clinic, Introduced by Holly Ramey, VP Operations, Surgical Care Affiliates

2. The Financial World's View of ASCs -- Craig Frances, MD, Summit Partners

3. A Step-by-Step Guide to Recruiting Physicians -- Dan Pereles, MD, Orthopedic Surgeon & Medical Director for Surgery Center of MD in Silver Spring, MD, and Chris Bishop, VP, ASCOA

4. General Surgery in ASCs: Current Trends and Opportunities -- George Trachtenberg, MD, Turks Head Surgery Center and Jeff Leland, CEO, Blue Chip Surgical Partners

5. Orthopedics: The Forecast for the Next Five Years -- John Cherf, MD, Dept. of Orthopedics, The Neurological & Orthopedic Hospital of Chicago

Learn more about the 16th Annual Improving Profitability, and Business and Legal Issues for ASCs, 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.

zChart EMR. zChart EMR was developed by dozens of healthcare professionals -- administrators, office staff, nurses and physicians -- at multi-specialty outpatient surgery centers. Learn more about zChart.

Viscot Medical. Products from Viscot Medical, a provider of disposable medical products since 1974, include sterile and non-sterile surgical skin markers; sterile and non-sterile medication labels and kits; male and female urinals; minor surgery drapes; and towels. Learn more about Viscot Medical.

Marasco & Associates. Marasco & Associates is a national architecture that has helped develop more than 300 ASCs and over 1,500 healthcare facilities nationwide over its 30-plus-year history. Read more about Marasco & Associates.

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.

ProVation Medical. ProVation Medical has created ProVation EHR, an electronic health record designed for busy, cost-conscious ASCs. Learn more about ProVation Medical.

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.

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.

Upcoming ASC Events
16th Annual Improving Profitability, and Business and Legal Issues for ASCs
Oct. 8-10, 2009

The 8th Annual Orthopedic, Spine and Pain Management Driven ASC Conference
June 10-12, 2010

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