From: Scott Becker <>
Subject: [Becker's ASC E-Weekly] Sept./Oct. Becker's ASC Review -- 14 New Articles -- Now Online | 27 Tips to Get Paid Fairly | 41 Things You Should Know About ASCs | 40 Physician Leaders to Know | Gain Practical Guidance Your ASC Can Use Immediately -- 7 Days Left to Register Early for Fall ASC Conference Oct. 23 to 25 in Chicago |
New Masthead
Becker's ASC Home | Subscribe to ASC Review | Current Issue | E-weekly Archives | Advertise
September 2, 2008
Articles From the Sept./Oct. Issue of the Becker's ASC Review Are Now Available at

1. 27 Tips to Get Paid Fairly By Medicare and Third-Party Payors. Click Here button

2. 41 Things You Should Know About ASCs. Click Here button

3. Office of Inspector General Issues Advisory Opinion -- Physician/Hospital Joint-Venture. Click Here button

4. 40 Physician Leaders You Should Know. Click Here button

5. Letter From the Editor: 5 Legal Developments; 15th Annual ASC Conference; Launch of The Hospital Review. Click Here button

6. The Future of Spine: Freestanding Centers. Click Here button

7. Cost of Doing Orthopedic Surgery. Click Here button

8. 10 Things You Should Know About Construction. Click Here button

9. Lessons From 3 Construction Projects. Click Here button

10. Cost to Build: Sample 2-OR ASC. Click Here button

11. Four Current Issues in Real Estate Development. Click Here button

12. Lease Vs. Own: Cost Estimate Sample for 2-Surgery-Suite ASC Development. Click Here button

13. Letter From the Editor: Surgeons' Wish List Is Simple: Convenience, Efficiency, Ease of Practice. Click Here button

14. Letter to the Editor: Doc-Owned Facilities Aren't the Bad Guys. Click Here button

View all the articles and download a PDF of the Sept./Oct. issue of the ASC Review.
How Is the Economy Affecting Your Surgical Facility?

Q: Have you seen anything that suggests that the economic downturn will slow or already has slowed growth and expansion of surgical procedures? How is your facility coping?

E-mail your thoughts to this question to Stephanie Wasek at Be sure to include your name, title and business name for confirmation purposes (you may request that we publish your answer anonymously).

Wanted: Assistant Director of Business Office Operations for ASC Management/Development Firm

Immediate opening for an assistant director of business office operations for Woodrum/Ambulatory Systems Development, an ambulatory surgery development and management company. Applicant must be able to compile financial analysis and key performance indicators; train and monitor new business office managers on all facets of business office operations, including scheduling, coding, billing, collections, accounts payable and physician relations related to business office functions; provide ongoing training, and supervision and performance assessment to existing business offices; strong computer and interpersonal skills. Candidate must also be able to travel. ASC experience strongly desired. We are looking for a dynamic individual who can multitask and thrive in a fast paced environment.

Fax resume and reference information to (813) 464-8161.
Business and Legal Guidance You Can Apply to Your ASC the Next Day; Early Registration Ends Sept. 10 

15th Annual Improving Profits and Business and Legal Issues for ASCs
Presented by ASC Communications and the Ambulatory Surgery Foundation
Sheraton Hotel and Towers, Chicago
Oct. 23 to 25

Book your hotel ASAP -- block nearly sold out. The Sheraton Hotel and Towers has set aside special group rates for conference attendees. Please contact the hotel directly to make your reservation. Be sure to mention you are attending the ASC Conference in order to receive the discounted group rate.

To make a reservation, go to, or call (800) 325-3535 or (312) 464-1000.

Group room rates:
Standard - $289 (single) or $319 (double)
Club Rooms - $364 (single) or $394 (double)

Here are seven other great topics on the program agenda:

1. How a Hospital Partner Can Help an ASC -- Should Your Hospital Own Shares and How Much Should It Own? -- Robert Carrera, CEO, Pinnacle III; Ed Hetrick, President, Facility Development and Management

2. Effective Billing and Coding for ASCs in the Wake of CMS Changes -- Caryl Serbin, RN, BSN, LHRM, President and Founder, Surgery Consultants of America and Serbin Surgery Center Billing

3. An Administrator's Viewpoint and Success Stories -- How to Get My Doctors to Do What I Think They Should Do Without Yelling, Breaking the Law or Losing My Job -- Rob Welti, MD, Corporate Medical Director and COO, Western Region, Regent Surgical Health

4. General Surgery in ASCs -- Why More General Surgeons Are Moving to ASCs; Are General Surgeons Worth Pursuing as Partners? -- Tom Galouzis, MD, President, Lake Park Surgicare

5. How to Reduce Hours Per Case; How to Recruit and Retain Great Directors of Nursing and Staff -- Lisa Cooper, Administrator, El Camino Surgery Center; Mary Sturm, SVP of Clinical Operations, Surgical Management Professionals; Michelle Smith, Director of Clinical Operations, Nueterra

6. Building a Brand in the World of Healthcare -- Rick Kolsky, Professor of Marketing, Kellogg School of Business

7. Establishing an ASC -- Key Concepts for Success - Bill Southwick, President and CEO, Healthmark Partners

To see the entire agenda, download the conference brochure (PDF).

There are four ways to register:

1. Fill out and mail or fax the registration form in the conference brochure.
2. Call (703) 836-5904 or (800) 417-2035.
3. Register online by clicking here.
4. E-mail

Becker's ASC Review Subscriber Benefits
As a Becker's ASC Review subscriber, you are entitled to the following benefits:

1. Becker's ASC Review delivered to your door;
2. subscriber discounts on the audio conference registrations;
3. $100 off registration for the June conference;
4. $50 off registration for both the October conference; and
5. a free copy of the VMG Health Intellimarker benchmarking survey.

To subscribe to the  Becker's ASC Review, go to
*           *           *
Contact us toll-free: (800) 417-2035

15 Management, Development and Equity Firms

1. Pacific Surgical Partners. PSP was created to own and operate outpatient surgery centers exclusively in southern California, primarily in conjunction with physician partners. Learn more about PSP.

2. Physicians Endoscopy. Physicians Endoscopy develops and manages endoscopic ambulatory surgery centers in partnership with practicing GI physicians and hospitals. Read more about Physicians Endoscopy.

3. Pinnacle III. Pinnacle III specializes in the operational development, management, select management, and billing for ASCs. Learn more about Pinnacle.

4. 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.

5. Prexus Health. Prexus Health is a 100 percent physician-owned company that specializes in the development and management of multi-specialty, physician-owned ASCs and small hospitals. Learn more about Prexus.

6. Regent Surgical Health. As buyers, developers and managers of outpatient surgery centers and physician-owned hospitals around the country, Regent Surgical Health is an experienced developer and specialist in turnaround situations. Read more about Regent.

7. RMC MedStone Capital. RMC MedStone Capital has strength in operations and management as well as the financial strength to make the transaction happen. Learn more about RMC.

8. SpineMark. SpineMark partners with hospitals and physicians across the United States and globally to develop and operate comprehensive, evidence-based spine centers of excellence. Learn more about SpineMark.

9. Surgery Consultants of America. SCA is a highly-regarded company offering complete ASC development and management services nationwide. Read more about SCA.

10. Surgical Management Professionals. With a seasoned team of healthcare professionals, SMP specializes in the management and development of ASCs and surgical specialty hospitals. Learn more about SMP.

11. Symbion. Symbion is a leading provider of high-quality surgical services across many specialties. Read more about Symbion.

12. Titan Health. Titan is a nationwide surgery center development, acquisition and management company that partners with hospitals and physicians to develop successful, multi-specialty ASCs. Learn more about Titan.

13. TpHR. TpHR, a joint-venture formed between Paragon Health and Texas Health Resources, is a healthcare development and management company that serves as a dedicated resource for the analysis, organizational development and operation of specialty healthcare services and hospital/physician joint-ventures. Read more about TpHR.

14. United Surgical Partners International. USPI was founded in 1998 by Don Steen and the investment firm Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe to pursue the ownership and management of ASCs in the United States and the ownership and operation of hospitals. Learn more about USPI.

15. 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.

Upcoming ASC Events
15th Improving Profitability, and Business, Strategic, Clinical and Legal Issues for ASCs
Oct. 23 to 25, 2008

For a complete list of upcoming events, click here

Quick Links
  • Click here to visit VMG Health for valuation needs.
  • Click here to visit National Surgical Care
  • Click here to visit Serbin Surgery Center Billing
  • Click here to visit Erdman (A Cogdell Spencer Company)
  • Click here to visit HealthCare Appraisers.
  • Click here to visit Meridian Surgical Partners.
  • Editorial Contacts
    For more information about print and online stories, please contact editorial.

    Stephanie Wasek
    (484) 866-1292
    e-mail Stephanie

    Rob Kurtz
    Director of Communications
    (410) 874-7681
    e-mail Rob
    Join Our Mailing List
    Safe Unsubscribe
    This email was sent to by
    Beckers ASC | 77 W. Wacker Dr. Suite 4100 | Chicago | IL | 60601