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October 23, 2008
20 Most Popular Articles From Recent
Becker's ASC Review E-Weeklies

1. 17 Statistics an ASC Should Look at Every Month. Click Here button

2. Four Critical Concepts from the Latest Stark Act Regulations, by Scott Becker, JD, CPA, and Elissa Moore, JD. Click Here button

3. From the VMG Health Intellimarker: Revenue Per Case by Specialty in ASCs. Click Here button

4. 10 Legal Issues Facing Ambulatory Surgery Centers, by Scott Becker, JD, CPA, Bart Walker, JD, and Elaine Gilmer, JD. Click Here button

5. 10 Benchmarks for Billing and Collections. Click Here button

6. What Did a Physician Make in 1964? by Tom Pliura, MD, JD, CEO of zChart. Click Here button

7. 10 Women Leaders to Know in the ASC Industry. Click Here button 10 More Women Leaders to Know in the ASC Industry. Click Here button

8. Top 10 Procedures Associated With the Most Expensive Ambulatory Surgical Hospital Visits. Click Here button

9. 6 Operational and Financial Key Indicators for ASCs. Click Here button

10. 6 Trends in Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery. Click Here button


The Texas ASC Society's 2008 Annual Conference will be held in Austin, Texas, Nov. 13 and 14. The conference will provide attendees with an opportunity to learn more about the latest news about ASCs and interact with members of the Texas ASC industry. Registration details can be found at


11. States With the Most and Fewest ASCs. Click Here button

12. 6 Factors Contributing to an Increase in Mergers and Acquisitions, by Jon Vick, president of ASCs Inc. Click Here button

13. Top 10 Ambulatory Surgery Procedures in Hospitals. Click Here button

14. Average Charge and Payment Data for 13 Orthopedic Procedures Commonly Performed in ASCs. Click Here button

15. Average Charge and Payment Data for 4 Spine/Pain Management Procedures Commonly Performed in ASCs. Click Here button

16. Answers to Five Questions Relating to Joint-Ventures and Selling Part of an ASC, by Scott Becker, JD, CPA, and Elissa Moore, JD. Click Here button

17. 4 Steps to Bring an ASC to 100 Percent Capacity, by Tyler Merrill, vice president of business development for Ambulatory Surgical Centers of America. Click Here button

18. 7 Managed Care Contracting Best Practices From Industry Experts. Click Here button

19. 10 Key Facts and Statistics from the 2008 VMG Health Intellimarker (Part 1). Click Here button

20. 5 ASC Industry Association Leaders to Know. Click Here button
6,000 ASCS -- 40 percent in 5 States; Law Firm Profits Down; January Issue: 40 Companies to Watch and 20 Great Places to Work

1. SDI reports that there are now almost 6,000 ASCs nationally with nearly 40 percent in aggregate in five states. In contrast, there are also close to 6,000 hospitals, of which about 200-plus have physician-ownership of some sort. Learn more about SDI.

2. Its been reported as part of the CitiCorp law firm study that, for the first six months of this year, in a situation that has brought a great deal of sympathy from many quarters, that law firm profits at the largest 100 firms are down on average by more than 9 percent. This is of course for the first six months of 2008, which is likely to be the better half of the year.

3. The January issue of the Becker's ASC Review will focus on and highlight 40 companies to watch and 20 ASCs that are outstanding places at which to work. The February issue will focus on ASC mergers and acquisitions, buying and selling ASCs, and valuation issues for ASCs.

For a copy of the whole media kit and to see when different specialties and areas are featured in upcoming issues, please e-mail Scott Becker. For sample issues, please also email Scott Becker at

If you would like a free subscription to the Becker's Orthopedic and Spine Review or The Hospital Review, please e-mail Scott Becker.
Call for Topics: June Orthopedics, Pain Management and Spine Driven ASC Conference

While we are in the midst of hosting a record-breaking 650 attendees at our fall ASC conference, we are starting to plan the 7th Annual June Orthopedic, Pain Management and Spine Driven ASC Conference.

If you've seen a great presentation or speaker this past year, please let us know. We are also seeking suggestions for topics. If you've got an idea or would like to present at the conference, e-mail Scott Becker.

We had Tucker Carlson in June and have Uwe Reinhardt this week. Each is a terrific keynote speaker. Is there a keynote you'd be interested in seeing? Please e-mail Scott Becker at any time.

Is Your ASC in Compliance With USP 797?

You are invited to participate in a national survey regarding awareness of United States Pharmacopeia (USP) 797 and its practical effects on ASCs. USP 797 is the regulation that deals with sterile product handling; its revised standards came into effect on June 1.

Please share your opinions, as this survey will yield timely insight into how USP 797 has impacted ASC operations. Survey results will be published in the future on and used to assess the need for additional educational offerings regarding USP 797 that may help reduce sterile product-associated risks to ASCs.

Your survey responses will be strictly confidential and data from this research will be reported only in the aggregate. If you have questions at any time about the survey or the study procedures, please e-mail Cynthia Waisner. Thank you very much for your time and support.

Please click here to start the 10-minute survey now.

Learn more about USP 797 here.

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Upcoming ASC Events
The 7th Annual Orthopedics-, Pain Management- and Spine-Driven ASC Conference
June 11 to 13, 2009

16th Improving Profitability, and Business, Strategic, Clinical and Legal Issues for ASCs
Oct. 8 to 10, 2009

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