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1. 3 Things Wrong With the AMA's Support of the President's Healthcare Reform Plan, by Scott Becker, JD, CPA. Click Here

2. Average ASC Facility Expenses By Region. Click Here

3. Q: We want to give $500 gift cards to physicians on our staff in lieu of a Christmas gift. Is this legal?

Scott Becker, JD, CPA: We would heavily discourage doing so. Under the Stark Act, there is a de minimas gift exception. A $500 cash gift would not meet this exception. This type of gift would also not meet any safe harbor under the Anti-Kickback Statute. While the Stark Act doesn't directly apply to ASCs, it is very helpful for guidance as to what types of practices the OIG would find acceptable under the Anti-Kickback Statute. In short, we would heavily discourage the providing of cash gifts to referring physicians.

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5. House Judiciary Committee Passes Bill Limiting Insurer Antitrust Exemptions. Click Here

6. 4 Ways Eliminating Your Inventory Holding Costs Will Help Manage Your Supplies More Efficiently and Reduce Costs, by Sherrye Crone of Solus Management Services. Click Here

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9. University of Nebraska to Build Eye, Outpatient Surgery Center. Click Here

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