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1. 2010 ASC Payment Rates Final Rule Released; ASCs Receive 1.2% Medicare Payment Inflation Update, 76 New Codes Added. Click Here

2. 11 Things to Know About Anesthesia and Anesthesia in ASCs.  Click Here Look for 12 More Things to Know About Anesthesia and Anesthesia in ASCs in next Tuesday's Becker's ASC Review E-weekly.

3. USPI Reports 19% Operating Income Growth for Third Quarter. Click Here

4. ASCOA is seeking to invest in and manage physician-owned hospitals. If you have an interest in a partnership or have a contact that may have such an interest, please contact Brent Lambert at (781) 258-1533 or e-mail Learn more about ASCOA at

5. Grow Your Business: Advertise in the Becker's ASC Review -- Let us help you reach your target audience in the most focused and intelligent way available. To make great connections with the most important and successful people in the ASC industry, please e-mail Jessica Cole, president and chief development officer of ASC Communications, at or Kimberly Hursley, account manager, at You can also call Jessica and Kim at (800) 417-2035.

6. Tips for Getting the Best Quality and Savings for Surgical Instrumentation. Click Here

7. Becker's ASC Review's second annual Best ASCs to Work For nominations is now open. This list recognizes organizations that go beyond what's expected for ensuring the highest level of staff satisfaction as a driver of quality care. If your ASC is a great place to work, please tell us why by e-mailing Scott Becker (, Rob Kurtz ( or reply to this e-mail The list of "25 Great ASCs to Work For" will be published in the January issue of Becker's ASC Review. See last year's list of "Great ASCs to Work For in 2008" by clicking here.

8. AAAHC is hosting its Achieving Accreditation Educational Seminar from Dec. 4-5 in Las Vegas. Learn more. Click Here

Learn More About Our Featured E-Weekly Advertisers: PENTAX, ASCOA, VMG Health and SourceMedical. 
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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.

APIC. The Association for Professionals in Infection Control & Epidemiology has more than 12,000 members who have primary responsibility for infection prevention, control and epidemiology in healthcare settings around the globe. Learn more about APIC.

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.

The Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care. AAAHC/Accreditation Association has become a leader in ambulatory healthcare accreditation with more than 4,000 organizations accredited nationwide, including endoscopy centers, ASCs, office-based surgery centers, managed care organizations, student health centers, and large medical and dental group practices. Learn more about AAAHC.

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.

PENTAX Medical Company. PENTAX offers detection and efficiency solutions for video and fiber endoscopy equipment and computer technology/imaging products for diagnostic, therapeutic and research applications in the GI, ENT and pulmonary fields. Learn more about PENTAX.

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.

SourceMedical. SourceMedical is the leading provider of outpatient information solutions and services, collectively serving ASCs and surgical hospitals. Learn more about SourceMedical.

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

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.

Serbin Surgery Center Billing. Serbin Surgery Center Billing was founded in 2001 to provide the answer to ASCs' complex and unique billing needs, providing expert and accurate coding, billing, collections, and managed care negotiations solely to the ASC industry. Learn more about SCB.

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