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Latest News & Analysis

1. Operating Expenses as a Percentage of Net Revenues for ASCs, from the VMG Health 2008 Intellimarker. See breakdowns nationally and by region. Click Here button

2. CMS Proposes Covering Bariatric Surgery to Treat Diabetes in Obese, But Not Overweight, Patients. Click Here button

Read coverage of issues in bariatrics in ASCs in the January issue of the Becker's ASC Review. Subscribe today.

3. 3 Trends in Mergers and Acquisitions in the ASC Sector, from Joyce Deno of Regent Surgical Health. Click Here button

Find more coverage of ASC mergers and acquisitions in the February special issue of Becker's ASC Review.

4. Determining the Value of a Medical Practice, by Jonathan O'Sullivan and Thomas Warrington of VMG Health. Click Here button

5. 6 Critical Anesthesia Protocols and Procedures to Improve Efficiency, by Andrew Ribaudo and Kelly Scherbenske of Surgical Anesthesia Services. Click Here button

See more coverage of anesthesia in the January issue of the Becker's ASC Review. Subscribe today.

6. Learn More About Our 3 Featured E-Weekly Advertisers: Serbin Surgery Center Billing, Pentax Medical, B. Braun. Click Here button

7. Birmingham News Features Lt. Col. Bruce Bright of The Sanders Trust. Click Here button
Recent Stories on GI From Becker's ASC Review

1. Advice for More Cost-Effective Purchasing in GI, from John Poisson of Physician's Endoscopy. Click Here button

2. 6 Ways to Increase GI Profitability. Click Here button

3. 5 Best Practices for the Correct Coding and Billing of GI Procedures, by Stephanie Ellis, RN, CPC, of Ellis Medical Consulting. Click Here button

4. Average Charge and Payment Data for 7 Lower-GI Procedures Commonly Performed in ASCs Click Here button

5. Average Charge and Payment Data for 9 Upper-GI Procedures Commonly Performed in ASCs. Click Here button
Dr. E. Marlowe Goble Recognized as One of the Country's Top Knee Surgeons

E. Marlowe Goble, MD, will be featured as one of the country's top knee surgeons in the Jan. 2009 premier issue of Becker's Orthopedic & Spine Practice Review.

This issue will also feature coverage of five business challenges orthopedic practices face, interesting statistics about orthopedic practices, spine devices and trends to know and much more. To receive a complimentary one-year subscription to Becker's Orthopedic & Spine Practice Review, e-mail Scott Becker at

Learn more about Dr. Goble.

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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.

Facility Development and Management. Facility Development and Management provides consultative, developmental and managerial services for ASCs nationwide. The company serves as an agent of change helping to formulate policy on providing outpatient ambulatory services that will be reflective of quality surgical services for physicians and consumers.

ASCs Inc. ASCs Inc. helps physician-owners of ASCs form strategic relationships with leading ASC management companies and hospitals, and also represents physician-owners of ASCs and medical office building real estate. ASCs Inc. helps the physicians find the best long-term partner and the highest negotiated price.

Galil Medical. Galil Medical is leading a new era of minimally invasive cryotherapy solutions that enhance patient quality of life. Galil's technology, adopted originally from military applications, involves freezing and ablating diseased tissue in a technique referred to as cryotherapy, also referred to as cryoablation and cryosurgery.

The Sanders Trust. The Sanders Trust owns, acquires and develops ASC buildings and medical office buildings nationwide. Owners of ASC "bricks and mortar" who sell their facilities and lease them back from The Sanders Trust benefit by eliminating debt guarantees and freeing capital from an illiquid investment while maintaining control over building management and operation.

MediGain. MediGain helps healthcare providers to preserve profitability with improved and low cost back-office processes. Its unique delivery model provides significant cost savings, and provides additional resources to improve returns and efficiencies.

B. Braun. For 150 years, B. Braun has developed a rich heritage of knowledge and expertise for delivering innovative healthcare products, medical devices and programs designed to improve both patient and health-professional safety. Using its Sharing Expertise initiative as a driving philosophy, B. Braun collaborates with customers, partners and employees to develop innovative products, services and education programs.

Alcon. Alcon is a research- and development-driven, global medical specialty company focused on eye care. It develops, manufactures and markets surgical equipment and devices, pharmaceutical eye drops and consumer vision care products to treat eye diseases and disorders.

Surgical Management Professionals. With a seasoned team of healthcare professionals, SMP specializes in the management and development of ASCs and surgical specialty hospitals. The company has the unique history of having been created by the Sioux Falls Surgery Center eight years ago and, as such, still has employees deeply involved in the clinical aspects of running a center on a day-to-day basis.

Kaye/Bassman International. Greg Zoch, a partner and managing director with Kaye/Bassman International, has served many of the industry's largest players by finding top talent at the facility and corporate level. Mr. Zoch specializes heavily in the ASC world.

American Medical Buildings. AMB is a turnkey facilities developer. It specializes exclusively in the development of ambulatory care facilities nationwide, including surgery centers, medical office buildings, clinics, imaging centers and outpatient centers.

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June 11 to 13, 2009

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