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Medicare Payment Rates for ASC’s will Increase in 2011

Just announced in November, Medicare payment rules for Ambulatory Surgery Centers will increase by 0.2% next year.  This is good news for ASC’s compared to the original proposal of 0% increase. Here is a link to a one page article titled: Medicare Raises ASC Rates 0.2%, HOPD Rates 2.35% in 2011  We will keep you […]

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Fighting Healthcare Acquired Infections – Can Do!

We see it more often than we would like to and we know ASC staff is working feverishly to prevent them.  Even one Healthcare Acquired Infection is too many. Here is more about one ASC that has been recognized for infection prevention and what they are doing to keep HAI’s in check. Article: ASC Infection […]

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CASC Credential – One on One with the President

As a follow up to last week’s blog some of you have wanted to learn more about the highly recognized certification for ASC Administrators.  BASC (Board of Ambulatory Surgery Certification) President Norman Burnette, CPA, CASC graciously shed some light on this topic. DJ:  What year did CASC credentialing began? NB:  The first exam was given in […]

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AORN Ambulatory Conference Begins October 28th

Event Announcement for ASC’s If you are an Ambulatory Surgery professional certainly you must already know about the AORN Ambulatory Conference scheduled in Denver the last week of October.  This is a time to learn first hand about critical issues facing ASC’s.  There will be networking opportunities and you will be able to meet with your […]

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Simple Solutions for Recruiting ASC Physicians

Recruiting new Surgeons and growing service lines will no doubt improve profits of any surgery center.   Do you find it a challenge to recruit Physicians?  Do you contact all Surgeons in your market?  How frequently should you visit or contact each Surgeon? If you are finding it a challenge to recruit surgeons, here is […]

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The Storm is Approaching. What Would you do?

It’s a CMS Condition for Coverage for ASC’s to have written disaster preparedness plans.  Besides, it makes good sense to be ready before the storm hits anyway. Where are the flood zones?  Who must evacuate?  Where at evacuation centers located?  Will you or your facility have a role to play during a hurricane or its […]

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How will 2011 Medicare Rates Affect your ASC Business?

In the proposed rule published July 2nd by the Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) ambulatory surgery centers would see a 0% increase in Medicare payments next year. For anyone that works in the ASC business, the slightest change to the proposal can affect your bottom line even if you are well prepared. Here […]

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