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May/June 2010 Issue of Becker's Orthopedic & Spine Review

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May/June 2010 Issue

How Healthcare Reform Impacts ASCs and Physician-Owned Hospitals – 10 Observations
For physician-owned hospitals, the healthcare reform bill and its impact is very clear and very negative. For ASCs, there is much less direct impact and the long-term impact is much less clear ... Click to continue »


To Sell or Not to Sell: A Guide for Orthopedic Practices Eyeing Deals With Hospitals
Orthopedic surgeons contemplating turning over their practices to their local hospital may view such a deal as a way to lock in lifelong profits while saying goodbye to all of the administrative hassles of managing a practice ... Click to continue »


9 Reimbursement and Business Concepts for Orthopedics in ASCs
1. New CMS ASC payment system has generally increased orthopedic reimbursements. The transition to the new CMS ASC payment system, which pays centers at a percentage of HOPD rates, has increased the reimbursement ... Click to continue »


Publisher’s Letter: May/June 2010
Healthcare Reform; Is the AMA the Worst Trade Association Ever?; Orthopedic, Spine and Pain Management Driven Ambulatory Surgery Center Conference: Improving Profitability and Business and Legal Issues ... Click to continue »


What Health Reform Will Mean for Physicians and Hospitals
For physicians: 1. Increased demand for physicians. With 32 million more Americans expected to enter the health insurance market, demand should rise, especially for primary care physicians, the Philadelphia Inquirer ... Click to continue »


Orthopedics Gross Charge and Revenue Statistics by Number of ORs
Here are the median gross charges and net revenue per orthopedics case by a surgery center's number of operating rooms, according to VMG Health's 2009 Intellimarker. Gross charges All facilities ... Click to continue »


20 Orthopedic- and Spine-Driven ASCs to Know
Houston Orthopedic Surgery Center (Warner Robins, Ga.). Houston Orthopedic Surgery Center is home to four orthopedic and sports medicine specialists and one spine surgeon. The ASC consists of two operating rooms ... Click to continue »


5 Things Orthopedics and Spine Practices Can Do Immediately to Improve Profits
Here are five changes and improvements orthopedic and spine practices can make immediately to improve profits in their practices. 1. Involve physicians in creating business policies. Solid business ... Click to continue »


Becker's ASC Review/Becker's Hospital Review Names 100 Best Places to Work in Healthcare
CHICAGO — Becker's ASC Review and Becker's Hospital Review have announced the "100 Best Places to Work in Healthcare." The 2010 list was developed through nominations, recommendations and research, and ... Click to continue »


Why Patient Selection Matters to Spine-Focused ASCs: Q&A With Dr. Thomas Forget
Thomas R. Forget, MD, is a neurosurgeon with St. Louis Spine Surgery Center in St. Louis ... Click to continue »


6 Reimbursement and Business Concepts for Spine in ASCs
1. Negotiations with payors can be more difficult for spine than orthopedics. Since Medicare does not reimburse spine cases in the outpatient setting, negotiating ASC rates for spine cases ... Click to continue »

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