Category Archives: Publications

Increasing cost and challenge of running ambulatory surgery centers: 10 contributing factors

Becker's ASC Review
Over the past several years, it has become more expensive and difficult to develop and operate ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs). There are a number of factors — in areas including quality reporting, reimbursement, compliance and staffing — that have contributed to this increasing challenge facing ASCs. In a Becker's ASC Review column, Tyla Blom, Avanza's senior consultant, operations, identifies and explains 10 such factors.
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Monitoring ASC performance: 3 areas of focus

Becker's ASC Review
Without careful monitoring of ASC operations, problems can grow in significance over time. It is imperative for ASCs to perform regular examination of their operations and performance to identify shortcomings and improvement opportunities. In a Becker's ASC Review column, Vicki Dekker, Avanza's Senior Consultant, Business Office Specialist, identifies three areas for ASCs to monitor to help ensure a sustained, high level of performance.
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ASC Long-Term Success from the Developer’s Point of View

The Ambulatory M&A Advisor
Planning and developing an ambulatory surgery center is a challenging, complex process. There are many factors ASCs must take into consideration if they want to ensure the facility they open meets their short- and long-term needs. In an article by The Ambulatory M&A Advisor, Avanza President, CEO and ASC industry veteran Joan Dentler shares insight about a number of topics concerning ASC development, including critical steps to take early in the planning process, the importance of a timeline, the need of patience and flexibility, and common mistakes and challenges.
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16 things to know about outpatient total joint replacements and ASCs

Becker's ASC Review
With ambulatory surgery center (ASC) surgeons increasingly performing outpatient total joint replacements, Becker's ASC Review put together a roundup of things to know about these procedures and ASCs. In the column, Avanza President and CEO Joan Dentler discusses why surgery centers have become a more appealing setting for total joints in the eyes of payers and what ASCs need to do to secure an appropriate contract to perform them for payer members.
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