Surgery Center Network Partners With Third-Party Administrator Kempton Group SCN provider members gain access to more surgical cases, Kempton Group clients receive high-quality, low-cost, transparent care

DALLAS, March 6, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Surgery Center Network (SCN), the most comprehensive network of ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) in the U.S., has announced a partnership with third-party administrator (TPA) The Kempton Group. As an SCN partner, The Kempton Group is implementing SCN's wide range of services for its clients.

Founded in 1969, The Kempton Group, headquartered in Oklahoma City, is a family-owned and family-oriented TPA of self-funded employee benefit plans. The Kempton Group provides employee benefit plan solutions that includes an innovative approach to plan administration, a focus on free-market healthcare, targeted employee education and full Affordable Care Act compliance assistance.

SCN highlights and connects ASCs to the general public, insurance plans and administrators, and group health and workers' compensation employers. SCN was launched in early 2013 by Surgical Notes, the preeminent nationwide provider of transcription, coding and other related information technology services for the ASC and surgical hospital markets. Founded in 1997, Surgical Notes has deep relationships in the ambulatory surgery industry, with more than 600 ASC and surgical hospital clients across the country.

Through the partnership with SCN, clients of The Kempton Group will gain access to pre-screened, high-quality ASCs who believe in free-market healthcare and price transparency.

The partnership benefits SCN surgery center members as they will gain more direct access to the revenue and reliable, incremental case volume necessary to succeed in this challenging, ever-changing healthcare environment.

"We are pleased to welcome The Kempton Group as SCN's newest TPA partner," said Jeff Blankinship, President of SCN. "Kempton Group's commitment to customer service and delivering true value to its clients has helped make Kempton Group a leading TPA in Oklahoma and Texas, and a perfect partner for SCN. We are looking forward to a longstanding relationship with Kempton Group and providing exceptional services to its clients for years to come."

The partnership with SCN will help support and further advance The Kempton Group's mission, said Jay Kempton, President and CEO of The Kempton Group.

"Our clients are purchasers of healthcare goods and services, and that's who we work for — period," he said. "We're hired to help manage their plan and assist them with learning how to make value-oriented healthcare purchasing decisions. Our partnership with SCN will only help to improve our efforts in these areas. We believe price and quality transparency is essential to delivering great healthcare, and SCN's surgery center partners share this belief. SCN is furthering the medical transparency movement, locating and fostering this ideal in strategic areas where our customers and their employees need surgical care."

Kempton continues, "There are too many organizations in healthcare that try to get between the buyer of healthcare — the patient — and seller of healthcare — the medical provider. The purist transaction to drive efficiency in healthcare is having a willing seller and a willing buyer agreeing on a market clearing price for goods and services, and keeping as many fingers out of that transaction as possible. Through our partnership with SCN, the transaction is very efficient; we manage the benefit plan and process payments to providers while SCN serves to promote free-market principles to ASCs around the region. It's not slick or full of spin. It's about facilitating transactions between quality service providers and willing buyers. It's called the free market, and it's what we need to allow more of the medical community to become independent and maintain this freedom."

Self-insured employers, providers, TPAs and case managers interested in learning more about how a partnership with SCN will benefit your organization should visit www.SurgeryCenterNetwork.com.

About Surgery Center Network
Surgery Center Network (SCN), hosted at www.SurgeryCenterNetwork.com, features an established network of ASCs. By accessing the network, users can perform surgery cost comparisons, receive surgery education and outcomes data, and conduct searches to locate and evaluate ASCs in their neighborhood or throughout the country. Surgery centers joining the SCN network receive significant benefits, including a comprehensive listing and direct link to their website, and increased exposure to self-funded group health, work-related and cash-paying patients. Sister company Surgical Notes (www.surgicalnotes.com) has been an industry-leading provider of medical transcription, coding and other value-added information services for ambulatory surgical centers for more than 15 years.

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