NOTES TO THE CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
1. SUMMARY OF SIGNIFICANT ACCOUNTING POLICIES
AmSurg Corp. (the "Company"), through its wholly-owned subsidiaries, owns
majority interests primarily between 51% and 70% in limited partnerships and
limited liability companies ("LLCs") which own and operate practice-based
ambulatory surgery centers and physician practices. The Company also has
majority ownership interests in other partnerships and LLCs formed to develop
additional centers. All subsidiaries and minority owners are herein referred to
as partnerships and partners, respectively.
At December 31, 1996, approximately 60% of the outstanding common shares of
the Company were owned by American Healthcorp, Inc. ("AHC").
a. Principles of Consolidation
The consolidated financial statements include the accounts of the Company
and its subsidiaries and the majority-owned limited partnerships and LLCs in
which the Company is the general partner or member. All material intercompany
profits, transactions and balances have been eliminated.
b. Cash and Cash Equivalents
Cash and cash equivalents are comprised principally of demand deposits at
banks, and other highly liquid short-term investments with maturities less than
three months when purchased.
c. Other Current Assets
Other current assets are comprised of prepaid expenses and other
d. Property and Equipment
Property and equipment costs include expenditures which increase value or
extend useful lives. Depreciation for buildings and improvements is recognized
under the straight line method over 20 years, or for leasehold improvements,
over the remaining term of the lease plus renewal options. Depreciation for
moveable equipment is recognized over useful lives of five to ten years.
e. Other Assets
Other assets consist of deferred pre-opening costs, deferred organization
costs and deferred financing costs of the Company and the entities included in
the Company's consolidated financial statements. Deferred pre-opening costs are
being amortized over one year, deferred organization costs are being amortized
over five years, and deferred financing costs are being amortized over the term
of the related debt. Accumulated amortization of other assets at December 31,
1995 and 1996 was $325,528 and $402,402, respectively.
f. Excess of Cost over Net Assets of Purchased Operations
Excess of cost over net assets of purchased operations are being amortized
over 25 years. Accumulated amortization at December 31, 1995 and 1996 was
$1,705,157 and $2,757,394, respectively. The Company has consistently assessed
impairment of the excess of cost over net assets of purchased operations and
other long-lived assets in accordance with criteria consistent with the
provisions of Financial Accounting Standard No. 121 "Accounting for the
Impairment of Long-Lived Assets and for Long-Lived Assets to Be Disposed Of."
(See Notes 2 and 9).
g. Income Taxes
The Company files a consolidated tax return which includes all of its
subsidiary corporations and computes its tax provision under Financial
Accounting Standard No. 109 "Accounting for Income Taxes."