Author: Healthcare Bluebook and HealthSmart via Advancing Surgical Care
A review of commercial medical-claims data found that U.S. healthcare costs are reduced by more than $38 billion per year due to the availability of ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) as an appropriate setting for outpatient procedures. More than $5 billion of the cost reduction accrues to the patient through lower deductible and coinsurance payments. This cost reduction is driven by the fact that, in general, ASC prices are significantly lower than hospital outpatient department (HOPD) prices for the same procedure in all markets, regardless of payer.
Pacira CEO David Stack says 70% of surgeries will be outpatient in 10 years — Here are the key drivers
Mr. Stack said he sees the move to outpatient surgery as an important driver for the company’s success in the future. The company estimates around 70 percent of surgeries are done in hospitals and 30 percent are done in ASCs; however, over the next 10 years Mr. Stack projects that will flip to 70 percent of surgeries performed in an outpatient or ambulatory setting and 30 percent in the inpatient hospital.
The more financial responsibility patients share with their insurers, and the more they understand the disparity in prices charged by freestanding ambulatory surgery centers
A short drive in the Los Angeles area can yield big differences in price for knee or hip replacement surgery.