Ambulatory surgery centers or ASCs are facilities where procedures that do not require hospital admission are performed. ASCs provide cost-effective services and a convenient environment that is less stressful than what many hospitals can offer. Patients who choose to have procedures in an ASC arrive on the day of their procedure, have their procedure in a fully equipped procedure room and recover under the care of highly skilled nurses, all without hospital admission. Whether they are young or old or somewhere in between, patients and their families benefit from the comfortable environment ASCs offer.
A Good Choice for many Reasons – Quality, Customer Service and Cost- Patient satisfaction is the hallmark of the ASC industry. When the US Department of health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General surveyed Medicare beneficiaries who had procedures done in an ASC, it found that 98% of the people were satisfied with their experience. Studies have shown that the quality of care delivered in ASCs is equal to or better than comparable hospital care.
Other reasons patients and physicians choose ASCs for healthcare are convenient scheduling and reliable service. In addition to providing high quality health care and excellent service, ASCs save patients and insurers money. One study shows Medicare and its beneficiaries pay an average of $320 more for a procedure performed in a hospital outpatient department than they would pay for the same procedure if performed in an ASC.