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Advantages of Outpatient Surgery Facilities

Outpatient surgery centers are also known as ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs). The advantages of an ambulatory surgery center include size, service, quality and cost. Ambulatory surgery centers are smaller and more service-oriented than traditional hospitals and offer a high-quality, cost-effective option for many patients needing to undergo a surgical procedure normally associated with hospitals.

Patient satisfaction is a hallmark of the ambulatory surgery center industry. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General surveyed Medicare beneficiaries who had one of four procedures in an ambulatory surgery center. Ninety-eight percent of the people surveyed were satisfied with their experience.

One reason for high patient satisfaction is convenient scheduling. According to an Outcomes Monitoring Survey of the Federated Ambulatory Surgery Association (FASA), 75 percent of ambulatory surgery centers started more than 80 percent of their cases on time. Patients also choose ambulatory surgery centers for their high level of professionalism and safety. FASA's survey shows that more than half of ambulatory surgery centers had fewer than three complications per 100,000 encounters and that more than 95 percent of their medical staff is board-certified.

Another reason patients like ambulatory surgery centers is value. In a study conducted by Blue Cross Blue Shield, results revealed that, on average, procedures performed at ASCs cost 47 percent less than those same procedures performed on hospital inpatients. Furthermore, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General said, "We agree that ASCs can significantly reduce costs for federal health care programs, while simultaneously benefiting patients." In fact, every study ever done has shown that the quality of care delivered in ASCs is equal to or better than comparable hospital care.

When you consider all the advantages, it's clear that having a surgical or other procedure at an ambulatory surgery center is a practical and pleasant alternative to surgery at a hospital.

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