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Do ambulatory surgery centers affect hospital utilization?

Opening a freestanding ambulatory surgery center in a market where there previously had not been one decreased outpatient surgical volume at the local hospital by 7 percent, according to a large-scale study of Medicare beneficiaries.  The shift from hospital-based to ASC-based outpatient procedures was particularly pronounced for ophthalmology.  The researchers also analyzed the effect on quality of care and found no impact on either hospital admission within 30 days or on mortality rates due to the opening of an ambulatory surgery center.

Source: Hollenbeck, B.K., Dunn, R.L., Suskind, A.M., and others. (2015, Oct.). Ambulatory surgery centers and their intended effects on outpatient surgery. HSR. Health Services Research, 50(5), 1491-1507.  http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/1475-6773.12278/abstract  Posted by AHA Resource Center (312) 422-2050, rc@aha.org

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