Surge in Surgery Center Surgeries
surgeons who own one of the growing number of ambulatory surgical
centers (ASC) are doing a lot more surgery than non-owners surgeons,
new workers' compensation research shows. There is plenty of
financial incentive for this – surgeon-owners not only get paid for
the surgery but they also share in their ASC's profits.
In Florida, orthopedic surgeons who owned ASCs did between 52 and
111 percent more surgery than orthopedic surgeons who were not
owners, according to the Workers Compensation Research Institute
The study, Why Surgeon Owners of Ambulatory Surgical Centers Do
More Surgery Than Non-Owners, found that the average surgeon did
14-22 percent more surgery after becoming an ASC owner. The study
did not determine whether these additional surgeries were necessary.
The study also found other important reasons orthopedic surgeons who
own ASCs do more surgery than orthopedic surgeons who are not
owners. One is that ASCs are more likely to recruit high-volume
surgeons to become owners.
Similarly, high-volume surgeons are more likely to become owners of
surgery centers, according to the study's author, Dr. Christine Yee.
Dr. Yee also noted that surgery centers are often more efficient
than hospital outpatient departments, so the surgeons were able to
schedule and perform more surgeries once they were affiliated with