As the number of ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) substantially expands nationwide, this study examines how the payments for common workers’ compensation surgeries conducted at ASCs compare with the payments for similar surgeries performed at hospital outpatient settings.
The study, Comparing Payments to Ambulatory Surgery Centers and Hospital Outpatient Departments, analyzed ASC and hospital outpatient facility payments for common knee and shoulder surgeries performed in calendar year 2011 in 23 large states representing over two-thirds of the workers’ compensation benefits paid in the United States.
The 23 states included in this study are Arizona, California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and Wisconsin.
Comparing Payments to Ambulatory Surgery Centers and Hospital Outpatient Departments. Bogdan Savych. June 2014. WC-14-29.
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