May 1, 2016 Related Topics: Ambulatory Surgery Centers
The substantial expansion of ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) has attracted the attention of workers’ compensation policymakers and system stakeholders in many states. In 1996, there were about 2,200 ASCs nationwide, increasing to 5,364 in 2013.
This report expands analysis in the first edition of this study by comparing ASC and hospital outpatient payments for common knee and shoulder surgeries across 32 states in calendar year 2013, whereas the previous report did a similar comparison across 23 states in calendar year 2011. The study examines changes in fee schedule regulations and compares how average ASC and hospital outpatient payments changed from 2008 to 2013.
The 32 states included in this study are Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and Wisconsin.
Comparing Payments to Ambulatory Surgery Centers and Hospital Outpatient Departments, 2nd Edition. Bogdan Savych. May 2016. WC-16-40.
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