May 1, 2012 Related Topics: Ambulatory Surgery Centers
The last two decades have seen substantial growth in the use of ambulatory surgical centers (ASC) and the number of physicians who have ownership interests in these centers. In Florida, this study found that orthopedic surgeons who owned ASCs did between 52 percent and 111 percent more surgery than orthopedic surgeons who were not owners.
To help policymakers and other stakeholders better understand the relationship between ASCs and surgeons, WCRI looked at several factors that contributed to owners doing more surgery, including financial incentives, previous surgery volume prior to ownership, and the ability to do more surgery in an ASC relative to a hospital.
The study examined 941 orthopedic surgeons—some of whom ultimately became owners of surgery centers—and compared the number of knee, shoulder, and wrist surgeries that each surgeon did before becoming an owner with the number performed after becoming an owner.
SAMPLE OF MAJOR FINDINGS
Why Surgeon Owners of Ambulatory Surgical Centers Do More Surgery Than Non-Owners. Christine A. Yee. May 2012. WC-12-17.
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