Ambulatory surgery centers are healthcare facilities offering patients the opportunity for selected surgical and procedural services to be performed outside the hospital setting. Performing surgical procedures at ASCs instead of hospitals is more efficient, cost-effective and convenient, resulting in greater patient satisfaction. The rise of ASCs is no surprise, especially in a time of increasing antibiotic resistance. Patients are exposed to fewer resistant bacteria than they would be in a hospital, reducing the risk of infection.
One of the major factors that have contributed to the increase in ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) versus traditional hospitals is the lower cost as mentioned above. This is because ASCs often limit the services they offer and can charge less than hospitals, whose charges must encompass the operating costs of a wide breadth of services and staff with their accompanying overhead.
Another reason for the rise of ASCs is clinical advances in technology. Advances in anesthesia have increased the provision of ambulatory anesthesia services, making it possible for more surgeries to be performed at ASCs. The volume, age, and complexity of the outpatient surgical population has grown, and more patients are now facing the choice between different surgical settings. Additionally, there is a greater demand for lower-cost and higher-quality care.
It is important to note that ASCs are not appropriate for all patients, including those with complex comorbidities. However, the rise of ambulatory sites reflects how medical care has been shifting out of hospitals and into outpatient sites.
Ambulatory Program Development Purpose:
Retain/Grow Ambulatory Market Share as Surgery is in transition from: