Why the Growth of Outpatient Centers Should Remain Top of Mind

Posted by Brian Chapman on March 11, 2020

Two months ago, I thought it was the healthcare story of the year: A huge number of procedures are receiving authorization to be conducted outside of the hospital. However, that’s starting to pale in comparison to the news of the moment, COVID-19, which is going to silence much of our talk over the next three-plus months. But I maintain that when the (hopefully figurative) dust clears, 2020 will be the tipping point—the year that many routine procedures move outside of the hospital.


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How Payers Are Driving the Site-of-Care Shift

Posted by Prateek Harsh on November 11, 2019

With all of the recent news from payers, 2019 is the year that the floodgates opened for ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs). This belief of mine was reinforced when I attended the 2019 Becker's ASC Annual Meeting, which took place Oct. 24-26 in Chicago. Payers, commercial or government, know that ASCs are about half of the cost of a hospital and have amassed increasing evidence of equal if not better outcomes than the hospital itself for the appropriate patient pool. These groups are now making big moves to realize significant cost savings from shifting the site of care.


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Oil Changes and Knee Replacements: Healthcare’s Shift to Lower-Cost Care

Posted by Prateek Harsh on November 5, 2018

As the final speaker of the day shared his closing thoughts at Becker’s ASC Annual Meeting, held Oct. 18-20 in Chicago, one thing was clearer to me than ever before: Healthcare delivery is finally starting to operate like a “business” similar to what you’d typically expect with most other industries in a free-market model. And ASCs—ambulatory surgery centers—come closest to the free-market model in healthcare. Consumers often are paying a big chunk out of pocket for their treatment and, as a result, shop around for the best price and quality. Similarly, providers are competing to drive efficiency while maintaining costs. With the help of these forces, ASCs are ripe for growth. 


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