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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