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Legislation Promotes Cost-Savings, Patient Access to Outpatient Surgical Centers

Tuesday, May 13th, 2014

Reported from Ambulatory Surgery Center Association News

If you need surgery, Ambulatory Surgical Centers (ASCs) can save you money while offering you the same high quality health care as Hospital Outpatient Surgical Departments (HOPDs). To continue to make ASCs a viable option for you, U.S. Congressmen have introduced still-pending legislation to level the playing field of Medicare reimbursements to ASCs and HOPDs.

Pending legislation. The Ambulatory Surgical Center Quality and Access Act of 2013, backed by the Ambulatory Surgery Center Association, attempts to eradicate the inequities of Medicare reimbursements to ASCs and HOPDs. Currently, Medicare pays ASCs 58% of the amount it pays to HOPDs for identical service, and the disparity continues to rise. Cost-savings. The pending Bill will make it possible for you to access treatment at Ambulatory Surgical Centers that is more affordable than that at Hospital Outpatient Surgical Departments. At the same time, it saves Medicare $2.6 billion every year—a win-win situation.

Ambulatory Surgical Centers. Ambulatory Surgical Centers (ASCs) are modern health care facilities focused on providing same-day surgical care as well as diagnostic and preventive health care procedures.

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