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Advancing Ambulatory Surgery

The Ambulatory Surgery Center Association (ASCA) assists ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) in delivering safe, high-quality, cost-effective patient care.

Education, Programs & Services

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ASCA 2024 Conference & Expo

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Clinical & Operational Benchmarking

2023 Q2 reports now available

Salary & Benefits

2023 reports now available

ASC Focus Magazine - August 2023

ASC Focus Magazine

A members-only print and digital magazine for the ASC community

Digital edition sponsored by

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One World Surgery Partnership

ASCA members interested in medical mission opportunities are invited to apply for the ASCA Foundation’s scholarship program.

Enhancing the Patient Experience

ASCA members work at the forefront of the healthcare community to advance the safety, quality and cost-effectiveness of outpatient surgery.

We know our community is making a difference and that's why we provide the resources, education and advocacy to support this mission.

  • No need to visit a hospital
  • Medicare-certified quality
  • Efficient procedure scheduling and performance
  • Drastically reduced patient copays

Patients Pay Less in
Surgery Centers

ASCs see reimbursement rates per procedure that are roughly half that of hospital outpatient departments (HOPD). This lower cost is passed on to the patient in the form of lower coinsurance.

Carpal Tunnel Surgery

HOPD

$

ASC

$

Cataract Removal

HOPD

$

ASC

$

Rotator Cuff Repair

HOPD

$

ASC

$

Source: Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) 2024 Procedure Price Lookup Comparison File, Carpal Tunnel Surgery (CPT® 64721), Cataract Removal (CPT® 66984), Rotator Cuff Repair (CPT® 29827)

Surgery Centers
by the Numbers

Medicare-certified ASCs

$  billion/year

Medicare program and beneficiary savings

 million/year

Total procedures performed

 million/year

Medicare procedures performed

%

Medicare cataract surgeries are performed in ASCs

%

Medicare colonoscopies are performed in ASCs

Source: Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Physician/Supplier Procedure Summary (PSPS) data, 2019 to 2021

Colleen Ramirez, RN, CASC

Chief Administration Officer
Bone and Joint Surgery Center of Novi

“ASCA provides its members with a true community that includes professional development and connectivity. As a member, I am provided with the knowledge and resources to stay on top of the latest trends, regulations and best practices for ASCs, all while gaining personal growth in my profession.”

ASCA Connect, a Community for Surgery Center Professionals

ASCA member conversations happening now

  • Does anyone have any suggestions for location of AAAHC guidelines regarding proof of graduation/diploma/transcripts for RNs? I am unable find evidence to support that this is a requirement. Thank you in advanced! ------------------------------ Taylor ... Read more

  • Can anyone share their policy regarding safe patient selection and anesthesia, specifically addressing BMI. We do bariatric surgery and our current policy states none greater than 40 BMI. Anesthesia is being asked to increase this to 50. I want to ensure ... Read more

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  • Does anyone have any experience pulling patient data from HST to submit to Press Ganey? We are implementing this and I'm not sure how to get the test file or the patient data out of HST to submit to Press Ganey. Thanks! Wendy Spires, RN, ... Read more

  • Hi. We are looking at ways to recruit staff through current employees and are considering using a referral incentive for current staff members to reward them for their efforts to assist with building the team. Has anyone utilized an incentive program ... Read more

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