With the growing emphasis on outpatient care and cost reduction, ASCs can serve an important role by reducing hospital utilization and performing certain procedures more efficiently. The following list identifies the top 10 ASCs and billed HCPCS codes by Medicare charges and procedure volume in 2015, based upon Definitive Healthcare data.
The top 10 ASCs by total charges tend to be larger facilities with more operating capacity. The median number of ORs at each facility is about 6.5, compared to 2 for ASCs overall. In addition, many specialize in eye procedures, which often have higher charges and reimbursements. The list does include some exceptions, such as Surgery Center of Huntsville, which mostly performs other types of surgeries but still places high due to its large size, with 25 ORs. Another example is Atlanticare Surgery Center Egg Harbor Township, at which nearly a fifth of its total charges are for insertion of spinal pulse generators, which has an average charge of about $20,000, compared to $941 for cataract surgery.
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