Of all the ways the healthcare industry as a whole can lower costs and improve care, one of the most promising is the continued shift to outpatient services. Made possible by medical advances, regulatory changes, and better patient management, the growth of healthcare delivery in an outpatient setting, and even outside the hospital, has led to lower costs, better outcomes, and higher patient satisfaction in several clinical areas, including surgery.

While most hospitals offer outpatient surgery, ambulatory surgery centers have been praised as a superior choice for certain procedures, both because of facility efficiencies and greater regulatory controls for reimbursements under the outpatient prospective payment system. All procedure data from the Definitve Healthcare database.

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