Ambulatory Surgery Center (ASC)

What is an ambulatory surgery center (ASC)?

Ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs), or outpatient surgery centers, are modern medical facilities specializing in outpatient surgical procedures. ASC services do not exceed 24 hours in duration. ASCs tend to focus on an area of care, such as colonoscopy or plastic surgery. State and federal agencies regulate ASCs to protect patients’ safety. 

Why are ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) important to healthcare?

Ambulatory surgery centers are important because they provide convenient, exceptional care to patients. CMS and states highly regulate ASCs to ensure the care offered is high-quality. 

Additionally, patients stay less time at ASCs than inpatient facilities. ASCs are also more cost-effective than hospitals for patients because they have lower overhead costs.