Why Choose an Ambulatory Surgery Center for Outpatient Procedures

Rachel Morrell

GI Doctor talks to patient at Ambulatory Surgery Center

When you need to have an outpatient procedure like a colonoscopy or endoscopy, ask your doctor to schedule it at an in-network ambulatory surgery center (ASC).

What is an Ambulatory Surgery Center?

An ASC is a freestanding medical facility that offers preventative services and surgical care. Because of their convenience, efficiency and value, ASCs are an attractive alternative to a hospital outpatient department (HOPD).

Benefits of Ambulatory Surgery Centers vs. Hospitals

You may think all surgeries and procedures should be performed in a hospital. However, if you are in good health and are having a lower risk or minimally invasive procedure, you should consider an ASC. Currently, ASCs perform over 50 percent of outpatient surgeries, and this number continues to increase.

Here are a few reasons why people are selecting ASCs over hospitals:

Lower Healthcare Costs

According to a 2016 analysis by Healthcare Bluebook and HealthSmart, ASCs help reduce U.S. healthcare costs by more than $38 billion each year. Over $5 billion of the cost savings comes from lower deductible and coinsurance payments for patients. In most cases, you will pay a lower coinsurance payment for procedures at an ASC compared to a hospital.

Transparency in Healthcare

We all know how difficult it is to get pricing information from a hospital. ASCs are eager to make their cost information available to you before your surgery because they can offer the same quality procedure for less. You deserve to know details about your out-of-pocket responsibility so you can evaluate, compare costs and make wise financial decisions with your healthcare dollars.

Safer and Cleaner

ASCs must adhere to the same quality standards as hospitals for cleanliness and safety. Research shows that the average rate of surgical site infection (SSI) in ASCs was 4.95 per 1,000 patients, but the average SSI in hospitals was 8.95 per 1,000 patients.

Comfortable, Relaxed Environment

Hospitals can be stressful, with limited parking and confusing signage. Because they serve hundreds of patients per day, it is not uncommon to experience extended wait times due to overscheduling and delays. ASCs are small, freestanding facilities that schedule a limited number of procedures per day. You’ll find ASCs have a pleasant, relaxed atmosphere that feels entirely different from a hospital and seems more home-like.

Exceptional Care

Ambulatory surgery centers have been performing safe, high-quality outpatient medical procedures for over 40 years. Because of the targeted, specialized services they offer, ASCs provide exceptionally personalized care.

High Patient Satisfaction Rate

While statistics and data can underscore ASC quality and value, patient experience is equally important.  Surveys indicate a 92 percent satisfaction rate among patients for the care and services they received at ASCs. The leading categories were: safe and high-quality service, ease of scheduling, greater personal attention and lower costs.

Call a Gastroenterologist

Make your next procedure more pleasant and affordable by scheduling your upper endoscopy or colonoscopy at an ambulatory surgery center. Most patients find they can receive the same high-quality care in a comfortable environment with shorter wait and recovery time.

Now that you know all the benefits of an ASC, it’s time to make an appointment with a gastroenterologist. Our GI doctors are fellowship-trained in endoscopy and are currently accepting new patients. Use our Find a Screening Center tool to locate an ASC in your area.

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