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Industry surveys make it clear that surgery centers are the future for both patients and surgeons. These studies estimate that the market will grow to as much as $55 billion by 2025. Ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) are already responsible for more than half of outpatient surgeries in the U.S.
ASCs continue to grow and dominate general hospitals primarily because of the technological advances, lower costs, and excellent patient outcomes they offer.
These medical facilities go by several names, including specialty, ambulatory, and outpatient surgery centers. A general hospital offers a wide range of services to cover any patient that might walk through the door.
What makes a specialty facility different is that it offers narrower services. For example, orthopedic centers provide treatments and surgeries for musculoskeletal conditions and injuries, like joint replacements and fracture repairs.
The trend in patients choosing specialty centers over hospitals for care is ongoing. Healthcare consumers are smarter and more informed than ever before, and they turn to ASCs and specialty facilities for several reasons:
Savvy consumers follow their physicians. Surgeons continue to choose specialty and ambulatory surgery centers over hospitals for many good reasons. They know that the future is in outpatient surgery. In 2021, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services issued a final rule that ensured the trend will continue. The rule eliminates a list of nearly 2,000 procedures that Medicare currently only pays for when done in an inpatient setting.
But it isn’t just that patients want more ambulatory surgery options. Surgeons are part of the trend because they want more control over how they care for patients. At specialty centers, which are often physician-owned, they have more options. They can perform more procedures within their own areas of specialization and have greater access to surgical technology. Ultimately, what this all comes down to is better patient outcomes, which is what surgeons want.
North Carolina Specialty Hospital leads the region in providing specialty care, including surgeries. Contact North Carolina Specialty Hospital to learn more about our specialists and to schedule a consultation.
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