The Development of ASCs: A Positive Trend in Healthcare Delivery

By July 8, 2019Uncategorized

The gradual shift from inpatient to outpatient care has given patients increased flexibility in their medical care. By seeking treatment at ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs), outpatients will not only avoid overnight hospital stays, but also benefit from more cost-effective and transparent pricing models, as well as a more intimate treatment setting compared to that in hospital departments. Due to their increased efficiency, potential cost savings, and operational effectiveness, ASCs represent a pragmatic and evolutionary shift for patients, taxpayers, and physicians alike.

An ASC is defined as a healthcare facility where surgical care is delivered to patients without a hospital admission. On the other hand, hospital outpatient departments (HOPDs) are OR suites within hospitals that are designed to serve non-overnight patients [6]. Both care settings comprise the growing sector of outpatient surgical care. The last decade has seen a 6.6% decrease in inpatient stays, despite the population boom from 2005 to 2015; on the other hand, visits to outpatient facilities have increased by 14% [1,8]. Although both forms of delivery currently benefit from the shift to outpatient c