Brighter Days for Ambulatory Surgery Centers with Innovative Breast Care

Ambulatory surgery centers face plenty of financial (some might even say “existential”) challenges. Among these are a tightening reimbursement environment, competition from hospital systems, and high health insurance deductibles.

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Dr. Michael Cross is establishing an international reputation for innovations in breast cancer surgery.

Nonetheless, breast cancer care is emerging as a bright spot for ASCs, including two centers we talked with recently.

In a large New York City surgery center, for example, breast care helps lead the way. In an Arkansas center, transparent pricing and use of a relatively new surgical marker called BioZorb are part of the story.

First, though, let’s talk about those challenges.

“The changes in healthcare have been accelerated with passage of the 2010 Affordable Care Act, a.k.a. Obamacare, the expansion of Medicaid programs, an economy that is improving at a slower than normal rate, and stagnant increases in wages,” Laura Dyrda wrote recently in Becker’s ASC Review, “Reimbursement is in flux for many surgical specialties,” and high-deductible Continue reading “Brighter Days for Ambulatory Surgery Centers with Innovative Breast Care”