GAO report is out -- but with ASC system proposed, does it matter?

February 2007
Same-Day Surgery;Feb2007, Vol. 31 Issue 2, p17
Academic Journal
The General Accounting Office (GAO) and the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) have weighed in on costs at ambulatory surgery centers (ASC) compared to hospital outpatient departments (HOPDs). • The GAO report says ASCs were performing procedures at 84% of a hospital's cost for the same service. • GAO affirms that the upcoming ASC payment system should be based on the HOPD rate. • The MedPAC report looked at three procedures and found no patient characteristics that should result in higher costs in either setting. The report also found reports of adverse events were low in both settings.


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