Rate of Anesthesia Use in Colonoscopies is on the Rise, Report Says

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The rate of anesthesia use in screening colonoscopies has increased in both physicians' offices and ambulatory surgery centers, according to a whitepaper released by Truven Health Analytics.


The report found that in the first quarter of 2010, around 20 percent of colonoscopies performed in physicians' offices included the use of anesthesia services, and by the third quarter of 2012, the rate of anesthesia use in colonoscopies had increased to nearly 60 percent. Similarly, the Q1 of 2010, a little under 40 percent of colonoscopies performed in ASCs included anesthesia services, but by Q3 of 2012, around 60 percent of colonoscopies in ASCs included anesthesia services.   

Also, the average price for a colonoscopy event with a participating anesthesiologist was found to be $1,583 in an ambulatory surgery center as compared to $1,306 without a participating anesthesiologist, according to the report.

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