Debate Rages in New York Over ASC Approval
New York hospitals are challenging the approval of a new ambulatory surgery center, Omnicare Multi-Specialty Center, citing the potential to slash hospital revenue, according to a New York Post report.
The Omnicare Multi-Specialty Center would include gastroenterology, gynecology, orthopedics, otolaryngology and urology, and projects performing 4,400 surgeries per year. The new ASC could cost King County Hospital $742,000 in revenue, and SUNY Downstate, which has a same-day surgery program, also opposes the ASC, according to the report. However, the State Health Department recommended primary approval of the center.
One editorial published in the New York Post applauds the competition coming from new surgery centers while another, submitted by Medical Director and Chief Medical Officer at Trinitas Regional Medical Center William J. McHugh, MD, argues that ASCs have an unfair advantage because they lack charity care and don't provide emergency or after-hours services.
"The remarks by Mr. McHugh are both unfortunate and misguided. Surgery centers are licensed and accredited entities with a universal reputation for providing quality and efficient patient care at a lower cost. Nationally and locally, surgery centers are the facilities of choice for patients undergoing outpatient procedures, as evidenced by extraordinarily high patient satisfaction survey results," says Larry Trenk, President NJAASC .
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