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12 Things to Know About Spine & Higher Acuity Cases in ASCs

Written by Carrie Pallardy | June 14, 2014

At the 12th Annual Spine, Orthopedic and Pain Management-Driven ASC Conference + The Future of Spine in Chicago on June 12, Jeff Leland, CEO of Blue Chip Surgical Center Partners, discussed the forces driving the shift of higher acuity cases to ambulatory surgery centers and how ASCs can add specialties such as spine and total joints.

Driving forces
There are three major disruptive phenomena behind the shift of higher acuity cases from the hospital to ASCs.


There are a number of specialties that offer ASCs opportunities to add higher acuity cases.

Higher acuity cases in practice

High acuity cases can be a profitable option for ASCs. A spine-driven ASC that performs 350 to 500 spine cases and 1,000 pain management cases per year can create a 100 to 150 percent return on investment, said Mr. Leland. But, before realizing high acuity success ASC leaders must determine how to transition those cases into practice.

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