North Carolina ENT ASC Participates in Cost & Quality DemonstrationThe Piedmont Ear, Nose and Throat Associates of Winston-Salem, which opened a $4.1 million outpatient surgical center in 2012, has agreed to participate in a demonstration project that provides the N.C. State Health Coordinating Council with information to measure the cost and quality of care at ASCs, according to a Journal Now report.
The five-year demonstration project is designed to compare cost effectiveness of allowing physician groups to perform surgeries at a physician-owned center to surgeries performed at hospitals or other outpatient clinics. The ASC is reporting case volume and patient outcome statistics, such as wounds and infection rates, post-procedure complications, readmission rates and medical errors, according to the report.
North Carolina legislators are currently considering a bill that would make obtaining certificate-of-need easier for physician-owned ASCs.
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