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Top 20 Medicare procedures in ASCs by volume

The top 20 highest volume procedures for Medicare patients in ASCs account for 70.4 percent of the total Medicare patient volume.

Here are the 20 most frequently performed procedures in an ASC and the percentage of volume at ASCs for Medicare patients, according to the 2017 MedPAC report.

1. Cataract surgery with IOL insert, 1 stage: 18.6 percent
2. Upper GI endoscopy, biopsy: 8.2 percent
3. Colonoscopy and biopsy: 6.8 percent
4. Lesion removal colonoscopy (snare technique): 5.6 percent
5. Diagnostic colonoscopy: 2.3 percent
5. After cataract laser surgery: 4.4 percent
6. Inject foramen epidural: lumbar, sacral: 4.8 percent
7. Injection spine: lumbar, sacral (caudal): 3.3 percent
8. Inject paravertebral: lumbar, sacral: 3.1 percent
9. Colorectal screen, high risk individuals: 2 percent
10. Cataract surgery, complex: 1.6 percent
11. Colorectal screen, not high-risk individual: 1.9 percent
12. Upper GI endoscopy, diagnosis: 1 percent
13. Lesion removal colonoscopy (hot biopsy forceps): 0.8 percent
14. Cystoscopy: 1.2 percent
15. Revision of upper eyelid: 0.9 percent
16. Inject spine, cervical or thoracic: 1 percent
17. Upper GI endoscopy, insertion of guide wire: 0.8 percent
18. Injection procedure for sacroiliac joint, anesthetic: 1.3 percent
19. Carpal tunnel surgery: 0.7 percent

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