New Advisory Opinion on Orthopedic-Driven Physician/Hospital Joint-Venture
Scott Becker reports that McGuire Woods (Scott Becker, JD, CPA, and Melissa Szabad, JD), with help from Winston & Strawn (Tom Mills and Marion Goldberg) and Much Shelist (Neal Goldstein), were privileged, on behalf of an ASC joint venture, to have received this week a favorable OIG advisory opinion on a physician/hospital ASC joint-venture. The ASC included some non-safe harbor compliant orthopedic physicians. To obtain the favorable opinion, and provide comfort to the OIG, the opinion had to include several prophylactic steps. The OIG will publicly publish the opinion Friday, and we will run a special analysis on the opinion Tuesday.
This most recent and lengthy experience with the OIG indicates its continued high level of concern with indirect referrals as well as its growing expertise in niche areas.
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|Ophthalmology Remains a Viable Specialty for ASCs|
Is it still worthwhile to consider ophthalmology as a specialty for my ASC?
A: Ophthalmology procedures are still profitable. Do not make a blanket decision to not
seek ophthalmology as a specialty. ASCs can still profit from ophthalmology procedures
if the ASC has significant volumes and has effective internal cost control (i.e., it is
run very efficiently).
"We believe that, depending upon the surgeons, we can make substantial profit margins,"
says Brent Lambert, MD, FACS, chairman of the board and a founder of Ambulatory
Surgical Centers of America. "You have to have a surgeon that has a short operating
time for a 'phaco'. What that means is certainly under 15 minutes per case. That's four
an hour, and he can keep his total supplies under $220, which is easily done. Our
overhead expenses, except for supplies, through our centers, average $18 per minute for
every minute the patient is in the OR. Let's says it takes 15 minutes to do the
(surgery). That would be $270 in overhead and then $220 in supplies. You're getting
$960 reimbursement on average. Those are very good numbers.
"And there are many surgeons who can do these (procedures) in six to ten minutes, and
then it can be very substantial profit margins," he says. "But if someone is going to
say they do two (procedures) an hour, then we're probably not going to make hardly any
money, regardless of how good of a surgeon he is, because he's up around $540 on his
minutes. Many of the surgeons who take a long time, in our experience, are also
expensive users of supplies. It's sort of a double whammy and you can get killed by
Note: You can learn 44 other "Things to Know" about ASCs in the Sept./Oct. issue of the ASC Review.
|How Does Your Facility Handle Surgery Cancellations?
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3. Core Tips and Strategies to Succeed with Orthopedics and Neurosurgery in ASCs --
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