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Vasectomies cost more in ASCs than office settings, study finds: 5 insights

Office-based vasectomies are associated with lower costs than vasectomies performed in ASCs, according to a study published in Urology.

Researchers studied 453,492 men who underwent a vasectomy from 2009 to 2015.

Five takeaways:

1. While 82.6 percent of the procedures were performed in physician offices, 17.4 percent were performed in ASCs.

2. The cost associated with in-office vasectomies was $707, compared to $1,851 in the ASC setting.

3. Patients' out-of-pocket expenses were $173 in the office setting and $356 in ASCs.

4. Submitting vasal segments for pathologic evaluation drove up average payments by about 55 percent.

5. ASC and ancillary pathology service utilization for vasectomies increased costs by $64 million for vasectomies studied.

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