10 Facts and Figures About General Surgery in Surgery Centers

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Here are 10 points on general surgery in ambulatory surgery centers, according to various sources.

1. General surgery represents 8 percent of case volume in all facilities, tied with ENT.

2. Average gross charges per general surgery case is $5,534.

3. Average net revenue per general surgery case is $1,545.

4. Average compensation for general surgeons is $360,595.

5. General surgeons in single-specialty groups are compensated less highly than general surgeons in multi-specialty groups, at $322,498 compared to $338,686.

6. In surgery centers with 3-4 ORs, average net revenue per case is $1,718, higher than in centers with fewer or more ORs.

7. ASCs in the southwest United States perform the highest percentage of general surgery cases, at 12 percent of total case volume.

8. ASCs in the southwest United States make the most money on individual general surgery cases, at $2,133 in average net revenue per case.

9. Average general surgeon retirement benefits are $23,138, around the same as benefits for ophthalmologists ($23,138).

10. Reimbursement rates for some common general procedures — adjacent tissue transfer or rearrangement (CPT 14060), breast biopsy (CPT 19101), excision of breast lesion (CPT 19120) and repair inguinal hernia, age 5 years and over (CPT 49505) — have increased in the last few years.

Sources:
1-3: VMG Health's Multi-Specialty ASC Intellimarker 2010
4-5: MGMA's Physician Compensation and Production Survey
5-8: VMG Health's Multi-Specialty ASC Intellimarker 2010
9: MGMA's Physician Compensation and Production Survey
10: National Surgical Care's Trends in ASC Reimbursement

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