WNY Medical Management seeks approval for ASC, despite hospital protests — 6 insights

Buffalo, N.Y.-based WNY Medical Management's request to the New York Public Health and Health Planning Council to construct a multispecialty ASC in Williamsville, N.Y., is being met with objections from two hospital systems.

Here's what you should know.

1. WNY Medical Management currently operates a pain management ASC in Buffalo. The group would like to construct a multispecialty clinic in Williamsville to provide patients with general surgery, orthopedic and otolaryngology services. The group is unable to expand its existing space.

2. The center would be 11,650 square feet and have three operating rooms, one procedure room, four preoperative areas and eleven postoperative areas.

3. The center would cost $3.27 million and WNY projects the center would perform 3,948 procedures the first year it is operational. The center would be physician owned.

4. Buffalo-based Kaleida Health and Buffalo-based Erie County Medical Center submitted letters to the council in opposition of the center. Kaleida Health opposes the project because, "they do not believe it will enhance access to services by patients, including those in rural communities or medically underserved groups. As a member of the Millennium Collaborative Care PPS, they oppose the application because the application is not collaborating with their PPS."

5. Erie Health echoed Kaleida Health's initial comments but added they fear the new center will negatively affect their bottom line.

6. The council is expected to approve the project Nov. 16. They said, "Both Kaleida Health and ECMC have experienced decreases in ambulatory surgery cases over the past several years. However, the declines have been seen across payers and appear to be the result of the general change from hospital based services to community based services. Additionally, the fact that the applicant is not part of the Millennium Collaborative Care PPS is not a basis for denying the application."

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