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Economic Impact of Ambulatory Surgery Centers in Oregon: $611.6M

The economic impact of ambulatory surgery centers in the state of Oregon was nearly $611.6 million, according to a report from the Oregon Ambulatory Surgery Center Association.


The state's 85 ASCs employ around 1,760 workers in the state, and total expenditure for all ASCs were $257.6 million. The report concluded Medicare and its beneficiaries shared in more than $2.6 billion in average savings each year due to the lower reimbursement for procedures performed in ASCs. Additionally, private insurers and out-of-pocket payments for patients were lower in the ASC setting.

Other findings in the report on ASCs in Oregon include:

•    93 percent patient satisfaction rate at ASCs
•    Lower infection rate in ASCs than in hospitals
•    Shorter wait times to obtain care in ASCs than hospitals

"Ambulatory surgery centers are truly the leaders in federal and state healthcare reform," said Jesseye Arrambide, RN, BSN, CNOR, president of the OASCA and Executive Director of the Oregon Outpatient Surgery Center in Portland. "By our very design, we are meeting the goal of federal and state healthcare reform, often called the Triple Aim: to deliver better quality care at a lower cost and with higher patient satisfaction."

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