Medicare saved $8.8M by shifting colonoscopies to Tennessee ASCs: 3 quick facts

Medicare accrued a substantial amount of savings by moving colonoscopies to Tennessee ASCs, according to Ambulatory Surgery Center Association 2014 data.

Here are three quick notes:

1. In 2014, Medicare saved $8.8 million by patients undergoing colonoscopies at Tennessee ASCs.

2. The program saved $5 million-plus by shifting upper GI procedures to surgery centers in the state.

3. Nearly three years ago, Medicare accrued savings of $26 million by having Tennessee ASCs perform cataract procedures.

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