5 insights into outpatient joint surgery in ASCs

Here are five insights into outpatient joint surgery performed in ASCs:

1. Here's what CMS pays for six orthopedic procedures at ASCs vs. HOPDs
CMS released a new tool allowing patients to compare the average payment of select procedures in hospital outpatient departments and ASCs. The Procedure Price Lookup Tool shows the national averages for the amount Medicare pays an ASC or hospital, as well as the national average copayment amount a patient without Medicare supplemental insurance owes in each setting.

2. Arthroplasty procedures can be performed safely in an ASC
Research published in the Journal of Arthroplasty examined and compared the safety and outcomes of outpatient and inpatient joint arthroplasty at an ASC and a hospital.

3. Three key reasons total knee replacements are migrating to the ASC setting
There are a variety of reasons why total knee replacements are becoming outpatient procedures, including payment models that push the risk to providers. These models encourage cost reductions and better outcomes.

3. Three insights on the economics and trends driving joint replacements to ASCs
Jim Ballard, MD, and Chris Nanson, MD, the physician partners at the Beaverton-based Oregon Surgical Institute, an orthopedic ASC focused on total joint replacement, spine and pain management, discussed what's driving total joint replacement to the ASC setting with Westchester, Ill.-based Regent Surgical Health.

4. Three ways collaboration can help outpatient total joint programs achieve success
ASCs are constantly striving to improve patient satisfaction, while confronting inventory limitations and avoiding complications. Strategic collaborations can help ASCs overcome these obstacles in the outpatient setting.

5. Outpatient shoulder surgery at ASCs is safe for Medicare patients
Research published in the Journal of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons examined the safety of outpatient shoulder surgery performed at ASCs for patients ages 65 and older.

More articles on orthopedics and TJR:
1 year, 2.7K outpatient surgeries: How Michigan Orthopaedic Surgeons is capitalizing on the shift to outpatient surgery
Dr. Alejandro Badia, founder & CMO of OrthoNOW discusses outpatient orthopedic surgery in ASCs
Quality of recovery similar in outpatient, inpatient total knee arthroplasty surgery: 4 study insights

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