Becker's Healthcare December 6, 2023
Patsy Newitt

ASC leaders are becoming increasingly frustrated with the reimbursement disparity between hospital outpatient departments and surgery centers.

Here are 10 key considerations on HOPDs and ASCs:

1. Common medical procedures can cost as much as 58% more when they take place at HOPDs when compared to a physician office or ASC, according to an analysis by Blue Health Intelligence, the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association’s data analytics company.

2. Colonoscopy screenings cost 32% more in a hospital than in an ASC, according to the Blue Cross Blue Shield analysis. Diagnostic colonoscopies cost 58% more and cataract surgery costs 56% more.

3. In February, lawmakers reintroduced legislation that aims to close reimbursement gaps between HOPDs and ASCs. The bill would...

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