Becker's Healthcare March 23, 2023
Riz Hatton

While hospitals continue to close service lines, a window of opportunity appears to be opening for ASCs.

Leopoldo Rodriguez, MD, chair of the American Society of Anesthesiologists’ committee on ambulatory surgical care, connected with Becker’s to discuss how ASCs are affected by hospitals closing service lines.

Note: This response has been lightly edited for length and clarity.

Dr. Leopoldo Rodriguez: Hospitals are closing some service lines due to a lack of staffing, supply chain problems or lack of profitability. So hospitals must concentrate resources on lines of service they have an advantage on, for example, high-level spine surgery, neurosurgery, vascular, cardiovascular surgery, electrophysiologic labs and robotic surgery, which may be too costly for ASCs. Patients still need the procedure performed....

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