Becker's Healthcare November 29, 2022
Patsy Newitt

As procedures migrate to the outpatient setting, ASC leaders are seeing cardiology and orthopedics as huge opportunities for growth. 

Cardiology procedures received the highest estimated Medicare payment increases in 2021, making it the fastest growing ASC specialty, according to Avanza’s “2022 Key ASC Benchmarks and Industry Figures” report. Orthopedics is the most common specialty for ASCs in 2022, according to March data from the ASC Association.

“As CMS allows more procedures to be performed in centers, it gives centers the option to be open for more procedures,” Catherine Retzbach, BSN, RN, director of ASC operations at Marlton, N.J.-based Virtua Health, told Becker’s. “Cardiology and spine procedures offer patients more options to have procedures be performed in a high-quality, low-cost environment.”


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