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Analysis: Ambulatory Surgery Centers Reduce Medicare Costs by More than $4 Billion Each Year. - Advanced Heart and Vein

New analysis of Medicare payment data shows that ambulatory surgery centers (ASC) reduced Medicare costs by $28.7 billion from 2011 through 2018 by providing services to beneficiaries that otherwise would have been provided in higher-cost hospital outpatient departments (HOPD), according to the Ambulatory Surgery Center Association (ASCA).

The analysis, conducted by KNG Health Consulting LLC, also shows that, without any policy changes, procedures provided to Medicare patients in ASCs are expected to reduce program costs by an additional $73.4 billion from 2019 to 2028. Study data also shows that Medicare savings per year increased from $3.1 billion in 2011 to $4.2 billion in 2018. They are projected to be more than $12 billion in 2028.

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