Michigan ambulatory surgery centers, or ASCs, are facilities where surgeries that do not require hospital admission are performed.ASCs are notrural health clinics, urgent care centers, or physicians’ offices.ASCs treat only patients who have already seen a health care provider and selected surgery as the appropriate treatment for their condition.
Small Businesses in Your Community
Michigan ASCs are small entrepreneurial businesses that benefit Michigan communities by providing access to reasonably priced surgical care, but also by contributing to the local property and income tax bases and providing service and contributions to community charities.ASCs are family friendly employers that offer flexible work schedules, and good health and retirement benefits to their trained staffs.Michigan ASCs provide over 2,000 direct jobs in Michigan.
Ambulatory Surgery Centers are a Good Choice for Many Reasons
The high level of professionalism, quality and safety Michigan ASCs offer is an important reason patients and physicians choose ASCs for surgical procedures.Low infection rates, high satisfaction, and lower costs are among the reasons patients choose Michigan ASCs.ASCs typically cost less than hospitals for the same procedures, saving the patients a significant amount of money. Physicians choose Michigan ASCs because of the low infection rate, quick room turnover, high patient satisfaction, and efficient boarding and scheduling.
Ambulatory Surgery Centers are positive for the Michigan Economy
By providing high-quality health care and excellent service, Michigan ASCs save patients and insurers money.Medicare and its beneficiaries pay an average 54% more for a procedure performed in a hospital outpatient department than they would pay for the same procedure if performed in a Michigan ASC.Some procedures need to be done in the hospital, but many don’t.That’s why Michigan ASCs are positive for the Michigan economy - they provide a high quality, lower cost alternative for Michiganders.
Tell Your Congressman and Senator to Support the "ASC Quality and Access Act of 2011"
Last year, Congress failed to convince the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) to adjust the ASC reimbursement index from the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) to the Hospital Market Basket Index. This caused Medicare reimbursements for ASCs to be set at 56 percent of the amount paid to hospital outpatient departments (HOPDs) for performingthe sameprocedures. Since 2003, the difference between ASC and HOPD reimbursements has grown significantly. In 2003, Medicare paid hospitals 16 percent more, on average, than they paid ASCs. Today, Medicare pays hospitals about 75 percent more than the ASCs for outpatient procedures. “The Ambulatory Surgical Center Quality and Access Act”(H.R. 2108/S.1173)will establish parity and balance by providing ASCs with the same market basket update that HOPDs receive. It will also ensure that Medicare continues to save money while rewarding ASCs for their unique cost-effectiveness by requiring CMS to implement a value-based purchasing (VBP) program. This program would create an incentive for ASCs and the government to work together to move clinically appropriate services out of the HOPD, to the ASC, which would generate savings in the Medicare system. Part of these savings would be returned to Medicare and a portion would be used to establish a bonus pool for ASCs that save the Medicare system money. With your support, we can make a strong push to win passage of this vital legislation and provide ASCs the reimbursement they deserve. Please do your part and help ensure that ASCs are reimbursed equitably for the services they provide that they can continue providing the highest quality surgical care to their patients while saving Medicare billions of dollars. Draft a brief message to your Members of Congress asking them to cosponsor and vote to pass H.R. 2108 /S.1173.