Today’s issue of WorkCompRecap features the release of a pair of WCRI studies centered around Ambulatory Surgery Centers (ASCs). The first study examined 23 states and found that prices paid to ambulatory surgery centers in some states were triple that in others due to price regulation or the absence thereof. Average payments for outpatient surgeries were typically found to be higher in states without fee schedules, and payments in states without fixed amount fee schedules were found to also be less predictable than in states with them. Find out more by clicking here!
The second study looked at how the payments for common workers’ comp surgeries conducted at ASCs compare with those for similar surgeries performed in hospital outpatient settings. WCRI’s findings generally supported the conventional wisdom that ASC surgeries are less expensive than hospital outpatient surgeries, but did find some exceptions. Also of note was that differences and similarities between the two surgical settings often reflected underlying fee schedule regulations. Find out more by clicking here!