Ambulatory Surgery Center Association Briefs Congress on Innovations in Outpatient Surgical Care



Alexandria, VA, September 30, 2015 –Members of the ambulatory surgery center (ASC) community shared information about ways that ASCs are driving innovation in health care and saving billions for patients and payers during a Capitol Hill briefing hosted by the Ambulatory Surgery Center Association (ASCA) in Washington, DC, today.

“ASCs have, for years, pioneered advances in health care, and continue to be at the forefront of health care innovation,” said William Prentice, chief executive officer of ASCA. “From improving patient outcomes to curbing surgical costs to reducing wait times, ASCs are indispensable in our health care system. Policymakers must ensure that patients have improved access to the vital services ASCs provide.”

“Total joint replacements are just one example of how ambulatory surgery centers are transforming the same-day surgical experience for patients,” said Craig McAllister, MD, partner of Proliance Surgeons in Seattle, Washington, chief medical officer for the SwiftPath program, and head of joint replacement at EvergreenHealth in Kirkland, Washington. “ASCs across the country are making our health care system smarter and more patient-focused, even as they continue to generate savings for patients, insurers and the Medicare program.”

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The Ambulatory Surgery Center Association (ASCA) is the national membership association that represents ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) of all specialties and provides advocacy and resources to assist ASCs in delivering high quality, cost-effective ambulatory surgery to all the patients they serve.

Proliance Surgeons is one of the largest surgical practices in the country, with 220 physicians specializing in orthopedics, ear, nose and throat, ophthalmology, plastic and reconstructive surgery and general surgery with more than 55 percent of these surgeries performed in its ambulatory surgery centers. The practice includes surgeons who perform total joint replacement surgeries, a procedure that used to require expensive overnight hospital stays.