Advancing Ambulatory Surgery

The Ambulatory Surgery Center Association (ASCA) assists ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) in delivering safe, high-quality, cost-effective patient care.

Education, Programs & Services

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ASCA 2024 Conference & Expo

Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center, Orlando, FL

Clinical & Operational Benchmarking

2023 Q2 reports now available

Salary & Benefits

2023 reports now available

ASC Focus Magazine - August 2023

ASC Focus Magazine

A members-only print and digital magazine for the ASC community

Digital edition sponsored by

A happy patient with his family

One World Surgery Partnership

ASCA members interested in medical mission opportunities are invited to apply for the ASCA Foundation’s scholarship program.

Enhancing the Patient Experience

ASCA members work at the forefront of the healthcare community to advance the safety, quality and cost-effectiveness of outpatient surgery.

We know our community is making a difference and that's why we provide the resources, education and advocacy to support this mission.

  • No need to visit a hospital
  • Medicare-certified quality
  • Efficient procedure scheduling and performance
  • Drastically reduced patient copays

Patients Pay Less in
Surgery Centers

ASCs see reimbursement rates per procedure that are roughly half that of hospitals. This lower cost is passed on to the patient in the form of lower coinsurance.




Surgery center


Cataract Removal



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Rotator Cuff Repair



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Source: Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) 2022 Procedure Price Lookup Comparison File, Colonoscopy (CPT® 45380), Cataract Removal (CPT® 66984), Rotator Cuff Repair (CPT® 29827)

Surgery Centers
by the Numbers

Medicare-certified ASCs

$  billion/year

Medicare program and beneficiary savings


Total procedures performed


Medicare procedures performed


Medicare cataract surgeries are performed in ASCs


Medicare colonoscopies are performed in ASCs

Source: Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Physician/Supplier Procedure Summary (PSPS) data, 2019 to 2021

Colleen Ramirez, RN, CASC

Chief Administration Officer
Bone and Joint Surgery Center of Novi

“ASCA provides its members with a true community that includes professional development and connectivity. As a member, I am provided with the knowledge and resources to stay on top of the latest trends, regulations and best practices for ASCs, all while gaining personal growth in my profession.”

ASCA Connect, a Community for Surgery Center Professionals

ASCA member conversations happening now

  • Hey all! was wondering what people use to do the terminal cleaning of their procedure rooms. after cases and at end of the day, our staff here at our Endoscopy Center use a spray mop to clean the floors. we have tried so many products and they all ... Read more

  • Hi. I was wondering if anyone has survey readiness checklists for the OR and SDS in an ASC? If so, would you be willing to share? ------------------------------ Brenda Gregg BSN RN CAIP Infection Prevention/Quality Consultant McKay Dee Surgical Center ... Read more

  • Hi Everyone, Does anyone have a disaster drill form that they are willing to share Thank you Andrea ------------------------------ Andrea Stahl ------------------------------ Read more

  • I'm interested in learning what other facilities have in place for pre-op education for total joints. I'm looking at our current system, and am looking to expand on it, specifically to address at home needs immediately post surgical. Any thoughts or ideas ... Read more