Surgery Center Network - Choice in Outpatient Care

Hospital or ASC... What's the Difference?

The decision about where to have your surgery conducted is a personal one. When considering your options, it’s important to understand some of the differences between an Ambulatory Surgery Center (ASC) and hospital or hospital-based facility. Here are a few factors to consider:

Cost: The cost of a procedure at an ASC is typically 45-60% less than a hospital setting, but sometimes as high as 80-90% less.

Patient Satisfaction: Patient surveys reveal a 92% satisfaction rate with both the care and service they receive from ASCs. Patients rate hospitals with a 70% high satisfaction rate following a hospital surgery procedure.

Ownership: Most ASCs are physician-owned, which allows for maximum professional control over the clinical environment and the quality of care delivered to patients.

Specialization: ASCs are able to focus on a specialized number of procedures, allowing physicians to design an environment that optimizes their ability to provide a high-quality, patient-centered surgical experience.

Scheduling: ASCs can exercise better control over scheduling, so virtually no procedures are delayed or rescheduled due to unforeseen factors such as emergency room demands.

Timeliness: At least 70% of surgeries in an ASC start within seven minutes of their scheduled time. Additionally, 77% of ASC cases are finished within the scheduled time, compared to 38% at a hospital facility.

Infection Rates: All Medicare-certified ASCs must comply with an extensive set of infection prevention standards that are monitored at each ASC daily and evaluated by external inspectors. ASCs have an excellent track record of providing safe patient care, and as a result ASCs experience only one surgical site infection per 1,000 patients on average. Estimated national average of surgical site infection rates at hospital facilities is around 2% (or 20 per 1,000 patients).