ASCs are an integral part of the health care system, providing critical access to surgical and diagnostic care, including preventive services. Currently, ASCs provide about 40% of all outpatient surgeries and more than 22 million procedures in more than 5,200 Medicare-certified ASCs across the United States.
ASCs that have sponsored Open House Day events in the past have hosted community health fairs, tours of their facilities, special media briefings and much more in recognition of the day. Thanks to these events, thousands who knew little or nothing about ASCs before have learned about the many benefits ASCs offer their patients and communities. Some who participated are now among the industry’s strongest advocates.
“Almost anytime someone steps inside an ASC for the first time and sees firsthand the kind of sophisticated care and personalized service patients receive there, they leave with a new understanding of what is possible in the US health care system today,” says ASCA Board Chair David Shapiro, MD. “At this time, when health reform, access to care, and the quality of care patients receive are the focus of so much attention across the country; educating as many people as possible about the benefits ASCs provide is critical to the future of the industry.”