Lists of things to watch for in the ambulatory surgery center industry are ubiquitous. Over the last two decades the kinds of surgeries and the number of them done in the ambulatory surgery sector grow. But, some issues seem to last forever and others become the issue de jour and have a life of just months.
Some issues make the 2015 List of Predictions for Ambulatory Surgery Centers based on the study of trends and historical statistics and others are anecdotes and rumors.
Likely Paths in the ASC Industry in 2015
#1 The Practice of Hospitals Scooping Up New Doctors Will Continue
As the ASC marketplace continues to grow and change, the battle between hospitals and Ambulatory Surgery Centers continue. Newly minted physicians are snapped up with generous contracts offered by hospitals enticing doctors to join them.
# 2 High Acuity Helps High Growth
For ASCs seeking growth, the place to look is higher acuity cases that fit into the ASC setting. Adding the right specialists will add more profitable medical procedures. For example, cardiologists add more pacemaker and defibrillator surgeries, Another is spine surgery especially laparoscopic back surgeries that are less invasive, and have shorter and less painful recovery time.
# 3 Patient Safety is Taken Seriously
Patient safety in ASCs is going to have even more importance for those following the Joint Commission and other influential organizations and associations in the industry. Drug safety is at the top of the list.There are many places in the ASC patient care sector that are seeing new scrutiny including; patient identification, labeling of pharmaceuticals, physician encouragement from doctors for patients to follow their prescribing advice and immediately contact them if drugs are causing serious side-effects. Doctors working in the ASC environment make sure of the following:
Within the broad category of patient safety, make room for enhanced infection prevention. Following the recent Ebola fright ASCs are urged to retrain their medical staffs in proper infection control ways. Millions of patients acquire health-associated infections (HAIs) every year most become quite sick and even become fatalities.
#4 ASCs Will Acquire More Advanced Equipment
For Ambulatory Surgical Centers to meet the competition from hospital and other ASCs they must keep up-to-date on equipment, especially minimally invasive tools and systems for procedures such as endoscopy.
Ultrasound is also poised to take off in the ambulatory surgery arena. Many centers are under increasing pressure to meet physician and patient demand for hand-held tools that allow for precise clinical applications requiring point-of-care imaging. Add to the demand for better and newer technology the aging population fueling the need for point-of-care imaging along with an increase in the rates of chronic disease form a perfect storm to bolster the ultrasound market.
#5 ASC Industry Will Continue Ebbing and Flowing With Openings, Mergers and Closings
For the past few years the number of ASC facilities has been static. Some ASC facilities are actively trying to work, formally or informally, with hospitals. Many of the efforts use management companies to strengthen these ties. Just as occurred in the last few years, some centers will open, some will close and some will merge – usually with a hospital.
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