tci Outpatient Facility Coding Alert - 2017 Issue 3

HOPD/ASC Trends: Understand How Your Patient Demographics Affect Your Services, Payment

Burdensome HDHPs, migrating physicians—and more—in 2 national studies. Taking a macro view—rather than a micro view—of who’s using your hospital outpatient department or ambulatory (free-standing) surgery center and for what services is a great way to gauge how you measure up compared to other centers, help you understand more about your patients and their needs, and could serve as useful market research as you think about budgeting and growth. In 2011, the focus year of a recently-released study, there were 125.7 million patient visits to outpatient departments in the US, with the highest...

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