tci Outpatient Facility Coding Alert - 2017 Issue 5

Do Your Surgeons Know Their Case Costs? Survey Says 'No.'

Case costs may point to opportunity to save money. Orthopedics is a profitable specialty for ASCs, but it’s time to start thinking about how your center can perform these procedures more profitably. “Although more dependent on commercial payers than say, ophthalmology, orthopedic procedures tend to have high reimbursement, and bring larger case volumes,” notes Sarah L. Goodman, MBA, CHCAF, COC, CCP, FCS, president of the consulting firm SLG, Inc., in Raleigh, N.C. The largest cost of a TJR is the implant, and the incentive to use a less expensive device can be significant, especially when...

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