CEO of Proliance Surgeons speaks at congressional briefing
The Ambulatory Surgery Center Association presented a study at a Capitol Hill briefing on June 14, 2016. The study found that ASCs reduce outpatient surgery costs for commercially insured patients by $38 billion annually. Dave Fitzgerald, CEO of Proliance Surgeons, spoke during the briefing.
The analysis was conducted by Healthcare Bluebook™, a national provider of quality and cost data for healthcare services in partnership with HealthSmart®, the nation’s largest independent administrator of health plans for self‐funded employers. The Ambulatory Surgery Center Association (ASCA), representing the interests of more than 5,400 outpatient surgery centers, contributed technical assistance and expertise to the study.
Speaking for Healthcare Bluebook, chief executive officer Jeff Rice, said: “The analysis highlights how important it is for both employers and consumers to understand the large differences in local in-network prices. Both the employer and consumer can realize substantial savings by better utilizing the lower cost ASC providers in their existing networks. By using transparency tools like Bluebook, consumers can understand price differences, compare providers and get better value for their healthcare dollar.
William Prentice, chief executive officer of ASCA said, “The physicians and nurses providing care in ambulatory surgery centers, as well as the millions of patients they have treated, have long-known that ASCs provide a high-quality, low-cost site for outpatient procedures. This study is solid evidence that consumers, policymakers, insurers and employers need to take fuller advantage of the exceptional healthcare value offered by ASCs.