Ambulatory Surgery Centers vs. Hospital Outpatient Departments: Same Services, Different Prices

Ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) and hospital outpatient departments (HOPDs) may offer identical services, but they vary in prices.

According to multiple articles and studies, ASCs offer surgical procedures, such as joint replacement, rotator cuff repair, and knee arthroscopy, as well as other services, such as MRIs and injections, at a significantly lower cost than HOPDs.

In fact, outpatient joint replacements performed in an ASC cost 40% less than those performed in a hospital, and other procedures, such as rotator cuff repair and knee arthroscopy, cost over 50% less.

For more information on the differences between ASCs and HOPDs, please visit the following resources below.

Becker’s ASC Review

National Institute for Health Care Reform