Eye Surgeries Continue to Shift to Surgery Centers

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A new study from the University of Michigan Kellogg Eye Center finds that eye surgeries continue to move from hospitals to ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs). Cataract, cornea, glaucoma and strabismus surgeries all showed an increased utilization at ASCs between 2001 and 2014. In just over a decade, the percentage of cataract surgeries performed at surgery centers increased from 43.6 percent to 73 percent.

The study, published November 22 in JAMA Ophthalmology, suggests that ambulatory surgery centers are preferable to hospital-based care because of “convenience, lower out-of-pocket costs for patients and decreased cost-per-case for insurers.” To read the full article, click here.