Spinal fusions at HOPDs increase after CMS approval for ASCs
By Admin | January 07, 2022
Outpatient cervical and lumbar fusions jumped at hospital-outpatient departments after CMS approved the procedures for ASCs while the procedure rate had little or no growth in surgery centers.
Optum teamed with Advisory Board to examine how CMS approval of procedures in ASCs shifted where surgeons performed procedures. The researchers found that procedures typically shifted outpatient slowly, and HOPD use increased at a higher rate than ASCs.
The report found that cervical fusions were up 26 percent in HOPDs and 1 percent in ASCs, according to Optum's deidentified Clinformatics Data Mart Database. CMS data also showed that cervical fusions for Medicare beneficiaries were up 13 percent in HOPDs and 1 percent in...(More)
For more info please read, Spinal fusions at HOPDs increase after CMS approval for ASCs, Becker's Spine Review