The American Association of Orthopaedic
Surgeons (AAOS) supports the rights of all patients to receive high quality,
efficient health care. Specialty hospitals provide high quality services in the
communities in which they are established. AAOS supports the development of
specialty hospitals and encourages physicians and non-physicians to invest in
the continued quality improvement of health care in their community.
An Ambulatory Surgical Center (ASC) exclusively
furnishes outpatient surgical services. The number of ASCs has grown because of
rapid advances in technology and medicine. AAOS believes that many procedures
that were previously performed only in the hospital inpatient setting can now
be safely performed in ASCs. ASCs have also grown because they offer numerous
benefits to the patient and the orthopaedic surgeon.
The AAOS believes that many surgical procedures
can be better performed in ASCs. ASCs provide a benefit to both patients and
orthopaedic surgeons because many musculoskeletal surgical procedures can be
provided in an efficient, cost-effective manner. ASCs can improve the quality
of care received by the patient and delivered by the physician. As such, AAOS
believes the growth and development of ASCs must not be hampered by restrictive
payment or coverage policies from either Medicare or other private payers.
In addition, AAOS believes that Certificate of
Need laws should be repealed to foster healthy competition among all health
care facilities, including specialty hospitals. Such competition will result in
improved patient access and quality of care.