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Could ambulatory surgical centers help bend the cost curve in US health care?

06:48 EST 1 Dec 2016 | Medical Xpress

U.S. healthcare costs have more than tripled since the 1960s1. Nearly one of every five dollars of national expenses1,2 are spent on health care. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA)—signed into law in 2010—aims to decrease healthcare delivery costs, improve quality and value of care, and improve population health. New research, published in the Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (JAAOS), looked at one of the ACA's newer tactics. Could greater use of ambulatory surgical centers (ASC) create cost savings and improve care for outpatient surgical bone and joint procedures compared to costs at a university-based hospital (UH)?

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