The Impact of Freestanding Ambulatory Surgery Centers on Rural Community Hospital Performance, 1997-2006. UMRHRC Policy Brief.

Publication Date: December 3rd, 2010
Publication Type(s): Policy Brief
Author(s): Gregg, W., Wholey, D., Moscovice, I.

This study uses a retrospective analysis of data on rural hospital, ASC, and market characteristics for the years 1997 through 2006 to assess the impact of freestanding ASCs on rural hospital performance. Ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) are defined by Medicare as distinct entities operating exclusively to furnish outpatient surgical services to patients who do not require hospitalization and do not require more than a 24-hour length of stay.

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