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Q: Outpatient Facilities - US ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   0 Comments )
Subject: Outpatient Facilities - US
Category: Health > Conditions and Diseases
Asked by: jess05-ga
List Price: $20.00
Posted: 19 Oct 2005 10:24 PDT
Expires: 18 Nov 2005 09:24 PST
Question ID: 582175
Can someone please tell me how many outpatient surgical facilities
there are in the United States?

Request for Question Clarification by hummer-ga on 19 Oct 2005 11:33 PDT
Hi jess05,

Please let me know if this is what you are looking for.

621493 Freestanding Ambulatory Surgical and Emergency Centers
This U.S. industry comprises establishments with physicians and other
medical staff primarily engaged in (1) providing surgical services
(e.g., orthoscopic and cataract surgery) on an outpatient basis or (2)
providing emergency care services (e.g., setting broken bones,
treating lacerations, or tending to patients suffering injuries as a
result of accidents, trauma, or medical conditions necessitating
immediate medical care) on an outpatient basis. Outpatient surgical
establishments have specialized facilities, such as operating and
recovery rooms, and specialized equipment, such as anesthetic or X-ray

Freestanding ambulatory surgical & emergency centers 	
2002 	2,402

621493 Freestanding ambulatory surgical & emergency centers 
Taxable 2,089 	
Exempt    313

Freestanding ambulatory surgical & emergency centers  
2001 	1,948
2000 	1,826
1999 	1,791
1998 	1,834

Will look forward to your reply,

Request for Question Clarification by pafalafa-ga on 19 Oct 2005 13:45 PDT
I came across an industry source that puts the current number of
outpatient surgical facilities in the US at more than 4,000.

The difference between their number and the Census numbers that
hummer-ga cited may have to do with the definition of "freestanding"
used by Census.  Perhaps the industry numbers include facilities that
aren't regarded as freestanding.

Let us know what you think.


Clarification of Question by jess05-ga on 19 Oct 2005 14:13 PDT
Thank you for the information. I think the 4,000 number sounds more
accurate and agree that it may have something to do with the
definition of "freestanding." I would really appreciate a source for
the 4,000 number.

Request for Question Clarification by bobbie7-ga on 19 Oct 2005 14:17 PDT
Hi Jess05!

According to Idaho Falls Surgical Center there are 3,644 Outpatient
Surgical Centers in America today - a 50% increase since 1996.


Clarification of Question by jess05-ga on 19 Oct 2005 14:33 PDT
This is great info everyone! Thank you for your help. Please see my
next posted question for the same information worldwide.
Subject: Re: Outpatient Facilities - US
Answered By: pafalafa-ga on 19 Oct 2005 14:34 PDT
Rated:5 out of 5 stars

Thanks for getting back to me on this.

According to The Federated Ambulatory Surgery Association there are
more than 4,000 ambulatory (outpatient) surgery centers in the US:

Q. How long have outpatient surgery centers been in existence?

A. The first ASC opened in 1970. Today more than 8 million surgeries
are performed each year in the more than 4,000 surgery centers across
the United States.

The number appears to have trended upward in recent years, from the
low-3,000 range:
An ambulatory surgery center or "ASC" is a health care facility that
specializes in providing surgery services in an outpatient setting.
...In the United States, over six million surgeries a year are
performed in approximately 3,300 ASC's across the United States.
...There are 3,644 Outpatient Surgical Centers in America today - a
50% increase since 1996. [thanks bobbie7-ga]
ASCs vs. Hospitals

...Today, there is a total of about 3,800 single-specialty and
multispecialty ASCs in the United States, Of these, about 700 to 800
are operated as ophthalmology-only centers.

It's difficult to always know exactly what dates are being referenced
by the above cites, but from the context of the pages, the data appear
to represent a recent increasing trend in the number of ASC's in the

I trust this information fully meets your needs.

However, please do not rate this answer if you find you need
additional information.  Just post a Request for Clarification, and
I'm at your service.



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"2100..100000 asc" ambulatory
jess05-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars and gave an additional tip of: $5.00
Thank you pafalafa! This information is exactly what I needed.

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