Outpatient is the Future of Total Joint Replacement
Ambulatory Surgery Centers are Paving the Way
Elective outpatient hip and knee replacements increased by 47 percent from 2012 to 2015, according to a study by Sg2. This insight is an early indicator that total joint replacements (TJR) are becoming more common in the Ambulatory Surgery Center (ASC) setting as a higher number of surgeons become experts on minimally invasive technology and pain management techniques for outpatient procedures.
Total joint surgeries moving toward outpatient can also be attributed to:
- The transition to value-based care since ASCs are a high quality, low cost option
- Insurance companies are more willing to cover outpatient TJRs
- Studies show that patients who fit a particular criteria can achieve desired results in the outpatient setting
In this month’s newsletter, we’re peeling back the TJR outpatient trends, cost analysis, and how ASCs are taking a driver’s seat in the total joint arena.