Outpatient surgery centers in Pennsylvania grew by 13 to 177 between June 2004 and May 2005, while the number of diagnostic and surgical procedures performed in fiscal 2004 tripled since 2000, according to a new report. The Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council said ambulatory surgery centers remained highly profitable with an average statewide total margin of nearly 19% during 2004, up 3.2 percentage points. Although growth was not as brisk as in the prior year, when 38 new facilities opened, it still reflected an ongoing shift toward outpatient surgery, officials said. Some 21% of all outpatient diagnostic and surgical procedures in Pennsylvania in 2004 were performed at freestanding surgery centers, according to the report. Read the council's news release. -- by Cinda Becker
Pa. data show ongong trend toward outpatient surgery
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