Surgery center growth expected to continue

The growth rate of ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) in the United States is exceeding that of hospitals and is expected to keep climbing, according to a report from the Health Industry Distributors Association (HIDA) in Alexandria, VA.

"Since 2000, analysts report the number of surgery centers has grown more than 9% each year compared to nearly zero growth for inpatient hospitals, said Adam Korengold, HIDA's director of research, in a prepared statement.

HIDA's 2006-2007 market report includes the top distributed products for ASCs plus national health care and Medicare spending data in ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs). The report also examines the developing ASC market, which accounted for about $11.2 billion of U.S. health care spending in recent years.

"A number of trends are emerging with these centers as health care in the United States evolves, said Korengold. "Among these trends is a new emphasis on private funding of surgery centers and the consolidation of surgery center chains.

The cost of the report is $40 for members and $595 for nonmembers. To order the report, go to www.hida.org and search for "Ambulatory Surgery Center Market Report.