Operating costs vary widely in MGMA survey

Per-case costs range up to $1,430

In ambulatory surgery survey results recently released by the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) with the American Association of Ambulatory Surgery Centers (AAASC), total operating cost per case varied from $343.49 for single specialty — gastroenterology centers to $1,430.88 for orthopedic surgery centers. (For excerpted results, including multispecialty centers, see chart.)

In addition to detailed cost data sorted by single specialty and multispecialty centers, the report sorts results by number of cases performed at centers.

The report is "a fantastic tool for improving the business of running your center," says Craig Jeffries, executive director of AAASC. "Each ASC has different needs/problems, and the report gives them a tool that helps address their unique issue."

Out of 1,117 surveys that were mailed, there were 166 responses, for a gross response rate of 15.87%. The respondents included 83 physicians, 74 joint ventures of several organizations, five hospital/integrated delivery systems, and one ASC management company.

Readers interested in purchasing Ambulatory Survey Center Performance Survey should call toll-free (877) 275-6462, ext. 888, or go to www.mgma.com. Click on "Store" and then "New releases." The cost of the report is $210 for MGMA members and $365 for nonmembers, plus $7.50 for shipping and handling.