Ambulatory Surgeries Performed in Hospital-Owned Facilities

High-Volume Invasive, Therapeutic Ambulatory Surgeries Performed in Hospital-Owned Facilities, a statistical brief from the Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project, presents statistics on the 20 most common major ambulatory surgeries performed in hospital-owned facilities.

Major ambulatory surgeries are defined as selected invasive, therapeutic surgical procedures that typically require the use of an operating room and regional anesthesia, general anesthesia, or sedation.

Highlights:

  • In 2016, 13.6 million major ambulatory surgeries were performed in hospital-owned facilities.
  • Lens and cataract procedures were the most common, accounting for 10.1 percent of all major ambulatory surgeries.
  • Six surgeries related to the musculoskeletal system, including muscle, tendon, and soft tissue operating room procedures, constituted 22.2 of all major ambulatory surgeries.
  • For 11 out of the 20 top major ambulatory surgeries, patients aged 45-64 years accounted for a higher percentage of surgeries than did any other age group.
  • The rate of top 20 major ambulatory surgeries was higher for females than for males.
  • In 2016, 47.0 percent of the 20 most common major ambulatory surgeries performed in hospital-owned facilities were billed to private insurance, and 31.3 percent were billed to Medicare.
  • Most of the top 20 major ambulatory surgeries were performed in facilities owned by hospitals in the Midwest and the South and in urban areas.
  • Large hospitals (300+ beds) and private not-for-profit hospitals accounted for the highest percentages of the top 20 major ambulatory surgeries in 2016.

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Page last reviewed September 2019
Page originally created September 2019
Internet Citation: Ambulatory Surgeries Performed in Hospital-Owned Facilities. Content last reviewed September 2019. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. https://www.ahrq.gov/news/hcup-statbrief.html
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