Financial Analysis 2013 - Volume Two - News Release

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PHC4 Releases New Financial Numbers for Ambulatory Surgery Centers

Harrisburg, PA - November 20, 2014 - The number of ambulatory surgery centers in Pennsylvania increased by four in 2013 and the average revenue per visit to an ASC rose 4.8 percent to $1,084, according to a new analysis from the Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council (PHC4).

Other findings of the agency's 2013 Financial Analysis: Volume Two: Ambulatory Surgery Centers report include::

"In FY 2013, ASCs continued a six-year trend of marginal changes in financial margins and the number of ASCs also continued to grow," said Joe Martin, executive director of PHC4.

PHC4's report on ASCs is the second in its Financial Analysis series. Volume One, released in May, reported on the financial health of General Acute Care hospitals.

An ASC is a facility licensed by the Pennsylvania Department of Health that provides specialty or multi-specialty surgical care to patients who do not require overnight hospitalization, but require medical supervision following a procedure. Operating margin is the ratio of operating income to total operating revenue. Total margin is the ratio of total income to total revenue.

PHC4 is an independent state agency that collects, analyzes and reports information that can be used to improve the quality and restrain the cost of health care in Pennsylvania. Copies of Financial Analysis 2013, Volume Two are free and available from PHC4's website at