Financial Analysis 2016 – Volume Two – News Release

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Harrisburg, PA - September 26, 2017 - New figures released today by the Pennsylvania Healthcare Cost Containment Council (PHC4) show that total margins for Pennsylvania’s ambulatory surgery centers have decreased only 0.16 percentage points from the prior year. The latest financial figures reported by Pennsylvania’s Ambulatory Surgery Centers (ASCs) for fiscal year 2016 (FY16) dipped slightly. The average total margin decreased to 25.61% from 25.77% over the previous year; and the average operating margin decreased to 25.35% from 25.62% in the previous year.

“This report presents financial information on Pennsylvania’s ambulatory surgery centers. PHC4 produces a series of reports measuring the financial health of Pennsylvania’s hospitals and ambulatory surgery centers,” said Joe Martin, executive director of PHC4. “The information in the report reveals that the total number of ASCs operating in Pennsylvania has remained unchanged at 286 facilities and the statewide average operating and total margins have only changed slightly over the past several years.” said Martin.

PHC4’s report on ambulatory surgery centers is the second in its three-part Financial Analysis series. Volume One, released in April 2017, reported on the financial health of general acute care hospitals. Volume Three, to be released later this year, will focus on non-general acute care hospitals (rehabilitation, psychiatric, long-term acute care and specialty hospitals).

The Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council is an independent state agency charged with collecting, analyzing and reporting information that can be used to improve the quality and restrain the cost of health care in Pennsylvania.