Ambulatory Surgical Centers

As you know, an ambulatory surgery center (ASC) is a health care facility that specializes in providing surgery and diagnostic services in an outpatient setting. When patients are referred appropriately to in-network ASCs, health care costs can be reduced, as shown below.

ProcedureOutpatient HospitalAmbulatory Surgery CenterPotential Savings
Cataract Removal $5,390 $2,299 57%
Diagnostic Colonoscopy $2,353 $1,120 52%
Esophagogastroduodenoscopy With Biopsy $2,945 $1,085 63%
Laminotomy (Hemilaminectomy) $10,003 $6,356 36%
Repair Initial Inguinal Hernia $6,417 $2,903 55%
Surgical Arthroscopy (knee) $7,013 $3,769 46%
Surgical Arthroscopy (Shoulder) $13,345 $9,081 32%
Surgical Hysteroscopy $5,082 $1,681 67%
Tonsillectomy and Adenoidectomy $4,609 $2,078 55%
Tympanostomy $4,184 $2,059 51%
This information does not take into account the severity of a patient's illness. Costs are based on average CareFirst member's costs in 2016 and may not represent your patient's actual cost of care for the same services.

CareFirst offers a wide range of accredited Ambulatory Surgery Centers that are appropriate in various clinical situations. To find an in-network facility or other network provider, use our Find a Provider search.