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March 2019

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Investigations Raise Oversight Concerns at Surgery Centers

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Ambulatory surgery centers perform millions of outpatient surgeries a year, most with little complication. However, new investigations are raising concerns about lax reporting and regulation at some of these centers. Routine procedures such as tonsillectomies or colonoscopies have resulted in devastating and sometimes fatal consequences for patients. You should know why this is happening and what you can do to reduce the chance of complications from an outpatient surgery.
 

BY THE NUMBERS

Over 50%

Over half of all outpatient surgeries in 2014 were performed at an ambulatory surgery center, up from only 32 percent in 2005. 


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Take Care: Surgery Centers in America

Investigators, patients and families talk about how routine procedures performed at a surgery center became a medical nightmare.
 

THE DOCKET

ACCREDITED SURGERY CENTERS

Here is a list of the approved surgery center accrediting organizations from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS).
 

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