Financial Analysis 2021 – Volume Two – News Release

Contact: Barry D. Buckingham
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Harrisburg, PA - October 13, 2022 - New figures released today by the Pennsylvania Healthcare Cost Containment Council (PHC4) show that the average total margin for Ambulatory Surgery Centers (ASCs) increased 1.61 percentage points, from 23.36% in fiscal year (FY) 2020 to 24.97% in FY21. Statewide the average operating margin for ASCs increased 1.58 percentage points, from 22.29% in FY20 to 23.87% in FY21. The Financial Analysis 2021 Volume Two report presents financial information on Pennsylvania’s ASCs.

“Our data indicates that Pennsylvania’s ambulatory surgery centers experienced positive margins in fiscal year 2021.” said Barry D. Buckingham, Executive Director for the Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council (PHC4). “Ambulatory surgery centers play a vital role in the overall delivery of cost-effective healthcare in Pennsylvania.”

Report highlights:

PHC4’s report on ambulatory surgery centers is the second in its three-part Financial Analysis series. Volume One, released in June 2022, 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.