Ambulatory Surgery Centers in the US Industry Market Research Report Now Available from IBISWorld

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While many industries in the United States faced tumultuous conditions as a result of the recession, Ambulatory Surgery Centers thrived because of efficient cost structures and the centers’ increasing ability to treat patient needs. For these reasons, industry research firm IBISWorld has added a report on the Ambulatory Surgery Centers industry to its growing industry report collection.

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Industry growth will accelerate due to legislation and improving economic conditions.

The Ambulatory Surgery Centers industry comprises establishments that provide surgical and emergency care services on an outpatient basis. This includes the provision of services such as orthoscopic, cataract surgery and setting broken bones. Ambulatory Surgery Centers (ASCs) have specialized facilities and equipment ranging from operating and recovery rooms to anesthetics and X-ray equipment.

According to IBISWorld Industry Analyst Jeremy Edwards, “Over the past five years, the Ambulatory Surgery Centers (ASC) industry has grown rapidly in the midst of difficult economic conditions.” While many industries in the United States faced tumultuous conditions, ASCs thrived because of efficient cost structures and the increasing ability of centers to treat patient needs. New technological advancements, such as laparoscopic surgery and improvements to anesthesia, have driven industry growth because patients can be processed more quickly than ever before. However, industry growth was mitigated by a decreasing number of Americans with private healthcare. The number of people with private healthcare is expected to fall over the five years through 2013, as a result of plunging employment in 2008 and 2009. The industry received some assistance from the federal government as many individuals became eligible for Medicaid. Overall, the industry is projected to grow over the five years through 2013. In 2013, industry revenue is expected to increase, as ASCs increase their service offerings and the number of Americans with private health insurance grows.

The Ambulatory Surgery Centers industry operates with a low level of market share concentration. In 2013, the four largest ambulatory surgery centers (i.e. AmSurg Corporation, Surgical Care Affiliates LLC, United Surgical Partners International and Surgery Partners) are expected to generate more than 10.0% of the industry's total revenue (see IBISWorld report OD5971 for major player market shares). However, the industry has increasingly consolidated, with merger and acquisition activity and the number of partnerships increasing rapidly over the five-year period. For example, according to Becker's ASC Review, three large industry-specific acquisitions occurred in 2011. In January of that year, Surgery Partners acquired NovaMed, while in September 2011 AmSurg acquired National Surgical Care. Moreover, in October 2011, United Surgical Partners International acquired Titan Health Corporation.

Looking ahead, “industry growth is expected to accelerate over the next five years because of legislation and improving economic conditions,” says Edwards. The introduction of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) will extend healthcare to a number of Americans, which will hasten increasing demand for ASCs. The introduction of the PPACA in 2014 is forecast to boost revenue by a significant amount in 2014 alone. Furthermore, although adults aged 60 and older will remain the largest market for the industry, individuals aged 20 to 39 are expected to make up a larger proportion of industry revenue due to the introduction of wider healthcare. Additionally, a higher number of Americans are also expected to have access to healthcare through employer plans, as the national unemployment rate falls. Consequently, industry revenue is expected to grow over the five years through 2018.

For more information, visit IBISWorld’s Ambulatory Surgery Centers in the US industry report page.

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IBISWorld industry Report Key Topics

The Ambulatory Surgery Centers industry provides surgical services such as orthoscopic and cataract surgery. Industry operators also provide emergency care services, including setting broken bones, treating lacerations and tending to patients who have suffered injuries, due to accidents or trauma. Services are provided on an outpatient basis and firms are required to have specialized facilities, such as operating and recovery rooms, as well as pertinent equipment (i.e. anesthesia and X-ray machines).

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