Outpatient Surgery Cases Growing Substantially

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The Center's most recent Key Indicators Report showed outpatient surgery cases have grown substantially.

The most recent Key Indicators Report showed outpatient surgery cases have grown substantially while total discharges, total days, emergency cases as well as several other indicators closed the fourth quarter with less volume than the same quarter the prior year.

After falling by almost 9,000 cases in 2010 and 2011, outpatient surgery cases in Northeast Ohio rebounded by more than 19,000 cases 2012. An increase of over 3,000 cases was seen between 2012 and 2013. Overall, these cases have grown by 24.3 percent from 2001 to 2013, driving the nearly 16 percent increase of the overall number of surgery cases in the region.

This trend of increasing outpatient volume is not new and is not isolated to Northeast Ohio. While there are likely many factors that contribute to this trend, dissecting Northeast Ohio’s data provides some clues about what’s driving it in greater Cleveland; namely off-campus outpatient surgery cases.

The Key Indicators Report provides analysis of the hospital market based on Volume Statistics data. More information on the growth in outpatient surgery cases is available by contacting George Jeney via email or at 216.255.3666.


As the leading advocate for Northeast Ohio hospitals, The Center for Health Affairs provides members with vital services and resources aimed at enhancing the region’s healthcare community. The Center delivers on this goal by focusing its efforts on areas that benefit from a regional approach: Healthcare Workforce; Emergency Preparedness; Public Policy & Advocacy; Finance & Reimbursement; and Community Initiatives. With a rich history as the Northeast Ohio hospital association, dating back to 1916, The Center serves as the collective voice of hospitals and the source for Northeast Ohio hospital and healthcare information. As leaders, we continuously scan the periphery, looking for opportunities to enhance the region’s workforce, better prepare our hospitals for an emergency, and increase the region’s wage index. And because of our business affiliation with CHAMPS Healthcare, we have the resources to provide a broad level of professional services to our members. The Center, located in downtown Cleveland, is proud to advocate on behalf of 38 acute-care hospitals and two long-term acute-care hospitals in six counties. For more, visit chanet.org.

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