Hospital vs. Outpatient Care

Are procedures in outpatient facilities increasing or decreasing?

Minimally invasive procedures are increasingly being conducted in outpatient facilities and access centers due to advanced technologies governing anesthesia and surgical techniques.  Many insurance companies don’t cover hospital stays so outpatient care proves to be a quicker and less expensive process. In addition, doctors are able to be more involved with patient care, increasing positive outcomes. For these reasons, office-based surgeries (OBS) have increased to over 10 million procedures performed in 2010 with nearly 500 offices offering outpatient services.

Are hospitals safer than outpatient centers?

Outpatient centers have higher rates of procedural success in dialysis, venous insufficiency and many other vascular intervention patients. Finding the proper access center is key as all interventions should come with minimal complications.

What makes an outpatient lab better?

In an outpatient lab, you can expect customized, thorough, and attentive care. This is one of the more appealing attributes of the outpatient experience as patients and physicians alike prefer the convenience, continuance of care, and no waiting. Due to the lower cost of outpatient procedures, insurance companies are more likely to cover services. This high level of affordability, with or without insurance, gives more control to the patient over their healthcare. With the extreme level of success in treatments, coupled with the personal and efficient patient environment, outpatient care is becoming the primary choice in peripheral interventions.