Minimally invasive treatments for patients with Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD) can result in shorter hospital stays and have the potential to save Medicare millions of dollars each year. These treatments also can be done in non-hospital centers. Physicians, primarily trained in vascular surgery, cardiology, or interventional radiology treat nearly 113,000 Medicare fee-for-service patients at non-hospital centers each year.
Physicians Who Practice at Non-Hospital Centers
*source: Avalere Health
Data show PAD procedures can be performed safely and efficiently in a non-hospital setting with excellent patient outcomes.
Studies show that PAD procedures performed in the non-hospital setting reduce procedural complications and increase access to quality patient care. A study recently published in Vascular that examined outcomes of procedures performed in the non-hospital setting found:
- Procedural complications were low, occurring in only 1.4 percent of 5,085 cases examined.
- In 3% of the cases, patients were discharged home from the recovery room without any inpatient management.
PAD procedures, traditionally performed in the hospital setting, are now being performed more commonly in the non-hospital setting. Benefits of receiving PAD interventional treatment in the non-hospital setting, reported by patients and physicians, include:
- Improved patient satisfaction with prompt outpatient experience;
- Reduced out-of-pocket patient costs compared to hospital charges; and
- Convenience in managing case schedule in physician’s own facilities.
In markets where a center is available, more Medicare beneficiaries used the non-hospital center for their revascularization procedure because they are geographically located closer to patients and their communities, making quality vascular care more accessible and convenient for patients in need.