If you have a choice between a hospital outpatient department and an ambulatory surgical center, consider these questions.
|Ask your doctor or health care provider:||Notes|
|Is this procedure covered by Medicare?|
|Which hospitals or ambulatory surgical centers do you work with when you perform this type of procedure?|
|Which facility is the best place for me given my health status and medical history?|
|Does the facility you recommend participate in Medicare?|
|What if I have a medical emergency during a procedure at an ambulatory surgical center?|
|How well do these facilities check their quality of care? Do they have enough staffing, coordinate care, promote medication safety, and take steps to prevent infection?|
|Check your insurance coverage:||Notes|
Will my costs be different at a hospital outpatient department than an ambulatory surgical center?
Visit Medicare.gov/procedure-price-lookup to learn more.
If you have a supplement (Medigap) policy or a Medicare Advantage plan, ask:
Hospital outpatient departments are a part of a hospital where you get outpatient services or procedures done, like a surgery center or pain clinic.
Ambulatory surgical centers are non-hospital facilities where certain surgeries and procedures may be performed for patients who aren’t expected to need more than 24 hours of care, and provide a convenient alternative to hospitals with the same quality care – usually at a lower cost to you.