20 Most Frequently Performed Medicare Surgical Services in ASCs

The 20 surgical services performed the most in ambulatory surgery centers for Medicare patients based on data from the MedPAC analysis of claims filed in 2011.

1. Cataract surgery with IOL insert, 1 stage: 17 percent

2. Upper GI endoscopy, biopsy: 8 percent

3. Colonoscopy and biopsy: 5.7 percent

4. Lesion removal colonoscopy, snare technique: 4.4 percent

5. Injection foramen epidural: lumbar, sacra: 4.1 percent

6. After cataract laser surgery: 3.9 percent

7. Injection spine: lumbar, sacral (caudal): 3.6 percent

8. Diagnostic colonoscopy: 3.6 percent

9. Injection paravertebral: lumbar, sacral: 2.2 percent

10. Injection foramen epidural add on: 2.1 percent

11. Injection paravertebral: lumbar, sacral add on: 1.9 percent

12. Colorectal screen, high risk individual: 1.8 percent

13. Destruction paravertebral nerve, add on: 1.6 percent

14. Colon cancer screen, not high-risk individual: 1.4 percent

15. Cataract surgery, complex: 1.3 percent

16. Upper GI endoscopy, diagnosis: 1.2 percent

17. Cystoscopy: 1.1 percent

18. Lesion removal colonoscopy, biopsy forceps or biopolar cautery: 1 percent

19. Revision of upper eyelid: 0.9 percent

20. Injection spine: cervical or thoracic: 0.9 percent

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