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SURGERY CENTERS SHOW STRONG GROWTH

 SURGERY CENTERS SHOW STRONG GROWTH
 ALEXANDRIA, Va., May 6 /PRNewswire/ - The Federated Ambulatory


Surgery Association (FASA) announced today that 3.5 million surgeries are projected to be performed at ambulatory surgery centers in 1992 -- representing nearly 20 percent of the outpatient procedures to take place in the United States this year. These figures, compiled by Chicago-based SMG Marketing, note the continuing growth of surgery centers in the United States. In 1991 there were 1,528 such facilities in the United States compared to 1,364 in 1990.
 Over 1,400 of these surgery centers are Medicare-certified. Surgery centers are the most highly regulated of any ambulatory care facility. Eighty percent of all states have some form of a state licensure which surgery centers must comply with in addition to a number of them undergoing voluntary peer review through such entities as the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care.
 Thomas D. Wilson, president of the Monterey, Calif., based Helian Health Corp., was elected president of FASA on May 3, during the association's 18th annual meeting in Boston. Wilson has served as an officer in the association, as well as chairman of FASA's Insurance Committee and Governmental Relations Committee. Wilson would also be pleased to respond to any inquiries about the growth of the market share of surgeries now being performed at surgery centers or other questions including quality of care, cost savings and patient satisfaction issues relating to the industry.
 FASA, a national membership association established in 1974, represents over 400 ambulatory surgery centers in the United States. FASA's primary membership is that of the multi-specialty surgery centers of which 99 percent are either Medicare-certified and/or accredited by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care of the Joint Commission on Health Care Organizations. These surgery centers are free-standing medical facilities where scheduled procedures such as eye; urological; hernia repairs; gynecological; arthroscopic; orthopedic; and ear, nose and throat surgeries are performed. FASA conducts an annual education convention and nursing seminars and legislative workshops. Also, FASA assembles and distributes numerous surveys and publications that focus on industry- wide issues ranging from quality of care to service and cost issues.
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 /CONTACT: Thomas D. Wilson of Federated Ambulatory Surgery Association, 408-646-9000/ CO: Federated Ambulatory Surgery Association ST: Virginia IN: SU:


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