This photo gallery offers a look inside a Banner Health cardiology ambulatory surgical center (ASC) in Sun City, Arizona, a suburb of Phoenix. The outpatient center has two cath labs used for low-acuity, straightforward percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) procedures, peripheral vascular interventions and electrophysiology (EP) procedures such as device implants or exchanges. This is one of several ASCs in the Phoenix area that are operated in a partnership between Banner and the private ASC management company Atlas Healthcare Partners.
Outpatient office based labs (OBLs) and ASCs are seeing increasing usage because they can perform cath and EP procedures at about half the cost of a hospital cath lab. This has led to payment incentives by payors to use these facilities to cut healthcare costs. While many of these centers are private ventures, some are being done in partnership with established healthcare systems. The Sun City ASC uses the same cardiologists that practice at the hospital labs and has the same equipment and devices that are found in those labs. These outpatient centers have allowed hospital cath labs to schedule more complex procedures without the need to build out more cath labs.