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ASCs Take on Lap-Band Surgery, But Payors Still Have to Catch up
Becker's Hospital Review

Laparoscopic gastric band surgery, buoyed by an obesity epidemic and improved clinical outcomes, has become a viable option for ambulatory surgery centers, but payors have been slow in extending coverage to surgery centers. In San Diego, a hotbed of lap-band surgery in outpatient centers, ASCs operated by Surgery One still have to rely on cash-paying patients. Payors only cover lap-band patients in the hospital, says Scott Leggett, CEO of Surgery One.