Find an ASC

Find an ambulatory surgery center in our provider finder. Enter “ambulatory surgical” in search bar at the top of the page, and then select “Freestanding Ambulatory Surgery Facility” from the suggestions given.

Freestanding Ambulatory Surgery Centers

As an Independence Blue Cross member, you have alternatives to the hospital outpatient surgery center when you need outpatient surgery. You may request services by your surgeon, gastroenterologist, or other physicians be performed at an ambulatory surgery center (ASC).

What Is an ASC?

ASCs are health care facilities focused on providing same–day surgical care, including diagnostic and preventive procedures. ASCs are an alternative to a hospital outpatient surgical center, where services may be significantly more costly and less convenient. Examples of ASC services include knee or shoulder arthroscopy, diagnostic and preventive screening colonoscopies, and carpal tunnel surgery.

ASCs treat only patients who have already seen a health care provider and selected surgery or a diagnostic procedure such as a colonoscopy as the appropriate treatment for their condition. ASCs have transformed the outpatient experience for millions of Americans by providing them with a more convenient alternative to hospital-based outpatient procedures — and done so with a strong track record of quality care and positive patient outcomes.

However, ASCs are not urgent care centers or ambulatory care centers and do not provide diagnostic or primary health care services. In addition, ASCs are not physicians' offices. All ASCs must have at least one dedicated operating room and the equipment needed to perform surgery safely and ensure quality patient care.

Deciding Where to Go For Care

The chart below is based on average costs and is for illustrative purposes only.

($=lower cost; $$$=higher cost)
Ambulatory Surgery
Hospital Outpatient
Surgery Center
Arthroscopy of the knee
Hand surgery
Cataract removal
Hernia repair

When Should I Use the ASC?

  • When you and your physician decide surgical services are needed, you may discuss using an ASC with your physician.
  • When your member liability is higher for using a hospital than an ASC for surgical services.
  • When you want to receive care that is more convenient to access.
  • When you have a high deductible plan and want to conserve your money.

Questions about your care choices?

Call 1-800-ASK-BLUE (1-800-275-2583).