Local Eye Surgery Center Saves Medicare $1.2 Million

August 25, 2014 – Chippewa Falls, WI — Independent Surgery Center, LLC, opened its doors in Lake Hallie in the summer of 2011.  Since opening, facility fees charged by ISC have saved the Medicare System over $1.2 Million and patients over $250,000 in Medicare deductibles.  Independent Surgery Center, LLC, is one of more than 5,300 Ambulatory Surgery Centers (ASCs) nationwide, and over 70 in Wisconsin.  On average, Medicare pays ASCs just over 50 percent of what it pays hospital outpatient departments for the same procedures.

So what is an ASC?  Ambulatory surgical centers take a streamlined approach to surgery and are utilized for surgeries that do not require a hospital stay.  Patients check in on the day of their surgery, have the surgery in a fully equipped, CMS certified operating room, and recover under the care of the facility’s nursing staff — all without hospital admission.  Patients and their families alike benefit not only from the high-quality care provided, but also from the comfortable and safe ASC environment found at Independent Surgery Center, LLC.  ASCs are committed to providing patients with access to the highest quality surgical care while lowering their cost-sharing obligations and assisting the healthcare community in containing health expenditures.

“Operating at Independent Surgery Center is a win-win for patients and eye surgeons alike,” says Dr. Harvey.  “The environment at Independent Surgery Center is tailored to performing eye surgeries, with the latest ophthalmic technology, specially trained nursing and surgical staff, and easy access.  In addition, costs are lower.  It is an easy choice!”  Surgeons Thomas Harvey, MD and Terrence McCanna, MD of Chippewa Valley Eye Clinic are partners in this venture, and this $1 Million facility is equipped for most eye surgeries and lasers, including: cataract, cornea, glaucoma, and eyelid procedures.

Cataract surgery and other eye procedures with a recovery time of less than 24 hours, can be performed at an ASC, instead of at a hospital.  Independent Surgery Center, LLC, now provides a cost-effective and convenient alternative to hospital out-patient eye surgery in the Chippewa Valley.   For example, the average ASC facility charge for cataract surgery in 2013 was only $2,498, compared to local out-patient hospital charges ranging from $3,459 to $7,742.    NOTE:  All out-patient surgery charge data for cataract surgery and other out-patient procedures such as knee replacements, colonoscopies, etc. are available to the public online at www.wipricepoint.org

Independent Surgery Center, LLC has a policy of Price Transparency and lists its prices and those of area hospitals, which are publicly available at www.wipricepoint.org on this website.  Patients having surgery are able to call Independent Surgery Center, LLC for assistance in determining their financial responsibility;  the amount a patient pays is always dependent on the insurance coverage they have and may be even less than the “charge” rates available to the public.

On Wednesday, August 27, as a tribute to National Ambulatory Surgery Center Day on August 13, Independent Surgery Center, LLC is hosting an educational event for area legislators and community members responsible for healthcare in their organizations.  US Senator Ron Johnson will be speaking about the fiscal state of the United States and the impact of ObamaCare on healthcare, the Ambulatory Surgery Center Association’s (ASCA), Steve Miller will describe the benefits of utilizing an ASC for out-patient procedures, and the Outpatient Ophthalmic Surgery Society’s (OOSS) Michael Romansky, will speak about the specific benefits of having eye surgery performed in an Ambulatory Surgery Center (ASC) setting.


About Us

Independent Surgery Center, LLC is equipped for most eye surgeries and lasers, including those for cataract, cornea, glaucoma, and eyelids. Our expert eye surgeons specialize in outpatient, same-day surgical procedures.

Independent Surgery Center, LLC is an Ambulatory Surgery Center (ASC). ASCs are modern health care facilities focused on providing same-day surgical care, including diagnostic and preventive health care procedures. ASCs have transformed the outpatient experience for millions of Americans by offering a convenient, personalized, lower-cost alternative to hospitals―and have done so with a strong track record of top quality care and positive patient outcomes.

Independent Surgery Center, LLC is Medicare-certified, which means the facility passed a rigorous series of nationally recognized tests and holds to these high standards every day.  This accreditation underscores the commitment of our surgeons and staff to provide the highest possible level of safety and care for our patients.

As the surgical center’s Clinical Director, Deb Berg RN, brings more than 25 years of operating room experience to Independent Surgery Center, LLC.   The surgical center is staffed by a highly trained and experienced team of nurses and technicians, as well as business office professionals.  Their job and ultimate priority is to ensure a positive experience for patients and their families who utilize the center.

The facility was established and is owned by two local physicians:  Dr. Thomas Harvey of Chippewa Valley Eye Clinic and Dr. Terry McCanna of CVEC- Chippewa Falls.

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