Number of Surgeon Partners and ASC Profitability

Insights from an ASC Expert: Scott Bacon

How many surgeon partners do I need to form a new ASC partnership? 

The short answer is, it depends. No one wants to hear this, but it is much more complicated than one number. The focus should be on the revenue required for a successful ASC partnership. To determine projected revenue, we analyze historical outpatient case types and associated volumes for the interested surgeon partners. A carpal tunnel procedure reimburses very differently than a total knee replacement, but both can be profitable cases for the ASC partnership.

Example A:  4 total joint replacement surgeons each performing 250 outpatient TJA cases annually – results in ~$4,200,000 net profit annually. Each 18.75% owner would receive ~$787,500 in annual distributions from the ASC partnership.

Example B:  12 Orthopaedic/Spine surgeons performing a total of 2,400 cases annually (200 per surgeon) – results in ~$7,200,000 net profit annually. Each 6.25% owner would receive ~$450,000 in annual distributions from the ASC partnership.

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Both examples represent actual ASC partnerships. Key drivers of attractive financial results are clinical quality and efficiency. Other factors to consider when evaluating a new ASC partnership from a financial perspective:

  • Payer mix of the surgeons/practice
  • Projected commercial payer rates
  • CON state vs. non-CON state
  • Time to complete each case and associated staffing costs
  • Implant costs

Navigating these factors skillfully can drive greater profitability in your ASC. If you’re interested in developing a new ASC but don’t know if it’s financially feasible or where to begin, request a customized proforma by emailing me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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