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Invited Commentary
September 9, 2020

Access and Care Disparities in Ambulatory Surgery Centers

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  • 1Department of Surgery, University of Florida College of Medicine, Jacksonville
JAMA Surg. Published online September 9, 2020. doi:10.1001/jamasurg.2020.3367

Janeway et al1 are to be congratulated on their work, which analyzed the association of socioeconomic status with ambulatory surgery center (ASC) access and outcomes in Florida and New York. The study used 3 years of data (2011-2013) from the Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project of the Agency for Health Research and Quality. The State Ambulatory Surgery and Services Databases comprise a subset of the data, which include ambulatory surgery discharge records from both hospital-affiliated and freestanding ASCs. Florida and New York were chosen for comparison based on their high volumes of ambulatory procedures and the consistency and completeness of their data.

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