CMS updating rules for ASC Medicare participation

CMS is planning one of the biggest changes in years to its rules for letting ambulatory surgical centers to participate in Medicare. The proposed rules, considered perhaps the largest change in ASC rules since 1982, cover a broad range of operating issues and are likely, if approved, to have a substantial effect on the ASC industry. The changes are likely to be well-received by hospitals, which have often griped ASCs were competing for their business without taking on their requirements.

Among the many change the rules would require are mandating CMS to create a more comprehensive quality assessment and performance improvement program for ASCs. These go hand in hand with rules expanding infection control requirements and a comprehensive pre-surgery patient assessment.

The agency would would also have to develop a disaster preparedness plan to address emergency-response capabilities within ASCs. In addition, the proposal would include provisions making sure radiology services rules match up with rules for furnishing laboratory services. Perhaps just as importantly, the rules would also impact the way in which ASCs disclosed physicians' financial interests in the facility.

To learn more about the new proposed rules:
- read this Modern Healthcare piece (reg. req.)

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