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Ambulatory Surgical Center Services

An ambulatory surgical center (ASC) provides outpatient surgical services. ASCs execute agreements with Medicare, Medicaid and other third-party payers and may be independent (freestanding) facilities or operated by a hospital.

Services Provided

Procedures performed in these facilities may include (but are not limited to):

  • general surgery
  • gynecology
  • ophthalmology
  • orthopedics
  • otolaryngology
  • plastic surgery
  • pain blocks
  • podiatry
  • urology

An ambulatory surgical center (ASC) provides outpatient surgical services.

ASC Requirements

In order to be covered as an ASC operated by a hospital, a facility must:

  1. Elect that status, unless determined otherwise
  2. Be a separately identified entity, physically, administratively and financially independent from other operations of the hospital with costs treated as a non-reimbursable cost center on the hospital's cost report; and
  3. Meet all requirements for health and safety and agree to the assignment, coverage and reimbursement rules as they apply to free-standing ASCs.

To be eligible to enter into agreement with Medicare, Medicaid and other third-party payers, ASC facilities must be surveyed and certified as complying with al conditions for coverage as an ASC as directed in 42 CFR 416.40-416.49.


Laws, Regulations, Provider Letters and Billing Information

Code of Federal Regulations
42 CFR 416

Kentucky Administrative Regulations (KAR)

Provider Letters

To view other provider letters, refer to the Provider Letter page.

Billing Information


For Questions?

Regarding policy, contact:
Division of Healthcare Facilities Management
Hospital Branch
275 East Main Street
6 C-B
Frankfort, KY 40621
(502) 564-6511

Contact us by email:
CHFS DMS Webmaster

Regarding billing issues, contact (800) 807-1232

Enrolling as a provider, contact (877) 838-5085 Monday to Friday 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. ET or visit their website.


Last Updated 1/31/2011
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