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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

An ambulatory surgical center (ASC) provides outpatient surgical services. Procedures performed in these facilities may include (but are not limited to):

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

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Provider Information

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 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 all conditions for coverage as an ASC as directed in 42 CFR 416.40-416.49.

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