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.
An ambulatory surgical center (ASC) provides outpatient surgical services. Procedures performed in these facilities may include (but are not limited to):
- general surgery
- plastic surgery
- pain blocks
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In order to be covered as an ASC operated by a hospital, a facility must:
- Elect that status, unless determined otherwise
- 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
- 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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