Ambulatory Surgical Centers (ASCs) are increasing in popularity across the United States. These facilities are focused on providing patients with same-day surgical procedures, including diagnostic tests, and are not necessarily associated with hospitals and other care centers. ASCs offer an alternative to traditional hospitals for outpatient surgical procedures, often for competitive costs. Many ASCs are Medicare-certified, making necessary care even more accessible for patients.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) are in the process of developing a national measure of quality for all ASCs to ensure patient safety and satisfaction. Though CMS does currently have payment rules in place for ASCs, no measure of quality control has yet been released. In 2017, CMS announced potential coverage for total hip and knee replacements at ASCs, causing industry speculation about whether the procedures are appropriate for an outpatient setting.
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