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Ambulatory Surgical Centers Quality Oversight

Medicare sets minimum health and safety requirements for ambulatory surgical centers (ASCs) through the conditions for coverage (SSA 1832(a)(2)(F)(i)). Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services requires that ASCs become Medicare certified to show they meet these conditions (SSA 1865 and 42 CFR Part 416). Previous OIG work found problems with Medicares oversight system, including finding spans of 5 or more years between certification surveys for some ASCs, poor Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services oversight of State survey agencies, and little public information on the quality of ASCs. We will review the frequency and deficiency findings of Medicares certification surveys for ASCs.

Announced or Revised Agency Title Component Report Number(s) Expected Issue Date (FY)
Nov-16 Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Ambulatory Surgical Centers Quality Oversight Office of Evaluation and Inspections OEI-01-15-00400 2018

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