Medicare’s Oversight of Ambulatory Surgery Centers
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)|
|Completed||Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services||Medicare’s Oversight of Ambulatory Surgery Centers||Office of Evaluation and Inspections||OEI-01-15-00400||2019|