cms ambulatory surgical center definition

An ASC is any distinct entity that operates exclusively for the purpose of providing surgical services to patients not requiring hospitalization and in which the expected duration of services would not exceed 24 hours following an admission. An unanticipated medical circumstance may arise that would require an ASC patient to stay in the ASC longer than 24 hours, but such situations should be rare.


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part 416 — ambulatory surgical services, page: 164 (64022)

§ 416.41 [Amended]

  • 5. Amend § 416.41 by removing paragraph (c).
  • 6. Add § 416.54 to subpart C to read as follows:

§ 416.54 Conditions for Coverage: Emergency Preparedness

The Ambulatory Surgical Center (ASC) must comply with all applicable Federal, State, and local emergency preparedness requirements. The ASC must establish and maintain an emergency preparedness program that meets the requirements of this section. The emergency preparedness program must include, but not be limited to, the following elements: