Becker's Healthcare November 18, 2021
Alan Condon

As a growing number of procedures continue to migrate out of the hospital to the outpatient environment, ASC administrators are calling on CMS to pay ambulatory surgery centers the same as hospital outpatient departments.

Administrators say ASCs have demonstrated their value to the U.S. healthcare system from a cost savings standpoint in addition to offloading hospitals for more critical care, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“CMS should change the reimbursement calculator on a basket of codes to put ASC and outpatient departments on a level playing field,” Gil Tepper, MD, founder and CEO of Prime Surgeons in Los Angeles, told Becker’s. “[It] should use a transparent, unified fee schedule which applies equally to ASC and outpatient departments. [It] needs to...

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