Freestanding Ambulatory Surgical Centers: An Outpatient Setting

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  • Freestanding Ambulatory Surgical centers are private or corporate entities.
  • Its can work with a hospital but its have separate billing system and can work as an independent from any hospital,
  • In 2008, Medicare published a list of procedure that covers in freestanding ASCs but private payer may have their own list of covered services.
  • Freestanding ASCs work as a hospital based outpatient setting .

Specialty covers in Freestanding ASCs

The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) accredits nine types of ASCs:

  • Cosmetic  surgical centers
  • Endoscopy centers
  • Ophthalmology practices
  • Laser eye surgery centers
  • centers for oral and maxillofacial surgery
  • Orthopedic surgery centers
  • Plastic surgery centers
  • Podiatry clinics
  • Multi-specialty surgery centers

CMS updates price list annually. But other insurance carriers may reimburse a separate facility fee for procedure that not covers in Medicare list. 







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