ASC Same-Day Notification Rule Soon May Cease to Be

Medicare’s same-day notification rule may soon undergo revisions that would ease requirements for ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) and improve timely access to care.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) Same-Day Services Final Rule requires ASCs to inform patients of their rights and facility’s ownership prior to the date of surgery (with exceptions for medically-necessary, same-day procedures). Through its advocacy groups, the ASC industry has been seeking broader exceptions to the rule.

Review of the same-day notification rule was announced in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Preliminary Plan for Retrospective Review of Existing Rules and is part of a broader, presidential mandate to create a simpler, more efficient regulatory framework. The Review of Existing Rules seeks to eliminate “rules that are no longer justified or necessary,” while also “strengthening, complementing, or modernizing rules where necessary or appropriate — including, if relevant, undertaking new rulemaking.”

Other areas up for review, in addition to the same-day notification rule, include improving pre-market review for medical devices, updating labeling regulations for both food and drugs, streamlining “as many of the Medicare and Medicaid beneficiary notice requirements as possible,” and others. HHS plans to establish a final preliminary plan, which will establish all those areas to be reviewed under the plan, by mid-August 2011.

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Source: Outpatient Surgery Magazine

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