Wisconsin ASCs Face Taxing Times

Wisconsin’s 60 ambulatory surgical centers (ASCs) may soon incur a tax that would raise state revenue $44 million over two years, Outpatient Surgery reports in its June 2 e-weekly newsletter.

Details of the tax remain sketchy, says Eric Ostermann of the Association of Wisconsin Surgery Centers.

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ASCs are expected to be taxed on their gross patient revenues. This would allow the state to draw down more federal money to pay back the centers and balance the state budget, which is currently suffering a $1.6 billion deficit, according to Outpatient Surgery.

Similar to hospitals who are already taxed, ASCs would be eligible to receive $11.4 million in additional Medicaid reimbursement annually.

“We’re currently evaluating the impact this would have on all surgery centers in the state,” says Mr. Ostermann.

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