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CMS releases updated Medicare-approved ASC list

Ambulatory Surgery Reimbursement Update, May 3, 2005

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced its changes to the list of approved procedures for ASCs, adding 65 procedures, and deleting five, according to the Federated Ambulatory Surgery Association (FASA).

CMS had proposed, in November 2004, to delete 100 CPT codes from the ASC list of approved procedures, while adding 25.

The changes to the ASC list will allow more patients access to safe and affordable procedures provided at ASCs.

"I am ecstatic to see that not only was the number of deletions decreased from 100 to five, but CMS also added a few dozen more procedures," says Kathy Bryant, FASA's executive vice president, in a press release.

These additions include bronchoscopies and selected endoscopies. Despite the positive news, Bryant says more procedures need to be added to the list.

"I am disappointed that many more procedures that were recommended by the ASC community were not added," she says. "For example, Medicare beneficiaries will still not have access to laparoscopic cholecystectomies, which have been performed in ASCs since the procedure was first introduced."

The new regulations go into effect on July 5, 2005.

To view the rule, click here.

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