Same Day Surgery Restrictions Removed for Ambulatory Surgical Centers

A new rule allows ambulatory surgical centers to provide patient notifications on the day of the surgery, effectively eliminating the so-called prior-day notification requirement.  Prior to this rule, same day surgeries were only allowed in emergencies.  The final rule is expected to take effect on December 23, 2011.

The rule, provided by the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services, can be viewed at: Final Rule

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