Victory for ASCs: CMS Proposes to Remove Burdensome Radiologist Requirement

February 4, 2013

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has released a proposed rule that would no longer require ASCs to have a radiologist on their medical staff.

Instead, if the change is finalized, a doctor of medicine or osteopathy on the ASC’s medical staff would be charged with supervising the provision of radiologic services in an ASC.

ASCA has long advocated for this change noting that requiring ASCs to have a radiologist on staff does not make sense given that radiologic services in an ASC are generally limited to intra-operative guidance that does not require interpretation by a radiologist. Additionally, ASCs have reported difficulty in finding radiologists that are willing to be part of their medical staff.

CMS estimates that the change will save ASCs $41 million annually.

ASCA will continue to work with CMS to ensure that the change is finalized.

Click here for a copy of the proposed change. The relevant portion begins on page 16.