Victory for ASCs: Less Onerous Emergency Equipment Requirement

May 10, 2012

In a victory for ASCs, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) today announced that it will no longer mandate that ASCs have a specific list of emergency equipment. Instead, effective July 16, 2012, an ASC’s governing body, working in conjunction with the ASC’s medical staff, will have flexibility in determining which emergency equipment is necessary to best safeguard the safety of the patients the ASC serves. The decision about which equipment is necessary must be based on accepted standards of practice.

In making the change, CMS echoed the concerns ASCA had expressed to the agency earlier. CMS also noted that it had “learned from the ASC community that some of these equipment requirements are outdated, while other equipment requirements would not be applicable to the emergency needs of all ASCs.” Click here to download a copy of the rule. The relevant information begins on page 25.

(Please note: ASCA previously reported that the effective date for the emergency equipment change was July 15, 2012. The correct date is July 16, 2012.)