Beginning January 1, 2008, payment is made to ASCs under Part B for all surgical procedures except those that CMS determines may pose a significant safety risk to beneficiaries or that are expected to require an overnight stay when furnished in an ASC. Also, beginning January 1, 2008, separate payment is made to ASCs under Part B for certain ancillary services, such as certain drugs and biologicals, OPPS pass-through devices, brachytherapy sources and radiology procedures. Medicare does not pay an ASC for procedures that are excluded from the list of covered surgical procedures. Medicare continues to pay ASCs for new technology intraocular lenses and corneal tissue acquisition as it did prior to January 1, 2008.
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