• Exception for Same Day Scheduling of Surgery
  • June 12, 2009 | Author: Susan E. Ziel
  • Law Firm: Krieg DeVault LLP - Carmel Office
  • Medicare just announced, May 18th, that it will allow an exception for the patient notices required in advance of the day of the procedure in certain cases. Specifically, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) said:

    It is not acceptable for the ASC to provide the required notice for the first time to a patient on the day that the surgical procedure is scheduled to occur, unless:

    • the referral to the ASC for surgery is made on that same date; and
    • the referring physician indicates, in writing, that it is medically necessary for the patient to have the surgery on the same day, and that surgery in an ASC setting is suitable for that patient.

    In such situations the ASC must provide the required notice prior to obtaining the patient's informed consent. Cases of surgery occurring on the same day it is scheduled are expected to be rare, since ASCs typically perform elective procedures. Frequent occurrence of such cases may represent noncompliance with the advance notice requirement.

    This information and new interpretive guidelines are available at www.ascassociation.org/guidelines.pdf