Home > Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Updates Emergency Equipment Requirement for Ambulatory Surgical Centers (ASCs)
As part of the recently released Medicare Regulatory Reform Rule, effective July 16, ASCs will no longer be required to stock a CMS-mandated list of emergency equipment, but will be free to assemble the tools most necessary for their own specific patient population and procedures. The conditions for coverage (CfC) for ASCs currently require them to have available in the operating room a prescribed list of emergency equipment. The revised CfC requires each ASC's governing body and medical staff to determine, in accordance with standards of practice, which equipment must be on hand to maintain safety and ensure rescues. This adaptation emerged from CMS's awareness that some of the equipment requirements are outmoded, and not all specified equipment is necessary for the particular emergency needs of every ASC.