February, 2002

Information Bulletin 02-2

Clarification of CMS Policies Regarding Ambulatory Surgical Centers


The purpose of this Information Bulletin is to provide guidance for three ambulatory surgery center (ASC) issues: (1) requirements for ASCs for a separate waiting area and recovery room; (2) length of stay (LOS) in an ASC for Medicare Beneficiaries and non-beneficiaries; and (3) certification of an ASC without a sterile operating room.

This memorandum may also be accessed at the following website:

CMS Survey & Certification (S&C 02-16)

CMS web site addresses are subject to change. As MDH becomes aware of these changes we will update the CMS address on this bulletin.

If you have any questions regarding this Information Bulletin, please contact in writing:

Minnesota Department of Health
Health Regulation Division
Licensing and Certification Program
85 East Seventh Place
Suite 300
PO Box 64900
St. Paul, MN 55164-0900
Telephone: (651) 201-4101