Medicare Surgical

Learn how to become accredited and maintain accreditation in our Medicare approved Ambulatory Surgical Program. 

Ambulatory Surgery Centers (ASCs) are facilities that participate in Medicare and Medicaid programs for reimbursement. ASCs, sometimes called surgicenters, specialize in providing surgery, including certain pain management and diagnostic (e.g., colonoscopy) services in an outpatient setting. Overall, the services provided are generally referred to as "procedures."

Which facilities may apply for AAAASF/Medicare accreditation?

Facilities currently Medicare certified, as well as those seeking initial Medicare certification, may apply for AAAASF accreditation. Applicants must be licensed in the state in which they are located (if that state requires licensure) to be eligible.

Will the state still need to inspect a facility if it has earned AAAASF/Medicare accreditation?

In most cases, the state will not review a facility accredited through the AAAASF/Medicare survey but it does not preclude the state from conducting validation or complaint inspections. State licensure inspections are separate from Medicare surveys and conducted according to state requirements. State licensure inspections may include physical environment requirements that exceed any specified by CMS.

Accreditation Process for Medicare ASC

  • New Applicants

  • Self Survey - Before 2nd & 3rd Years Begin

  • Re-Survey - Before End of 3 Year Cycle