New State Law on Length of Stay in Ambulatory Surgery Centers Takes Effect Feb. 20

Last Updated: Jan 9, 2018

A new Pennsylvania law – which takes effect on Feb. 20, 2018 – will align the length of stay in licensed ambulatory surgery centers and facilities (ASCs and ASFs) with that of other states and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) guidelines.

The legislation was sponsored by Pa. Rep. Florindo Fabrizio (D-Erie) and, in December 2017, Gov. Wolf signed the bill into law as Act 70.

The new law allows patients to be treated in an ASC/ASF where the expected duration of the services would not exceed 24 hours following an admission. Previously, Pennsylvania Department of Health regulations had limited ASC/ASF services to a total of four hours of operating time and a total of four hours of directly supervised recovery.

Additional Resources

This CMS webpage offers details about Medicare/Medicaid Ambulatory Surgery Centers and includes links to applicable laws, regulations, and compliance information.

Pennsylvania Medical Society (PAMED) members with questions on ASC regulations can contact our Knowledge Center at 855-PAMED4U (855-726-3348) or KnowledgeCenter@pamedsoc.org.

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