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Medicare Certification

Medicare certification stands apart from the accreditation process. When you apply for a Medicare inspection the ambulatory surgery center must integrate the CMS conditions for coverage and meet the requirements of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) life and safety codes. An ambulatory surgery center must be certified and approved to enter into a written agreement with CMS. Participation as an ambulatory surgery center is limited to any distinct entity that operates exclusively for the purpose of providing surgical services to patients not requiring hospitalization and in which the expected duration of services would not exceed 24 hours following an admission.

The regulatory definition of an ambulatory surgery center does not allow the ambulatory surgery center and another entity, such as an adjacent physician's office, to mix functions and operations in a common space during concurrent or overlapping hours of operations. CMS does permit two different Medicare-participating ambulatory surgery centers to use the same physical space, so long as they are temporally separated. That is, the two facilities must have entirely separate operations, records, etc., and may not be open at the same time. Accredia® experienced Medicare certification consultant can assist you with passing your Medicare inspection.

Accredia® Medicare certification consultant works collaboratively with you so your ambulatory surgery center can meet the requirements for Medicare certification. Consulting preparation includes mock assessment to ensure you meet CMS interpretive guidelines and NFPA life and safety codes. Extensive review includes ensuring that all of your departments integrate collaboratively with meeting conditions for coverage under CMS. Policy and procedure manual must reflect documentation of emergency power system, utilities and hvac system. Accredia® surgery center policy and procedure manual pass inspections.