Massachusetts Council Votes on Regulations That Would Complicate ASC Expansion
Boston Herald report.
Linda Rahm, president of the Massachusetts Association of Ambulatory Surgery Centers, the Department of Public Health has proposed a regulation that would require ASCs to obtain state approval (a "determination of need") before expanding.
Hospitals are only required to seek a determination of need if their expansions are valued at more than $25 million. The result is that hospitals would be able to offer more and more outpatient surgery beds without having to handle the same obstacles.
Ms. Rahm says the legislation would "eventually phase out ASCs" by giving hospitals an unfair advantage. The Public Health Council, a state board of public health officials, is due to vote on the proposed change this morning.
Department of Public Health officials contend that the proposed regulation would simply subject ambulatory surgery centers to levels of review required by a 2008 state law.
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