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CMS to terminate Seattle ASC's Medicare benefits after failed survey — 5 insights

CMS will terminate its Medicare provider agreement with Seattle-based Active Foot and Ankle Center Nov. 17.

Here's what you should know:

1. CMS found the surgery center was "not in compliance with requirements for participation in the Medicare/Medicaid programs."

2. A team of Washington Department of Health surveyors surveyed the center, on behalf of CMS, determining it was noncompliant in August 2017. The specific violation was not disclosed.

3. CMS will no longer provide payment for services for Medicare and/or Medicaid beneficiaries admitted to the center after Nov. 17.

4. Mark Kuzel, DPM, and Edward Chestnutis, DPM, are the center's primary physicians.

5. The center specializes in foot and ankle services. The ASC has its own onsite imaging services and offers patients nonsurgical treatment options.

Note: A representative of Active Foot and Ankle Center was unavailable for comment before publication. This story will be updated if Becker's ASC Review hears back.

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