Wills Eye appeals to change classification from ASC to hospital: 4 things to know

Philadelphia-based Wills Eye Institute has gone to the Third Circuit Court of Appeals in its battle to qualify as a hospital under Medicare rules, Philly.com reports.

Here are four things to know.

1. In January, U.S. District Judge Eduardo C. Robreno's ruled that CMS was within its rights when it determined that Wills did not provide enough inpatient care to qualify as a hospital in 2013. The appeal challenges that ruling.

2. Qualifying as a hospital would allow Wills to receive greater Medicare reimbursements.

3. Wills' current status as an ASC prevents it from performing certain complex procedures.

4. The center previously operated as a hospital. In 2006, it sold its inpatient business to Philadelphia-based Thomas Jefferson Hospital. CMS reclassified it as an ASC.

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