Guidance for Processing Attestations from Ambulatory Surgical Centers (ASCs) Temporarily Enrolling as Hospitals during the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency

Title
Guidance for Processing Attestations from Ambulatory Surgical Centers (ASCs) Temporarily Enrolling as Hospitals during the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency
Memo #
QSO-20-24-ASC
Posting Date
2020-04-03
Fiscal Year
2020
Summary
• CMS is committed to taking critical steps to ensure America’s health care facilities are prepared to respond to the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency (PHE). • Waivers: CMS waivers adopted under the 1135 emergency waiver authority create additional flexibilities to allow enrolled ASCs to temporarily enroll as hospitals and to provide hospital services to help address the urgent need to increase hospital capacity to take care of patients. • CMS Regional Office Processing of Attestations: This memorandum outlines the steps for processing attestations and certification kits for existing Medicare certified ASCs that choose to temporarily enroll as a hospital during the COVID-19 PHE.