Book/Report

Medicare's Oversight of Ambulatory Surgery Centers Report.

Medicare's Oversight of Ambulatory Surgery Centers Report. Office of the Inspector General; Sep 2019. Report no. OEI-01-15-00400 09-13-2019.

Ambulatory surgery centers (ASC) play an increasing role in complex surgical care, but methods to assure patients are safe in these environments are unreliable. This report found that Medicare surveys to assess ASC quality and safety concerns were not done or the results identifying problems were often unheeded. The lack of review and follow-up exposed patients to health-care associated infections, lack of medication oversight and poor pre-operative assessment.