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CMS Suggests Reopening of Ambulatory Surgery Centers (Phase I)

On March 18, 2020, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recommended limiting non-essential care and expanding surge capacity into ambulatory surgical centers. However, CMS now recognizes that many areas have a low and stable incidence of COVID-19 cases. CMS states, “It is important to be flexible and allow facilities to provide care for patients needing non-emergent, non-COVID-19 healthcare.” They continue by saying, “As states and localities begin to stabilize, it is important to restart care that is curre...

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