Washington E-Newsletter

AANS and CNS Oppose Expanding Prior Authorization to ASCs

On April 16, the AANS and the CNS joined the Regulatory Relief Coalition (RRC) commenting on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) notice announcing its intention to collect information from the public in conjunction with a potential demonstration project that would require Ambulatory Surgical Centers (ASCs) to obtain prior authorization (PA) before providing certain surgical procedures to Medicare beneficiaries. The comment letter opposed expanding PA and suggested that CMS consider alternative ways to address concerns about the potential overutilization of procedures subject to PA in hospital outpatient settings when they are performed in ASC settings.

Click here to read the RRC letter.