CHA News Article

State Manual for Ambulatory Surgery Centers Updated

The attached Survey and Certification memo from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) updates the infection control surveyor worksheet in the state operations manual for ambulatory surgery centers (ASC). Intended to help surveyors better understand infection prevention and control issues in the ASC setting, the worksheet changes align with current nationally recognized standards of practice and clarify some questions surveyors have had. In addition, CMS has added to the worksheet questions about the practice of immediate-use steam sterilization (IUSS) to help surveyors assess compliance with recently released IUSS guidance.