Frequently Asked Questions

Common questions and answers from the FSASC.

When does the Florida Legislative Session begin?

The regular legislative session starts on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in March for a period not to exceed 60 days. The 2016 session will convene on Tuesday, January 12, 2016. Visit the Florida Legislature for more information by clicking here.

Who do you contact with questions about Medicare claims?

First Coast Service Options provides claims processing, customer service, education and training and activities that ensure the appropriateness of Medicare benefit payments for Medicare Part B providers in Florida.  To contact their customer service line, call 877.847.4992 or view their website at www.fcso.com.

Where can I find a list of procedures that are covered by the Medicare Program?

The US Department of Health, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services issues the list of procedure codes which may be performed in an ASC under the Medicare program as well as the ASC payment group assigned to each of the procedure codes.  To learn more about these procedures and proposed changes visit the ASC Association web site at www.ascassociation.org/medicare.

What accreditation is accepted in Florida in lieu of annual licensing surveys?

Ambulatory Surgical Centers accredited by JCAHO or AAAHC are exempt from annual licensing surveys as indicated in section 59A-5.004(2), F.A.C. License validation surveys are conducted each year by AHCA on a minimum of five percent of the facilities that have received accreditation. These surveys are completed within 60 days of the accreditation organization’s survey date. For Additional information on accreditation contact the accrediting organization linked below.

What Agency oversees the initial licensure of an ASC?

Applications for initial ASC licensure are handled through the Office of Plans and Construction at the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration. Contact their office directly at 850.487.0713 or visit them online at AHCA Office of Plans & Construction.

What Agency oversees the initial licensure of an ASC?

Applications for initial ASC licensure are handled through the Office of Plans and Construction at the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration. Contact their office directly at 850.487.0713 or visit them online at AHCA Office of Plans & Construction.

Who oversees the licensure of ambulatory surgical centers in Florida?

The Agency for Health Care Administration has a section of their website that lists the different regulations for licensure of an ASC.  Go to http://www.ahca.myflorida.com/. and click on “Licensing & Certification” and then on “Ambulatory Surgical Center”.

The Hospital and Outpatient Services Unit(HOSU) within the Division of Health Quality Assurance is responsible for licensing, registering, and regulating hospitals, outpatient and health care service facilities.  Their office can be contacted by calling 850.487.2717 or visit their website by clicking here.

Where can I find a list of ambulatory surgical centers in Florida?

To find an ambulatory surgery center in your area, FSASC recommends visiting http://fsasc.org/member-resources/fsasc-member-directory/.

To locate a complete listing of ASCs in the state, visit AHCA’s online facility locator and search the AHCA’s records for licensed ambulatory surgical centers by clicking here.  Select “Ambulatory Surgical Center” as facility type and search by name, zip code, city or county.

When is the FSASC Annual Conference & Tradeshow?

The 2016 Annual Conference & Trade Show will be July 13-15, 2015 at the the Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek in Orlando, FL. Click here to see more information about the annual event!

Where can I find information on the different rules and regulations governing ASCs?

FSASC has compiled many of the far-flung rules and regulation in the FSASC Operation & Rules Manual. Review the Manual online here – Operation & Rules Manual.