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By David Glendinning, AMNews staff. Feb. 14, 2005.
Washington -- Ambulatory surgery centers would be able to start billing Medicare for some additional types of medical procedures under a recent federal proposal, but the update would come at a steep price: Four times as many other procedures would disappear from the covered list.
When the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services issued a proposed ASC coverage update in November 2004, some physicians were pleased to see that 25 procedures made the list, including knee arthroscopies and bladder repairs. But CMS removed 100 other Medicare-subsidized treatments, such as prostate biopsies and diagnostic cystoscopies. Doctors have been administering these procedures at the centers for decades....