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How Safe Are Your Patients? - June 2016 - Outpatient Surgery Magazine

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Time for Timeshare Surgery Centers? Surgeons can lease ORs, staff and equipment from an existing facility. C an ASCs oper- ate as time- share proper- ties? Yes, thanks to a little-known CMS rul- ing that lets multiple ambulatory surgery centers use the same physical space, includ- ing the same operating rooms, on separate days of the week. Timeshare ASCs must be dually licensed by the states in which they operate and they can't have concurrent or over- lapping hours of operation. These condo or "entity within an entity" arrangements let surgeons lease staff and equipment as needed without the multimillion-dollar burden of land acquisition, construction, equipment and staffing. Although some states, including Florida, won't license multiple ASCs for the same address, timeshare centers are popping up across the country. "Leasing outpatient operating room space is a cost-effective way for single-specialty physicians to acquire ASC space," says Beverly Kirchner, RN, BSN, CNOR, CASC, founder of Texas-based SurgeryDirect, which teamed with a local hospital and a neurosur- geon to develop a dual-licensed ASC that opened last month in Littleton, Colo. Keeping odd hours 2 2 • O U T PA T I E N T S U R G E R Y M A G A Z I N E • J U N E 2 0 1 6 Business Advisor Daniel Cook • EVERY OTHER FRIDAY Dual-licensed ASCs can't have concurrent or overlapping hours of operation, and they must clearly state their days and times of operation. SurgeryDirect

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