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House and Senate Vote to Eliminate Imaging Center License for ASCs

Budget Heads to Governor for Signature

Ohio House and Senate Vote to Eliminate Imaging Center Licensure for ASCs 


Measure Heads to Governor for Signature


After weeks of wrangling over how to fund the state's two year budget, the Ohio House and Senate last night both passed the compromise version of the budget that includes language eliminating Diagnostic Imaging Center Licensure for ASCs.


The language states than an ASC does not need both an ASC license AND a diagnostic imaging center license when radiology equipment is used in any part (prior, during or after) of a surgical procedure.


Most surgery centers have been required to obtain a freestanding diagnostic imaging center license if they use certain radiology equipment in their facility. This is in addition to their health care facility (or ASC) license needed to operate as a surgery center.


The legislature's actions, which were at the request of the OAASC, will save ASCs up to $1500 a year in license and inspection fees.


The budget now goes to the Governor for his signature and any line item vetoes.


The Ohio Department of Health was supportive and assisted in developing the language. Therefore, it is not anticipated that the Governor will veto the language.


This is a major step in streamlining regulations for ASCs and reducing costs.


Special thanks to the OAASC Government Affairs Committee for their hard work on this issue.


Other components of the budget that might impact ASCs include:



For more information, contact OAASC Mike Carroll or Randy Leffler at 614-358-0177

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