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This training is intended for learning purposes only, it is not official guidance. For official policies and guidance please refer to CMS laws and regulations, including the State Operations Manual (SOM) and CMS official guidance memos. Additional information is listed on the Training Disclaimer Page.

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Ambulatory Surgical Center (ASC) Basic Training

This ASC Basic Training is intended to establish surveyor proficiency with the CMS requirements and regulations that apply to outpatient, or ambulatory, surgical centers (ASCs). This training will build on basic skills and knowledge for surveying non-long term care facilities and covers Conditions for Coverage (CfCs) and State Operations Manual Appendix L—Guidance for Surveyors: Ambulatory Surgical Centers. This training is for all current surveyors and reviewers and is intended to expand surveyor skills, representing a step toward becoming an independent surveyor.

Training Objectives: On completion of this training, you will be able to identify:

  • The definition of an ASC in the context of CMS regulations.
  • The initial tasks in the ASC survey process, including the tools used to conduct a survey and the roles of survey team members.
  • ASC regulations and the survey procedures to assess compliance with those regulations.
  • The final tasks in the ASC survey process, from conducting the final onsite surveyor meeting to preparing post-survey documentation.

Training Duration: 35 hours

Completion Requirements: This self-paced ASC Basic Training includes a mandatory pretest, four learning modules, a mandatory posttest, and a CMS-approved training evaluation. Both the posttest and the evaluation must be completed to generate a certificate of completion to earn training CEUs. To pass the ASC Basic Training, you must score a minimum of 80% on the training posttest.

Email for Questions: The training is available on-demand online, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. During the training, questions can be submitted using the comment tool. For all technical issues, including accessing the training, email; for all content-related questions, email All other comments and questions can be submitted during the training using the comment tool.

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