Governor Chris Christie signed SB 278 into law during his last days in office. New Jersey Association of Ambulatory Surgery Centers (NJAASC) has been working for several sessions to pass this legislation and were able to work with stakeholders and legislators to push this bill over the finish line. Under this new law, surgical practices are required to apply for a license as an ambulatory care facility. Oversight will switch from New Jersey Board of Medical Examiners to the NJDOH. Jeff Shanton, President of NJAASC, praised the passage of this bill stating “this is important, as for the first time, New Jersey would have one UNIFORM standard for ambulatory surgical facilities. Additionally, NJDOH is more experienced and staffed for oversight.” Additionally, this bill would exempt one room facilities from the ambulatory care facility assessment, current physical plant standards (provided they are certified by CMS and/or accredited by any accrediting body recognized by CMS), and initial and renewal license fees. Surgical practices may now be open to investment by non-physicians, and cases may be performed by non-physician owners/partners.
Ali Legros Murphy
Assistant Director of Government Affairs, State Affairs
Ambulatory Surgery Center Association
April 11-14, 2018
Hynes Convention Center