Eric Zimmerman was extensively quoted in BNA's Daily Health Care Reporter on March 30 regarding final rules for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to reimburse ambulatory service centers (ASCs). Mr. Zimmerman said the new rules "are really shaking up the industry" by more closely aligning ASC reimbursement with hospital outpatient surgical services. However, because of statutory budget constraints, CMS pays ACSs considerably less than hospitals. "It's outrageous to think that ACSs can furnish procedures for that little money," Mr. Zimmerman stated. ACSs seeking reimbursement must also submit quality and performance data, but Mr. Zimmerman noted that "there is no indication" that CMS will adopt industry suggestions for what this data should contain.