Eric Zimmerman spoke to BNA Health Care Daily Report on April 1 regarding a new Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) rule for reimbursement of ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs). The rule was intended to raise ASC reimbursement closer to that of hospital outpatient procedures, but Mr. Zimmerman said ASCs will still be paid only 62 percent of the hospital rate for the same procedure. In addition, some 350 procedures are subject to an ASC payments cap, which Mr. Zimmerman says means “there’s not a lot of payment incentive” to perform the procedures in an ASC. He that the new health care reform law requires CMS to work with ASCs on how to incorporate value-based purchasing (VBP) into ASC procedures, but “there’s no telling” if VBP will become a requirement for ASCs. “Congress is taking it one step closer,” he added.