Ambulatory care refers to a number of diagnostic and therapeutic services provided on an outpatient basis. Patients who come to physician offices, outpatient departments and health centers are considered to be outpatient or ambulatory (walking) patients. Office based practitioners provide the majority of primary care services while many surgeries are now outpatient procedures performed in settings outside of the hospital.
The following are resources provided to assist in the understanding of the ambulatory and physician practice settings and the regulations governing the delivery of these services.
Accreditation Handbook for Ambulatory Health Care
Ambulatory Surgery Center Certification and Compliance
Ambulatory Surgical Centers Conditions of Coverage
CMS Ambulatory Surgical Centers (ASC) Center
CMS Physician Center
DMEPDAC Medicare Pricing, Data Analysis, and Coding
Government Publication Office
Medicare Benefit Policy Manual for Comprehensive Outpatient Rehab
Medicare Benefit Policy Manual for Rural Health Centers
NCHS National Center for Health Statistics (Part of the CDC, but links to ICD-9 codes)
Rural Health Center
System for Award Management