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Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) 

Main Page for Ambulatory Surgical Centers
The Texas Ambulatory Surgical Center Licensing Act was first enacted in 1985 by the 69th Legislature. Ambulatory Surgical Centers (ASCs) are commonly referred to as "day surgery centers." An ASC must provide surgical services as its primary service. ASCs do not provide overnight or inpatient care. Care is provided on an out-patient basis.

The Department develops rules that establish minimum standards for ASC licensing procedures; for granting, denying, suspending, and revoking a license; for licensing fees; for operation; and for requirements concerning design, construction, and the Life Safety Code.

The staff of the Facility Licensing Group is responsible for licensing ASCs. To become licensed please see the ambulatory surgical center licensing page.

The Architectural Review Group is responsible for conducting plan reviews and construction inspections of new and existing ASCs.

Contact information for the zone offices is available by finding your zone and then locating the contact info for zone offices. The list also contains phone numbers, fax numbers and email addresses.

Program Contact Information
Phone: (512) 834-6646 | Fax: (512) 834-4514| Emailinfohflc@dshs.texas.gov 


Rules & Regulations

Applications and Forms

Texas Department of State Health Services

Texas Health Care Information Collection (THCIC)
THCIC was created by the 74th Texas Legislature in 1995. THCIC's charge is to collect data and report on health care activity in hospitals and health maintenance organizations operating in Texas. The goal is to provide information that will enable consumers to have an impact on the cost and quality of health care in Texas.

Reporting Requirements
All hospitals and ambulatory surgery centers in the State of Texas are required to report data.


Ambulatory Surgical Center Fee Guideline
On August 8, 2008, TDI-DWC adopted the amended Ambulatory Surgical Center (ASC) Fee Guideline, §134.402. This guideline is applicable for dates of service on and after September 1, 2008.