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Ambulatory Surgical Centers

Thank you for visiting the Ambulatory Surgical Centers program webpage. The Department of State Health Services maintains this webpage, but pursuant to Senate Bill 200, regulatory authority over Ambulatory Surgical Centers has transferred to the Health and Human Services Commission. (HHSC) as of September 1, 2017.

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.

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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
Email:  infohflc@hhsc.state.tx.us

Mailing addresses may be found on the contact page.

Last updated March 13, 2018