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Ambulatory Surgical Center Quality Reporting Program

In the final CY 2012 payment rule for the Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (HOPPS) and Ambulatory Surgical Centers (ASCs) displayed on November 1, 2011, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) finalized a quality reporting program for ASCs. Quality reporting will begin in 2012 for payment determinations in 2014. An ASC that does not successfully report data to the Medicare program in 2012 will have its Medicare payments reduced by 2 percent in 2014. CMS will be paying for reporting data, not the level of performance achieved. Based on comments from the AUA and other professional organizations, CMS postponed reporting until October, 2012. However one quality initiative, the use of a Safe Surgery Checklist, must begin on January 1, 2012 for ASCs to receive credit. CMS is not requiring that ASCs use a specific checklist.

Ambulatory Surgical Centers must begin using a Safe Surgery Checklist starting January 1, 2012 for ASCs to receive credit for this quality measure.

Appropriate checklists that could be used can be found here and here.

Quality Measures Required for ASC Reporting

Measure

Reporting Period

Payments Affected

Patient Burn

Begins October 1, 2012

CY 2014-2016

Patient Fall

Begins October 1, 2012

CY 2014-2016

Wrong Site, Side, Patient, 
Procedure, Implant

Begins October 1, 2012

CY 2014-2016

Hospital Admission/Transfer

Begins October 1, 2012

CY 2014-2016

Prophylactic IV Antibiotic Timing

Begins October 1, 2012

CY 2014-2016

Safe Surgery Checklist Use

Measures use 1-1-2012 
through 12-31-2012, 
reported July 1-August 15, 2013

CY 2015-2016

Volume of Certain Procedures

July 1 through August 15, 2013

CY 2015-2016

Influenza Vaccination Among  Health Care Workers

October 1, 2014
through March 31, 2015

CY 2016

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