Quality care has been a hallmark of the ASC community since its earliest days. On average, ASCs experience only one surgical site infection per 1,000 patients in the 30-day period immediately following surgery, which shows that ASCs have an excellent track record of providing safe patient care.
CMS will implement a quality reporting requirement for ASCs in 2012.
Under the proposal ASCs will have to successfully report data on quality measures or face a reduction in Medicare payments in the future.
With more than 650 participants, ASCA's Outcomes Monitoring Project produces data that can be a valuable asset to the management of any ASC. Providing benchmarks for 41 key indicators, the Outcomes Monitoring Project allows ASCs to compare their specific data with national performance statistics on clinical outcomes, staff indicators, billing performance and much more.
The ASC Quality Collaboration (ASC QC) was formed in 2006, bringing together leaders from both the ASC industry and organizations with a focus on healthcare quality and safety.