November 19, 2014
98.9 percent of Medicare-certified ASCs successfully met requirements for the first full year of Medicare’s ASC Quality Reporting Program and will receive the full annual payment update for 2015, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced yesterday. In 27 states and the District of Columbia, 100 percent of the ASCs required to participate successfully met the reporting requirements.
“Given the ASC community’s commitment to delivering high quality care, we are not surprised by the high level of participation in this national quality reporting program,” said Ambulatory Surgery Center Association (ASCA) President Terry Bohlke. “ASCs welcome the opportunity to demonstrate to CMS and Medicare beneficiaries the quality of care that is provided in ASCs every day.”
In 2013, ASCs were required to report occurrences of wrong site, side, patient, procedure or implant surgeries; patient burns; patient falls; hospital transfers; and the success rate in delivering on-time intravenous prophylactic antibiotics prior to surgery. All of these measures have been endorsed by the prestigious National Quality Forum— a not-for-profit, nonpartisan, membership-based organization that works to catalyze improvements in health care.
“As all health care providers place increasing emphasis on the quality of care that patients receive, rather than on the quantity of that care, the importance of measuring and reporting quality data grows exponentially,” said ASCA Chief Executive Officer William Prentice. “That is why the ASC community strongly supports a national quality reporting program that can help patients make informed decisions about the care they are receiving.”
In 2015, ASCs will be required to report 10 quality measures for Medicare's ASC Quality Reporting Program. To help ASCs comply and avoid payment penalties down the line, ASCA has developed a free quality reporting resource that identifies the deadlines and reporting mechanisms associated with all 10 quality measures that ASCs will need to report next year.
ASCs must register with the National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) in order to report data for ASC-8: Influenza Vaccination Coverage among Healthcare Personnel. Fewer than 1,000 centers have registered for NHSN so far and the registration process can take more than a month, so all ASCs that have not already registered are encouraged to begin the process immediately. Click here for instructions.