May 20, 2013
Between July 1 and August 15, 2013, ASCs that provide services to Medicare beneficiaries must report 2012 volume data for certain procedures and verify their use of a safe surgery checklist during 2012 to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). ASCs that fail to report this information will face payment reductions from Medicare in 2015. ASCs must report this information via Medicare’s QualityNet web site.
Before your ASC can use the QualityNet web site to file the reports required between July 1 and August 15, your ASC must register a QualityNet Security Administrator. Responsibilities that your ASC’s QualityNet security administrator will take on include:
creating, approving, editing and terminating QualityNet user accounts within your ASC;
monitoring QualityNet usage at your ASC to ensure that security and confidentiality is maintained; and
serving as a point of contact at your organization for information regarding QualityNet.
In order to register a Security Administrator, ASCs must first complete and return via mail the QualityNet Security Administrator Registration Packet. The registration process could take six weeks to complete, so now is the time to act if your ASC has not already registered a security administrator. CMS is recommending that each ASC designate two people as QualityNet security administrators—one to serve as the primary security administrator and the other to act as an alternate.
The QualityNet security administration registration form must be signed and dated before a notary public, and the notary must complete a special section on the form, including both a signature and seal. Photocopies or faxes of the forms will not be accepted at CMS. Instead, ASCs will need to mail these original forms to the QualityNet Program Support Contractor. Once your completed registration materials have been received, your registration information will be documented and forwarded to the QualityNet Help Desk for processing. You will be notified by email when the registration process is complete. At that time, the My QualityNet web site (the secure portion of the QualityNet site) will be accessible to your ASC. The email you receive will also contain your User ID and initial password.
Florida Medical Quality Assurance, Inc. (FMQAI), the national support contractor for the Hospital Outpatient and Ambulatory Surgical Center Quality Reporting Programs, will be hosting a free webinar on June 5, 2013, at 10:00am and 2:00pm ET titled “Quality Reporting Cram Session: Web-Based Measures, Initial Data Review, and the Reconsideration Process.” Participants can register for free at www.oqrsupport.com/asc/education.
More information on Medicare’s entire ASC quality reporting program is available on ASCA’s web site at www.ascassociation.org/qualityreporting.