WASHINGTON, DC, December 16, 2015 — More than 95 percent (95.9 %) of Medicare-certified ASCs successfully met requirements for the second full year of Medicare’s ASC Quality Reporting Program and will receive the full annual payment update for calendar year (CY) 2016, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced today.
“The ASC community welcomes any opportunity to showcase its commitment to high quality care,” said Ambulatory Surgery Center Association (ASCA) President Terry Bohlke. “After years of encouraging CMS to establish a national quality reporting system, we are pleased but not surprised by the number of ASCs taking advantage of this opportunity to demonstrate to CMS and Medicare beneficiaries the quality of care they provide.”
In order to successfully receive the full payment update for 2016, Medicare-certified facilities were required to collect and report data on 10 quality measures, including outcomes such as patient burns, patient falls, wrong site/side/patient/procedure/implant and hospital admissions or transfers. All of these measures have been endorsed by the National Quality Forum—a not-for-profit, nonpartisan, membership-based organization that works to catalyze improvements in health care.
“Quality of care continues to outweigh quantity of care as a marker of performance among health care providers,” said ASCA Chief Executive Officer William Prentice. “That is why the ASC community continues to support this program that not only affirms ASCs’ emphasis on quality of care, but gives patients more control over the decisions involved in the care they receive.”
Next year, in addition to the 10 quality measures reported in 2015, the ASC Quality Reporting Program will include a measure quantifying the number of patients who visited a hospital within seven days of a colonoscopy in an ASC. This measure, however, does not require ASCs to collect and report the data.
Visit the ASCA web site for further detail on Medicare’s quality reporting requirements.