Ambulatory Surgery Centers (ASCs) Improve Participation, Results in Medicare Quality Reporting Progr

Ambulatory Surgery Centers (ASCs) Improve Participation, Results in Medicare Quality Reporting Program

WASHINGTON, DC, DECEMBER 20, 2016 — The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), on December 19, 2016, released its most recent ASC Quality Reporting Program data. The report shows that 99.81 percent of ASCs use a safe surgery checklist, indicating almost universal use of safe surgery practices during each of the three critical perioperative periods. Also, according to CMS, more than 96.8 percent of ASCs successfully fulfilled the reporting requirements and will receive the full annual payment update for calendar year (CY) 2017.

“After years of encouraging CMS to establish a national quality reporting system for ASCs, we are proud of the record level of participation and the extremely low percentages of adverse events found in the 2015 data,” said Rebecca Craig, president of the Ambulatory Surgery Center Association (ASCA).

“While it is well-established that ASCs are typically the lower cost provider of outpatient surgery for most Medicare and private pay patients, Medicare’s Ambulatory Surgical Center Quality Reporting (ASCQR) Program allows patients to access quality data on ASCs to improve their ability to make good decisions about where to receive the care they need, ” said ASCA Chief Executive Officer William Prentice.

Visit the ASCA web site for further detail on Medicare’s quality reporting requirements.