May 2, 2012
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released its manual for the ASC quality reporting program (download the manual on ASCA Connect). The manual provides detailed information on how ASCs should report information to CMS.
Of note, the manual indicates that ASCs that used a safe surgery checklist based on accepted standards of practice at any time during 2012 can answer “yes” when they report whether they used a safe surgery checklist during the year. Previously, CMS had indicated that ASCs would be able to answer "yes" only if they had a safe surgery checklist in place on January 1, 2012. This change will allow more ASCs to be able to report that they used a checklist in 2012.
ASCA will continue to work with CMS as implementation of the new ASC quality reporting program continues. Visit the Quality Reporting page for more information about the program. Also, make certain you are registered for ASCA 2012 in Dallas, Texas, May 9-12. Several sessions at that meeting, including one being presented by CMS quality reporting expert Anita Bhatia, will provide up-to-the minute information and advice about complying with the new program requirements.
In addition, ASCA will be offering two free webinars about quality reporting. The first webinar, Quality Measure Reporting in 2012, will be Tuesday, June 5, 2012, and the second, Quality Measure Reporting, will be Thursday, September 6, 2012.