Starting in October 2012, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) implemented mandatory reporting of quality data from ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs). Centers who fail to do this reporting will face future Medicare payment reductions.
The following quality indicators are reported to CMS through the addition of Quality Data Codes (QDC’s) onto Medicare bills:
- Wrong Site Surgery
- Patient Burns
- Patient Falls
- Hospital Admissions
- IV Antibiotic Timing
In addition to the Quality Data Code reporting, ambulatory surgery centers were also required to report on two additional measures:
- Use of a Safe Surgical Checklist on 2012 cases
- Volumes of a select group of procedures by specialty performed during 2012
These two measures are reported through QualityNet, the CMS internet-based reporting system for quality measures. In order to ease the reporting burden on AMSURG centers, the Quality Staff in Nashville enrolled AMSURG as a vendor for all of the AMSURG centers. This enabled Corporate personnel to enter the data for the centers. Ongoing support and education is provided to the centers regarding the mandatory quality measures.
For more information on AMSURG ASC Quality Reporting, please email Vice President of Clinical Quality, Kathy Wilson.