Are These ASCQR Resources on Your List?

ASC quality reporting

The Ambulatory Surgical Center Quality Reporting (ASCQR) Program affects Medicare reimbursement for ASCs. In short, ASCs have to meet administrative, data collection, and data submission requirements to avoid a payment reduction. Here’s a look at some ASCQR resources recently listed in Outpatient Facility Coding Alert.

1. CMS ASCQR Page

The CMS ASCQR page links to the 2012 OPPS/ASC final rule and 2013 IPPS rule, which offer some historical insights into the program, including initial program requirements. You’ll also find a listing of measure by year.

You’ll get an idea of future goals for the program like aligning ASCQR with the quality reporting programs for other settings and keeping the focus on measures that support “improved health care outcomes, quality, safety, efficiency, and satisfaction for patients.”

2. QualityNet.org Pages

Spend a while exploring these Quality Net pages to be sure you get the most out of them. Here’s some of what you’ll find for ASCQR:

3. OASCAHPS.org

For a list of survey vendors qualified to administer the Outpatient and Ambulatory Surgery Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (OAS CAHPS), OASCAHPS.org is your site.

The plan was to require the survey as part of quality reporting beginning in 2018, but the 2018 proposed OPPS/ASC payment rule includes a plan to delay mandatory implementation. CMS is accepting comments until Sept. 11, 2017.

Administering the survey voluntarily would still be allowed. There are costs involved, so experts advise doing your research before you start. You can add your own questions, so experts also advise considering using this route to replace your own surveys.

What About You?

Do you have a favorite ASCQR resource to share? Is there a type of resource you wish you could find?

About 

Deborah concentrates on coding and compliance for radiology and cardiology, including the tricky world of interventional procedures, as well as oncology and hematology. Since joining The Coding Institute in 2004, she’s also covered the ins and outs of coding for orthopedics, audiology, skilled nursing facilities (SNFs), and more.

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