ASC Data Collection for CMS Delayed to April 1

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The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has delayed data collection for three new quality measures that were finalized for inclusion in the Ambulatory Surgical Center Quality Reporting Program, according to an Ambulatory Surgery Center Association of Illinois report.

The data collection will be delayed until April 1, 2014 for these three measures:

•    Endoscopy/Poly Surveillance: Appropriate follow-up interval for normal colonoscopy in average risk patients
•    Endoscopy/Poly surveillance: Colonoscopy interval for patients with a history of adenomatous polyps — avoidance of inappropriate use
•    Cataracts: Improvement in patient's visual function within 90 days following cataract surgery

ASCs still need to report data from this year, but instead of reporting for all 12 months only patient encounters from April 1 to Dec. 31 should be included, according to the report.

CMS has also released an addendum to the ASCQR Specifications Manual to reflect the changes made in the 2014 ASC Final Payment Rule.

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