CMS Releases ASC Quality Reporting Manual
CMS has released its manual for the ASC quality reporting program, which provides detailed information on how ASCs should report information to CMS, according to an ASC Association release.
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 implemented a safe surgery checklist by Jan. 1, 2012. This change would allow more ASCs to report the use of a checklist in 2012.
The ASC Association continues to work with CMS as implementation of ASC quality reporting continues.
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