4 things to know about quality, safety improvement in ASCs in 2018


Here are five key insights on quality and safety improvements for ASCs:

1. Rise of antimicrobial drug resistant organisms could pose risk for ASCs
Relias Media detailed the potential risk antimicrobial drug resistant organisms could pose to ASCs. Antimicrobial resistance from bacteria such as Staphylococcus aureus, Vancomycin-resistant Enterococci and Carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae is on the rise.

2. Study identifies five areas of safe injection practice improvement for ASCs, primary care providers
Research published in the American Journal of Infection Control detailed areas for ASCs to target to improve safe injection practices. Medication storage compliance rates were 68 percent for ASCs and 84 for primary care offices. Researchers concluded the findings indicated differences that needed to be addressed to ensure patient safety in both ASC and primary care settings.

3. How HIPAA has evolved and what ASCs can do to keep up

Becker's ASC Review spoke with Marty Puranik, the president and CEO of Orlando, Fla.-based Atlantic.Net, a HIPAA compliant hosting solutions provider about the changes affecting HIPAA, and how ASC administrators can prevent and respond to data breaches.

4. The eight ASC quality reporting measures CMS wants to remove
Within its proposed 2019 ASC and HOPD payment update, CMS also addressed the ASC Quality Reporting Program. The proposed updates would remove eight measures from the required reporting list for payment determination over the next few years, according to an ASCA report.




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