Value-Based Payment Rules May Be Bound for ASCs
The HHS report to Congress mentions that the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission in 2010 expressed its concern to Congress with "further postponing the implementation of ASC Medicare quality data reporting."
It said, "in recent years, ASCs have rapidly become a critical component of the U.S. healthcare system by improving access to care and providing surgical procedures.
MedPAC also said it would be "technically feasible without imposing an undue administrative burden to begin quality data reporting in 2010. In addition, MedPAC concluded that ASCs have the technical capacity to report on facility-level quality measures which the ASC Quality Collaborationsupports and have the endorsement of the National Quality Forum."
The HHS report to Congress lists the top 20 surgical procedures by volume at ASC in 2009. Nearly one-third, 32.1% dealt with the eye, such as laser surgery on the eye or cataract surgery, and nearly another third, 32.7% involved gastrointestinal procedures such as colonoscopies or upper GI endoscopies and biopsies. Nervous system procedures comprised 19%, musculoskeletal procedures 6.6% and genitourinary surgeries, 3.7%.
Cheryl Clark is senior quality editor and California correspondent for HealthLeaders Media. She is a member of the Association of Health Care Journalists.
- Antibiotic Overuse a 'Huge Threat' to Patient Safety, Says CDC
- 3 Traits Personality Assessments Can't Reveal
- Consumerism Drives Healthcare Branding, Rebranding Efforts
- CHS Hacked, 4.5M Patient Records Compromised
- PA Ranks See 'Phenomenal Growth,' Lack of Diversity
- Business Roundup: M&A Activity Down Slightly in First Half of 2014
- CFO Exchange: Healthcare Leaders Share 5 Innovative Ideas
- CFO Exchange: Smartphones Poised to Disrupt Healthcare, Says Topol
- Large Employers Trimming Healthcare Spending
- 3 Things the Ice Bucket Challenge Can Teach Hospital Marketers