USING DATA TO DOCUMENT ASC CARE
Because ASCs can perform services efficiently with lower costs than hospital settings, Medicare reimburses ASCs at a lower rate than hospital outpatient departments (HOPDs). As a result, Medicare and its beneficiaries save more than $2.3 billion each year when patients have preventive and recommended surgical procedures at ASCs instead of other outpatient surgical facilities such as HOPDs, according to Advancing Surgical Care.
The Ambulatory Surgical Center Quality Reporting (ASCQR) program, implemented by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), requires ASCs that provide care to Medicare beneficiaries to report data on certain measures of clinical quality. The measures align with CMS Quality Strategic priorities, including safety and readmissions.
ASCQR data is publicly reported, enabling Medicare, patients and consumers to find and compare the quality of care provided at ASCs. The data offers benchmarks to help ASCs compare themselves against industry standards and uncover areas where they can improve their performance.