The ASC Quality Collaboration (ASC QC) was formed in 2006, bringing together leaders from both the ambulatory surgery center (ASC) industry and organizations with a focus on healthcare quality and safety. Today, our efforts are focused in the following areas:
Working together, participants in the ASC QC develop standardized quality measures appropriate to ASCs. To date, six of these measures have been endorsed by the National Quality Forum. Both a brief summary and a detailed guide to the measures are available.
Public Reporting of Quality Data
The ASC QC strongly supports public reporting of quality data. Our commitment to public reporting is reflected in our online publication of a free quarterly report of ASC quality data, made possible entirely through the voluntary efforts of our participants.
Advancing ASC Quality
To support the ASC industry's focus on high quality care, the ASC Quality Collaboration is assembling ASC Tools for Infection Prevention (ASC TIPs), that can be used to supplement current infection prevention practices.
The Tax Relief and Health Care Act of 2006 (TRHCA) allows the federal government to develop a quality measure reporting system for ASCs. We advocate for a system that provides meaningful information for stakeholders while imposing minimal administrative burden for ASCs.