• Comments to CMS 9/16/21

  • ASC Quality Reporting Program Deadline

    On a call with ASC Quality Reporting (ASCQR) Program support staff in the week of April 12, it was learned that 2,000 ASCs still have not registered to report their Medicare quality data and the registration process can take several weeks. As a reminder, ASCs that fail to report by the deadline are subject to a 2 percent cut to their fee-for-service (FFS) Medicare reimbursements for the following year. All ASCs that plan to submit quality data but have not yet registered need to do so immediately so that they can meet the reporting deadline in May.

    Your facility must have an active registered HCQIS Access Roles and Profile (HARP) account (either a Basic User or a Security Official) to enter data using the Web-Based Data Submission Tool on the Hospital Quality Reporting website. If your facility has no such active accounts, it will be necessary to create a Security Official (SO) account. Security Official is the new name for Security Administrator—the responsibilities have not changed, just the name.

    You must have both your CMS Certification Number (CCN) and National Provider Identifier (NPI) on your form, and individuals can no longer self-authorize, meaning you will need to have another individual at your facility (e.g., an administrator, director of nursing or medical director) also sign the form. It is our understanding that these two errors—not providing both the CCN and NPI and not having another person authorize the SO—are delaying the process. Once you are authorized as the SO, you can then go in and add others who can also report. It is recommended that facilities have at least two active SOs for backup purposes.

    As a reminder, the deadline for submitting ASCQR Program data is May 17, 2021, because May 15 falls on a Saturday this year. That means the reporting deadline for ASCs is just about one month away. If you need assistance, please call the QualityNet Help Desk at 866.288.8912 or contact ASCQR Program Support through the Quality Question and Answer Tool.

  • ASC Quality Collaboration Selects New Executive Director
  • CMS 2021 Final Payment Rule
    CMS released the 2021 final payment rule for ASCs in December of 2020. CMS is not removing any current measures or adopting any new measures for the calendar year 2023 payment determinations. A copy of the Comment Letter submitted by the ASCQC is attached for reference.