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ASCs Ready to Provide Better, More Useful Cost, Quality Information to Consumers

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The CEO of the Ambulatory Surgery Center Association, William Prentice, in a recent commentary, called for providers of similar services (Hospital Out-patient Departments (HOPDs) and Ambulatory Surgery Centers (ASCs)) collect the same quality data on specific procedures to facilitate like-for-like comparisons between providers. He also noted there needs to be much more done to make the reports accessible and user-friendly to patients. For example, under current regulation, ASCs are required to report when a patient’s medical condition requires him or her to be transferred from an ASC to a hospital. However, the reports would be far more valuable if they included a reason for the transfer that would help consumers differentiate between transfers that may have resulted from surgical complications and transfers that occurred because a patient presented a risk factor unrelated to their scheduled procedure, such as an irregular heart rate. Prentice believes ASCs are ready to do their part to provide better, more useful information about the cost and quality of care available to them.

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