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Consumers Lack Quality of Care Information for ASCs

Modern Healthcare writes: Ambulatory surgery centers are scrambling to develop better quality measures for their care. With more surgeries now performed in outpatient settings than in hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers have few ways to demonstrate the quality of care they can offer patients. About 60% of surgeries once performed in a hospital are now performed in an ambulatory setting and the number of measures officially sanctioned by the CMS is getting smaller instead of larger. The agency only required ASCs to report four measures this year as part of its Quality Reporting Program—or otherwise face a 2% Medicare payment penalty for 2021—which is actually half the number of measures ASCs had to report in 2017 for payment this year. The low number of measures leaves consumers seeking care in outpatient surgery centers largely in the dark about the quality of care they will receive.

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