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ASC Pay-for-Performance Program Coming Soon

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently issued a report to Congress on a Medicare Ambulatory Surgical Center (ASC) Value-Based Purchasing (VBP) Implementation Plan, as required by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA).

In this report, HHS sets forth a “roadmap” for ASC VBP implementation which discusses the various issues which must be considered. While the current legislation only gives HHS the authority to impose penalties for failure to report, HHS’ plan presumes that Congress will also grant authority to award better outcomes, value and innovation. The report indicates that the failure to report data could result in a 2% reduction, while, subject to the granting of Congressional authority, ASCs meeting quality targets would see increases in reimbursement. The program may also be structured to reward low performers who demonstrate improvement.

In structuring the ASC VBP, HHS will look to the current quality reporting programs for hospitals and physicians.

The full report can be accessed here: http://www.cms.gov/ASCPayment/Downloads/C_ASC_RTC%202011.pdf

For more information on ASC conditions of participation, reimbursement, and compliance, please contact a Wachler & Associates attorney at 248-544-0888.