Medicare's ASC Quality Reporting Program

In 2006, the ASC community began encouraging CMS to establish a uniform quality reporting system that would allow ASCs to publicly demonstrate their performance on quality measures. CMS listened and implemented a quality reporting program for ASCs that began on October 1, 2012. Since then, ASCA has strongly encouraged the reporting of this data to beneficiaries and the public.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released data on the Ambulatory Surgery Center Quality Reporting (ASCQR) Program’s Safe Surgery Checklist Use (ASC-6) on October 8, 2015. The data, collected in 2012 and made public on, shows that 99 percent of all Medicare-certified ASCs use a Safe Surgery Checklist in their facility.

For ASC-6, ASCs are required to report the use of a safe surgery checklist for all patients, not just those covered by Medicare. The safe surgery checklist must indicate that ASCs have implemented safe surgery practices during each of the three critical perioperative periods: prior to administering anesthesia, prior to skin incision and during closure of incision, and prior to patient leaving the operating room.