CMS Finalizes Deadline for Ambulatory Surgery Center Reporting of Influenza Process of Care Measure ASC-8

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October 1, 2014, began the period of reporting for ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) relating to ASC-8: Influenza Vaccination Coverage among Healthcare Personnel, one of the 10 the measures included in 2015 for Medicare's ASC Quality Reporting Program.

ASC-8 requires that facilities report the vaccination status of their healthcare workers and other persons providing services at the facility. Details of the reporting requirements can be found in this Becker's ASC Review column by infection prevention expert Phenelle Segal.

Prior to October 1, ASCs were to enroll in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) data program known as the National Health Safety Network (NHSN), a secure, Internet-based surveillance system. As it takes a few weeks to a month to complete enrollment, if ASCs have not yet enrolled, they face potential non-compliance issues.

In Medicare's final 2015 ASC payment rule, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) finalized the May 15, 2015 reporting deadline for ASC-8.

The Ebola frenzy has more than likely played a role in the slowdown of enrolment and subsequent data entry, with the ASC Association reporting that less than 1,000 ASCs (out of more than 5,300 Medicare-certified facilities) have registered for NHSN so far.

Phenelle Segal, president of Infection Control Consulting Services, recommends that ASC administrators who have not yet begun this process do so as soon as possible. If facilities would like assistance with this process, contact ICCS at 215-692-3485 or e-mail info@iccs-home.com.

Phenelle Segal, RN, CIC, FAPIC

Phenelle Segal, RN, CIC, FAPIC, is the founder and president of Infection Control Consulting Services LLC (ICCS). Phenelle has more than 30 years' experience providing customized comprehensive infection control and prevention services to healthcare facilities nationwide. Her services focus on assisting hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers, dental office and oral surgery practices, doctor's offices, nursing homes and other organizations with implementing and maintaining an infection control program that: complies with The Joint Commission, AAAHC, Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) and other regulatory agencies; respond to situations of noncompliance; and improve the processes for reducing risk.