CMS Grants Quality Reporting Exemptions for ASCs Affected By Harvey and Irma

September 15, 2017

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced it will grant exceptions for Medicare quality reporting requirements to ASCs in areas affected by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, according to the Ambulatory Surgery Center Association (ASCA).

ASCs will receive exceptions without having to submit an extraordinary circumstances exception (ECE) request if they are located in counties, parishes, municipios or county-equivalents designated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) as a major disaster location.

As CMS memos on Harvey and Irma note, ASCs located in these areas will receive an exception for the following reporting requirements under the Ambulatory Surgical Center Quality Reporting Program:

  • Data collection and submission requirements that apply for the remainder of Calendar Year (CY) 2017 and the 2017/2018 Influenza Season that relate to CY 2019 payment determinations. These exemptions apply to all data submitted via the QualityNet Secure Portal and the National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) web-based measure collection tools that are due May 15, 2018, including claims-based measures calculated from submitted Quality Data Codes (QDCs). This exemption does not apply to claims-based measures that do not utilize QDCs for calculation purposes.

ASCs located outside of the designated areas may submit ECE requests based on individual circumstances.

Read ASCA’s announcements, which provide additional information and identify FEMA-designated areas, on Harvey here and Irma here.

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