Quality Data Code (QDC) Registry Open Now.

All Ambulatory Surgical Centers (ASCs) are asked by Medicare to participate in Quality Data Code (QDC) reporting. Reporting for the measures is handled in two parts, the second of which is now open after a brief delay. More on this below.

 Part 1: “G” codes

As of October 1, 2012, ALL Medicare ASC claims were to be reported along with “G” codes. The codes are used to report any adverse events that occur, hospital admissions/transfers, and whether any IV antibiotics were ordered/used. These “G” codes carry no Relative Value Units (RVUs), which means they are not reimbursable. The use of the codes on your claims indicates your participation in the QDC reporting program, and no additional registration is required.

Part 2: Registry Reporting

The second part is the reporting via registry (www.qualitynet.org) on measures ASC-6 and ASC-7, and covers data from January 1, 2012 through December 31, 2012.

  • ASC-6: Safe Surgery Checklist Use. Simple yes or no to the question, “Does/did your facility use a safe surgery checklist based on accepted standards of practice during the designated period?”
  • ASC-7: ASC Facility Volume Data on Selected ASC Surgical Procedures. For a specific set of CPT codes, report the total number of times they were performed during the reporting period.

This information was to be reported during the time period of July 1, 2013 through August 15, 2013. That window was changed near July 1 due to technical issues with QualityNet, and they opened the registry for reporting on July 9. They only extended the deadline to August 18, despite the delay. If you haven’t logged in to the Quality Net portal, do not wait until August 18 to allow for any potential technical issues to be worked out.

No RVU – Why Participate?

If an ASC does not participate in the QDC program, they face a 2% reduction in Medicare fee schedule. This reduction begins in 2014, and is significant when put in line with the 2% sequestration cut. If time is money and you are spending time without any additional return, it can become frustrating to maintain. In Charge Office Solutions is set up to easily report these measures for our clients, ensuring they receive the highest reimbursement possible without additional burden to your facility.

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