The Measure Applications Partnership has issued a draft recommendation supporting two additional measures in the Ambulatory Surgery Center Quality Reporting Program. The Partnership guides the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on performance measures.
The two measures, Unplanned Anterior Vitrectomy and Normothermia, received conditional support from the group. This recommendation means there is a reasonable possibility that CMS will include the two measures in its proposed payment rule this summer, the Ambulatory Surgery Center Association (ASCA) says.
The intent of the Unplanned Anterior Vitrectomy measure is to determine the number of cataract surgery patients (based on certain CPT codes) who had an unplanned anterior vitrectomy. The intent of the Normothermia measure is to capture the number of patients who had general or neuraxial anesthesia of 60 minutes or more in duration and are normothermic (body temperature equal to or greater than 96.8 F/36 C) within 15 minutes of arrival in the postoperative care unit.
To download the measure specifications, go to http://bit.ly/1GOu31I. You may download a sample Normothermia collection log also on that web page. This collection log is not required. These resources are available to ASCA non-members (with registration) and members.