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Registering security administrator may take 6 weeks

Between July 1 and Aug. 15, 2013, ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) that provide services to Medicare beneficiaries must report 2012 volume data for certain procedures and verify their use of a safe surgery checklist during 2012 to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), according to the ASC Association. ASCs that fail to report this information will face payment reductions from Medicare in 2015, the association said.

ASCs must report this information via Medicare’s QualityNet web site at https://www.qualitynet.org.

Before your ASC can use the QualityNet web site to file the reports required between July 1 and Aug. 15, your ASC must register a QualityNet security administrator, the ASCA said. Responsibilities of the ASC’s QualityNet Security Administrator include:

• creating, approving, editing, and terminating QualityNet user accounts within your ASC;

• monitoring QualityNet usage at your ASC to ensure that security and confidentiality is maintained;

• serving as a point of contact at your organization for information regarding QualityNet.

To register a security administrator, ASCs must first complete and return via mail the QualityNet Security Administrator Registration Packet at http://bit.ly/18ZtRx5. The registration process could take six weeks to complete, so now is the time to act if your ASC has not registered a security administrator, the ASCA warned. CMS recommends that each ASC designate two people as QualityNet security administrators: one to serve as the primary security administrator, and the other to act as an alternate.

The QualityNet security administration registration form must be signed and dated before a notary public, and the notary must complete a special section on the form, including a signature and seal. ASCs need to mail these original forms to the QualityNet program support contractor. You will be notified by email when the registration process is complete. For more information on Medicare’s entire ASC quality reporting program, go to http://www.ascassociation.org/qualityreporting.