CMS Mandates the Use of a Surgical Checklist in Ambulatory Surgery Centers In the 2012 ASC payment rule published last year, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) outlined its requirements for a new ASC quality reporting program. While the quality measure reporting requirements do not take effect until October 1, 2012, a requirement that all ASC’s begin using a standard surgical checklist was implemented as of January 1, 2012 and will be taken into account for determining whether the ASC will be subject to a 2 percent penalty in future years. ASC’s must attest later this year that they were using such a list. CMS did not dictate any specific checklist but cited the WHO document as one example of a recommended list. Checklist Boards Corporation has developed several different designs that have been put in use at ASCs around the country. Each design was created with input from the facility, and focused to drive improvements in patient outcomes.
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