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CMS to Measure Safe Surgery Checklist Use

Hospitals and Surgery Centers to Report on Structural Measure

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This article announces that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is implementing a new quality reporting program for ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) and hospitals with a structural measure on the use of a safe surgery checklist. ASCs and hospitals will be expected to report annually whether or not staff used a safe surgery checklist during the prior year; those that do not report an annual yes or no response regarding use of a surgical checklist may be subject to a reduction in their annual payment update.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: September 1, 2012

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