compete and opening themselves to transparency can give them an edge in a healthcare market that traditionally resists public disclosure. From touring many ASCs across the country, I have seen firsthand that ASCs can offer a unique deliv- ery system for patients that provides the potential for a better experience at a reduced price. I also have been impressed with ASC leaders’ openness and determination to hold themselves to high standards.

A New Opportunity: The Leapfrog ASC Survey The Leapfrog ASC Survey launched on April 1 and will remain open to submissions and updates until November 30, 2019. It is a quick and powerful tool ASCs can use to dem- onstrate transparency and compete. In 2019, data collected by Leapfrog from ASCs and similar information collected from

hospital outpatient

departments (HOPD) will be aggre- gated in a national report as well as made available through benchmark- ing reports to individual facilities that complete the survey. The data will not be publicly reported by facility until next year’s survey. Beginning with the 2020 survey, ASC and HOPD results will be pub- licly reported by facility and likely incorporated in value-based purchas- ing programs. Leapfrog data on hos- pitals is used by an extensive network of national and regional health plans and made available to the public and individual employers for public report- ing, as well as value-based purchasing strategies like network tiering, identi- fication of centers of excellence and contracting incentives and penalties. Leapfrog’s independence is what

makes reporting to us the gold stan- dard in healthcare transparency— far more credible than marketing or advertising—and much less expensive, because Leapfrog is free.


Transparency has momentum today and gives ASCs a chance to stand out and make their case.”

— Leah Binder The Leapfrog Group

Unfortunately, in the past, there

have been few, if any, other opportuni- ties for ASCs to independently report their quality and safety data for the purpose of public reporting. For exam- ple, the Centers for Medicare & Med- icaid Services (CMS) has only two performance measures used in federal


Visit ASCA’s website every week to stay up to date on the latest government affairs news affecting the ASC industry. Every week, ASCA’s Government Affairs Update newsletter is posted online for ASCA members to read. The weekly newsletter tracks and analyzes the latest legislative and regulatory developments concerning ASCs. GovtAffairsUpdate

payment programs, but it has dozens for hospitals. The Leapfrog ASC Survey asks about the safety and quality of ambu- latory and outpatient procedures. This includes information about medical, surgical and clinical staff; volume and safety of procedures; patient safety prac- tices; and patient experience. Alongside the ASC Survey, Leapfrog launched a new section of the Leapfrog Hospital Survey for Outpatient Procedures that mirrors what is asked of ASCs. ASCs that complete the Leapfrog

ASC Survey this year can get famil- iar with the questions and submit feedback before results are publicly reported in 2020. Additionally, ASCs will likely find the survey to be a help- ful performance improvement tool that can serve as a checklist on best prac- tices reflecting the latest protocols and scientific evidence. Like all of Leapfrog’s programs,

the ASC Survey’s measures are evi- dence-based and grounded in the latest science, developed with guidance from Leapfrog’s national expert panel and the Johns Hopkins Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality. Leapfrog has traditionally reported on inpatient hospital quality and safety and, today, almost 70 percent of all hos- pital beds in the US are represented in the Leapfrog Hospital Survey. Now ASCs have the opportunity to make their case in full view of employers and other purchasers of health benefits that use Leapfrog for value-based purchas- ing and employee communications. Transparency has momentum today

and gives ASCs a chance to stand out and make their case. We look forward to working with ASCs to bring candor and openness to American healthcare. For more information, visit www.

Leah Binder is the president and chief executive officer of The Leapfrog Group in Washington, DC. Write her at info@

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