Archived Events

  • Live Question and Answer Session for the 2017-2018 Influenza Season: Collecting Healthcare Personnel Influenza Vaccination Data

    Date: September 28, 2017
    Time(s): 1:00 PM ET

    Description:

    Note: This event is presented by CDC and is not sponsored by the ASCQR Program.

    Subject matter experts from CDC will be available to answer your questions on collecting and reporting these data through the National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN).

    Target Audience:

    Staff from ambulatory surgery centers who are reporting healthcare personnel (HCP) influenza vaccination summary data to the NHSN.

    Objectives:

    Each session is limited to 1,000 participants.

    For questions on HCP influenza vaccination summary reporting, please send an e-mail to: NHSN@cdc.gov and include “HPS Flu Summary” and your facility type in the subject line.  

  • Your Data Is Showing: Public Reporting for ASCs — 1 C.E.

    Date: September 27, 2017
    Time(s): 2:00 PM ET

    Description:

    Join us for an in-depth review of public reporting. We will be discussing the preview report and its contents, taking a tour of Hospital Compare, and explaining how to find your data.

    Target Audience:

    Individuals participation in quality reporting in the Ambulatory Surgical Center environment who wish to know more about the public reporting and display of their facility’s data.

    Objectives:

    • Identify the measures that are reported publicly for the ASCQR Program.
    • Access and interpret the preview report for their facility.
    • State the data timeline for public reporting.
    • Find their facility’s data on the Hospital Compare website.

    Event Documentation:

  • ASC: The CY 2018 OPPS/ASC Proposed Rule: For the ASCQR Program — 1 C.E.

    Date: August 3, 2017
    Time(s): 2:00 PM ET

    Description:

    The Program Lead from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will highlight developments slated for implementation in the CY 2018 Final Rule and how ASCs can provide input on program changes.

    Target Audience:

    Individuals interested in the updates, changes, modifications, and additions to the ASCQR Program as specified in the CY 2018 Proposed Rule.

    Objectives:

    • Locate the Calendar Year 2018 PPS/ASC Proposed Rule in the Federal Register Identify at least five common hurdles and possible solutions when reporting measures via the online submission tools
    • Identify the changes to the ASCQR Program as related to the Proposed Rule
    • Submit comments to CMS regarding the CY 2018 OPPS/ASC Proposed Rule

    Moderator(s):

    • Karen VanBourgondien
      RN, BSN - Education Coordinator, Outpatient Quality Reporting and Education Support Contractor

    Speaker(s):

    • Anita Bhatia
      PhD, MPH - Program Lead, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)

    Event Documentation:

  • ASC: The Question and Answer Show — 1 C.E.

    Date: June 28, 2017
    Time(s): 2:00 PM ET

    Description:

    This presentation will review some of the most frequently asked questions for the ASC Program. Join us for this scenario-based QA review and get your questions answered.

    Target Audience:

    Personnel working in the ASC setting interested in learning more about the measures required for the ASCQR Program.

    Objectives:

    • Describe some common difficulties when applying Quality Data Codes (QDCs)
    • Identify at least five common hurdles and possible solutions when reporting measures via the online submission tools
    • List resources available to help troubleshoot problems when reporting data

    Moderator(s):

    • Pam Harris
      RN, BSN - Project Coordinator, Outpatient Quality Reporting and Education Support Contractor

    Speaker(s):

    • Karen VanBourgondien
      RN, BSN - Project Coordinator, Outpatient Quality Reporting and Education Support Contractor

    Event Documentation:

  • ASC: Tools to Help You Build a Successful Reporting Program — 1 C.E.

    Date: April 26, 2017
    Time(s): 2:00 PM ET

    Description:

    Please join us as we explore various tools and resources that will help you to develop a successful reporting program. We will also discuss ways to circumvent common reporting problems and the benefits of the quality reporting for the ASC.

    Target Audience:

    Ambulatory surgical centers interested in optimizing quality reporting for the ASCQR Program.

    Objectives:

    • List tools available on the QualityNet website.
    • Identify common problems in reporting data via the National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) and ways to circumvent them.
    • Locate and use the tools located on the Quality Reporting Center website.
    • Describe the benefits of reporting quality data.

    Moderator(s):

    • Pam Harris RN, BSN
      Project Coordinator, Outpatient Quality Reporting and Education Support Contractor

    Speaker(s):

    • Karen VanBourgondien RN, BSN
      Education Coordinator, Outpatient Quality Reporting and Education Support Contractor

    Event Documentation:

  • ASC: Staying the Course: Sailing Toward Quality Reporting Success — 1 C.E.

    Date: March 22, 2017
    Time(s): 2:00 PM ET

    Description:

    Join us as we review the ASCQR Program requirements and troubleshoot some of the common barriers to data submission. We will discuss various resources and tools available to assist ASCs in achieving successful reporting.

    Target Audience:

    ASCs reporting quality measures to CMS.

    Moderator(s):

    • Karen VanBourgondien RN, BSN
      Project Coordinator, Outpatient Quality Reporting and Education Support Contractor

    Speaker(s):

    • Laurie Ciannamea, MBA
      Project Coordinator, Outpatient Quality Reporting and Education Support Contractor

    Event Documentation:

  • ASC: The Ins and Outs of Measure Submission Via a Web-Based Tool — 1 C.E.

    Date: February 22, 2017
    Time(s): 2 p.m. ET

    Event Documentation:

    Time:
    2:00 – 3:00 PM EST

    Join us to learn about the measures submitted via a web-based tool: what to report, how to submit data and when the measures are due. This is a great opportunity for those who have not reported measures via a web-based tool, or for those who just need a refresher.

    Target Audience:
    ASCs reporting quality measures to CMS via a web-based tool

    Moderator:

    Karen VanBourgondien RN, BSN
    Education Coordinator
    Outpatient Quality Reporting and Education Support Contractor

    Speaker:

    Laurie Ciannamea, MBA
    Project Coordinator
    Outpatient Quality Reporting and Education Support Contractor

    Documentation

  • ASC: Help, I’m New: The Why, Who, What, Where, and When of the ASCQR Program — 1 C.E.

    Date: January 25, 2017
    Time(s): 2 pm ET

    Event Documentation:

    Provide basic instruction for Program registration, measure location, and reporting of the ASCQR Program Requirements.

    Target Audience:
    Individuals in the Ambulatory Surgical Center setting reporting data for the ASCQR Program

    Moderator:

    Karen VanBourgondien RN, BSN
    Education Coordinator, Outpatient Quality Reporting and Education Support Contractor

    Speaker:

    Melissa Thompson, RN, BSN
    Project Nurse Manager, Outpatient Quality Reporting and Education Support Contractor

  • 2016

  • ASC 2017 Specifications Manual Update — 1 C.E.

    Date: December 15, 2016
    Time(s): 2 p.m. ET

    Event Documentation:

    This presentation will discuss all of the changes and updates to the Specifications Manual since January 2016. Measure experts will provide details on the changes and how this may affect the abstracting and reporting of the ASC measures.

    Time

    • 2:00 – 3:00 PM EST

    Target Audience: Individuals in the ambulatory surgical center setting reporting data for the ASC Program.

    Speaker(s):

    Jennifer Witt, RN
    Coordinator, Senior Health Informatics Solutions

    Marianna Gorbaty, MHSc, MSc
    Lead Program Analyst, Mathematica Policy Research

    Jacqueline Hudson, RN, CPHQ
    Specifications Manual Lead, Outpatient Quality Reporting and Education Support Contractor

    Moderator:

    Karen VanBourgondien, RN, BSN
    Education Coordinator, Outpatient Quality Reporting and Education Support Contractor

  • CY 2017 OPPS/ASC Final Rule: Ambulatory Surgical Center Quality Reporting (ASCQR) Program — 1 C.E.

    Date: November 30, 2016
    Time(s): 2 p.m. ET

    Event Documentation:

    Topic

    To provide information on the 2017 Final Rules Published in the Federal Registry and reporting requirements of the Ambulatory Surgical Center Quality Reporting (ASCQR) Program.

    Time

    • 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. ET

    Target Audience
    Facilities that are involved in submitting data for the Ambulatory Surgical Center community.

    Meeting Objectives

    • Find the CY 2017 OPPS/ASC Final Rule text
    • Recognize the measure changes to the Ambulatory Surgical Center Quality Reporting Program
    • Understand the changes and how they affect the ASC community

    Speakers:
    Anita Bhatia, PhD, MPH, Program Lead, ASCQR Program
    Elizabeth Goldstein, PhD, Director, Division of Consumer Assessment and Plan Performance

    Moderator:
    Karen VanBourgondien
    Education Coordinator, HSAG

  • ASC: Ambulatory Surgical Center Quality Reporting (ASCQR) Program Reconsideration Process, Calendar Year 2017 — 1 C.E.

    Date: November 7, 2016
    Time(s): 3:00 PM ET

    Event Documentation:

    Topic

    This webinar provides information regarding the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS’) ASCQR Program Reconsideration Process for the Calendar Year 2017 Payment Determination.

    Time

    • 3:00 – 4:00 PM EST

    Target Audience

    Individuals within the ASC setting who file reconsideration requests to CMS for their facilities.

    Speakers

    • James Poyer
      Director, Division of Value, Incentives and Quality Reporting
    • Reneé Parks
      Project Director, ASCQR Program
  • ASC: Influenza Vaccination Summary for ASCs — 1 C.E.

    Date: October 26, 2016
    Time(s): 2 p.m. ET

    Topic:
    This webinar will be presented by NHSN/CDC and will review the process for accessing and entering the NHSN/CDC on-line tool. They will review data entered and the verification process of that data as well as updated tips and tricks to the timely and effective reporting of the ASC-8 measure.

    Time:

    • 2:00 – 3:00 PM EST

    Objectives:

    • Provide an overview of the NHSN and the Vaccination Module
    • Describe reporting requirements for the Vaccination Module
    • Review entering data and data for the Vaccination Module and verification in NHSN

    Target Audience:
    Individuals within the Ambulatory Surgical Centers setting who report data to the NHSN/CDC and/or the ASC Quality Reporting Program.

    Speakers:
    Elizabeth Kalayil, MPH
    Public Health Analyst, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

    Parneet Ghuman, MPH
    Public Health Analyst, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

    Moderator:
    Karen VanBourgondien, BSN RN

    Documentation

  • ASC: Unlocking the Secrets of the Question and Answer (QA) Tool — 1 C.E.

    Date: September 21, 2016
    Time(s): 10:00 AM, 2:00 PM ET

    Description:

    This overview of the updated Question and Answer tool will describe how to find the tool, establish an account, submit questions about program requirements, and take advantage of the tool’s enhanced features.

    Target Audience:

    Facilities that are involved in submitting data for various Quality Reporting Programs to CMS.

    Objectives:

    • Locate the Q&A Site and Enter a Question
    • List the Information Necessary to initiate an Account
    • Describe the Various Tabs Found on the Q&A Page
    • Explain the Feedback Function on the Q&A Website

    Event Documentation:

    Speakers

    • Harold Neal Hicks III
      Business/Data Analyst

    Moderator

    • Pam Harris, BSN, RN
      Project Coordinator, Outpatient Quality Reporting Outreach and Education Support Contractor
  • ASC: CY 2017 OPPS/ASC Proposed Rule — 1 C.E.

    Date: July 27, 2016
    Time(s): 2 p.m. ET

    Event Documentation:

    Topic

    Lead representatives from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will highlight program developments slated for implementation in the 2017 Final Rule and how ASCs can provide input on program changes.

    Target Audience

    Individuals in the ASC setting who wish to learn the changes in the Hospital OQR Program for the 2017 OPPS/ASC Proposed Rule.

    Meeting Objectives

    • Find the CY 2017 OPPS/ASC Proposed Rule Text
    • Identify the Proposed Measure Changes to the Ambulatory Surgical Centers Quality Reporting (ASCQR) Program
    • Submit comments to CMS regarding the CY 2017 OPPS/ASC Proposed Rule

    Speaker

    • Anita Bhatia, PhD, MPH Program Lead, Ambulatory Surgical Center Quality Reporting (HOQR) Program
      Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)
    • Elizabeth Goldstein, PhD Director, Division of Consumer Assessment and Plan Performance
      Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)

    Moderator

    • Karen VanBourgondien, RN, BSN
      Project Coordinator, Outpatient Quality Reporting Outreach and Education Support Contractor
  • ASC: Racing to the Finish Line: Tracking to Improve Quality — 1 C.E.

    Date: May 25, 2016
    Time(s): 2 PM ET

    Event Documentation:

    Topic

    Our ASC quality improvement expert will present a data analysis of state and national ASCQR measure performance. She will also discuss the meaning and importance of data and how participants can utilize analysis results to improve quality within their organization.

    Target Audience

    Individuals reporting data for the ASCQR Program and who are interested in pursuing improvement within their organizations.

    Meeting Objectives:

    • Interpret data pertaining to the ASCQR Program
    • List at least three reasons for common errors in the reporting of measures for this program
    • Identify two reports to assist you in evaluating your facility’s performance
    • State the value of analyzing data to improve quality within your organization

    Speaker

    • Karen VanBourgondien, RN, BSN
      Project Coordinator, Outpatient Quality Reporting Outreach and Education Support Contractor

    Moderator

    • Pam Harris, RN
      Project Coordinator, Outpatient Quality Reporting Outreach and Education Support Contractor
  • ASC: More Pieces of the Puzzle – Troubleshooting Quality Data Codes (QDCs) — 1 C.E.

    Date: April 27, 2016
    Time(s): 2 PM ET

    Event Documentation:

    Topic: Part 2 of a two-part series, this presentation will focus on troubleshooting QDCs and the most common errors made in the reporting of these measures. We will review sample Remittance Advice and claim forms, and present interactive patient scenarios.

    Target Audience: Individuals working in the ASC community who want to expand their knowledge of the ASCQR Program and the interworkings of Quality Data Codes.

    Meeting Objectives:

    • List at least three ways to check your facility’s performance.
    • Identify the appropriate information necessary for the CMS-1500 Form.
    • Recognize resources available to assist facilities in successful reporting for this program.

    Speaker

    • Karen VanBourgondien, RN, BSN
      Project Coordinator, Outpatient Quality Reporting Outreach and Education Support Contractor

    Moderator

    • Pam Harris, RN
      Project Coordinator, Outpatient Quality Reporting Outreach and Education Support Contractor
  • ASC: Pieces of the Puzzle – Understanding Quality Data Codes — 1 C.E.

    Date: March 23, 2016
    Time(s): 2 PM ET

    Event Documentation:

    Topic: This will be part one of a two-part series discussing Quality Data Codes. Sample billing forms and tools to ensure successfully meeting this aspect of the program requirements will also be discussed.

    Target Audience: Facilities involved in quality reporting for the ASCQR Program as well as quality improvement objectives.

    Meeting Objectives:

    • List the claims-based measures associated with Quality Data Codes (QDCs)
    • Identify how many codes should be reported on each claim submitted
    • Identify at least three resources to check and verify QDC compliance

    Speaker

    • Karen VanBourgondien, RN, BSN
      Project Coordinator, Outpatient Quality Reporting Outreach and Education Support Contractor

    Moderator

    • Pam Harris, RN
      Project Coordinator, Outpatient Quality Reporting Outreach and Education Support Contractor
  • ASC: Making it Work: A Quality Reporting Toolkit for the ASCQR Program — 1 C.E.

    Date: February 24, 2016
    Time(s): 2 PM ET

    Event Documentation:

    Topic:  This presentation will discuss helpful hints and resources available to improve your success in the ASCQR Program.

    Target Audience:  Individuals in the ASC community involved with quality reporting and initiatives.

    Meeting Objectives:

    • List tools available for the ASCQR Program.
    • Locate and access tools and resources for the program.
    • Identify how to use and apply tools and resources for the program.

    Speaker

    • Mary Ellen Wiegand, RN, LHRM, CASC, CNOR
      Project Coordinator, Outpatient Quality Reporting Outreach and Education Support Contractor  

    Moderator

    • Karen VanBourgondien, RN, BSN
      Project Coordinator, Outpatient Quality Reporting Outreach and Education Support Contractor 

     

  • ASC: 2016 Specifications Manual Updates — 1 C.E.

    Date: January 27, 2016
    Time(s): 2 PM ET

    Topic: This presentation will review the ASC Specifications Manual updates through version 5.0a .

    Target Audience: ASC population involved in quality improvement and quality reporting for CMS.

    Meeting Objectives:

    • Identify changes to the Specifications Manuals.
    • Describe changes in the Measure Information Forms.
    • Locate and access the Specifications Manuals for the ASCQR Program.

    Speaker

    • Bob Dickerson, MSHSA, RRT
    • Angela Merrill, PhD
    • Nina Rose, MA

    Moderator

    • Mary Ellen Wiegand, RN
      Project Coordinator, HSAG

    Documentation

  • 2015

  • ASC: The Lifecycle of Healthcare Quality Measures — 1 C.E.

    Date: December 16, 2015
    Time(s): 10 AM ET and 2 PM ET ET

    Topic: This presentation discusses the process in which Quality Measures are initiated and implemented and how the public and healthcare entities can impact the Quality Measures and their implementation.

    Target Audience: Individuals working in a health care setting in varying capacities involved in quality improvement initiatives and/or reporting.

    Meeting Objectives:

    • Recognize the historical and legislative context of CMS hospital quality reporting programs.
    • Describe how the National Quality Strategy frames the CMS Measures Management System.
    • Summarize the five stages of the CMS quality measure lifecycle.
    • Reflect upon opportunities to impact the CMS Measures Management System.
    • Identify quality measures in terms of structure, process, outcomes, and experience of care.

    Speaker

    • Elizabeth Bainger, MS, RN, CPQ
      Program Lead, Hospital OQR, CMS  

    Moderator

    • Karen VanBourgondien, RN
      Education Coordinator, HSAG 

    Documentation

  • ASC: CY 2016 OPPS/ASC Final Rule Webinar — 1 C.E.

    Date: December 9, 2015
    Time(s): 2:00 PM ET

    Topic: This presentation will be a discussion of the CY 2016 Final Rule as it relates to the ASCQR Program.

    Speaker

    • Anita Bhatia, PhD, MPH
      Program Lead ASCQR Program, CMS

    Moderator

    • Tamara Heron, Moderator
      Health Services Advisory Group (HSAG)

    Documentation

  • ASC: Telling Your Story-Public Reporting for the ASCQR Program — 1 C.E.

    Date: October 28, 2015
    Time(s): 2:00 PM ET

    Topic: This presentation will give the ASC community the “ins and outs” of public reporting.

    Speaker(s)

    • Karen VanBourgondien RN, BSN
      Project Coordinator

    Documentation

  • The ASCQR Program: Recipe for Success! — 1 C.E.

    Date: September 30, 2015
    Time(s): 2:00 PM ET

    Topic: This presentation is a tutorial for those new to the ASCQR program.

    Speaker(s)

    • Tamara Heron, MBA
      Project Coordinator

    Documentation

  • ASC: Ambulatory Surgical Center Quality Reporting Program Requirements: CY 2016 OPPS/ASC Proposed Rule — 1 C.E.

    Date: July 22, 2015
    Time(s): 2:00 PM ET

    Topic: Presented by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), this presentation will discuss the CY 2016 OPPS/ASC Proposed Rule and its implications for the ASCQR Program.

    Speaker(s)

    • Anita Bhatia, PhD, MPH
      Task Order Contracting Officer’s Representative, ASCQR Program

    Documentation

  • ASC: Understanding the Web-Based Measures for the ASCQR Program

    Date: May 27, 2015
    Time(s): 2:00 PM ET

    Topic: Review the web-based measures for the ASCQR Program, with a detailed focus on ASC-9 and ASC-10

    Speaker(s)

    • Karen VanBourgondien, BSN, RN
      Education Coordinator/HSAG

    Documentation

  • ASC: Influenza Vaccination of Healthcare Personnel — 1 C.E.

    Date: May 6, 2015
    Time(s): 3:00 PM ET

    Topic: A comprehensive presentation discussing the registration process and reporting of the ASC-8 measure, presented by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

    Speaker(s)

    • Amy Webb, MPH
      Public Health Analyst, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
    • Elizabeth Kalayil, MPH
      Public Health Analyst, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

    Documentation

  • ASC: Ambulatory Surgical Center Quality Reporting (ASCQR) Program 2015 Specifications Manual, Version 4.0a — 1 C.E.

    Date: February 4, 2015
    Time(s): 10:00 AM and 2:00 PM ET

    Topic: A collaborative effort of HSAG, Mathematica, Telligen, and Yale, this presentation reviews the new Ambulatory Surgical Center Quality Reporting measures and updates to the ASCQR Specifications Manual, Version 4.0a

    Speaker(s)

    • Reneè Parks, BSN, RN
      Project Lead, Ambulatory Surgical Center Quality Reporting Outreach and Education Support Contractor

    Documentation

  • 2014

  • ASC: CY 2015 OPPS/ASC Final Rule — 1 C.E.

    Date: December 5, 2014
    Time(s): ET

  • ASC: Secure File Transfer and QualityNet Reports — 1 C.E.

    Date: October 22, 2014
    Time(s): ET

  • ASC: ASCQR Program Requirements: CY 2015 OPPS/ASC Proposed Rule — 1 C.E.

    Date: July 23, 2014
    Time(s): ET

  • ASC: What Have We Learned? 2013 Data Analysis from the Ambulatory Surgical Center Quality Reporting (ASCQR) Program — 1 C.E.

    Date: April 23, 2014
    Time(s): ET

  • ASC: Added Measures and Updates for the Ambulatory Surgical Center Quality Reporting (ASCQR) Program 2014 Specifications Manual, Version 3.0a — 1 C.E.

    Date: February 5, 2014
    Time(s): ET

  • 2013

  • ASC: Ambulatory Surgical Center (ASC) Quality Reporting Requirements: Calendar Year 2014 OPPS/ASC Final Rule — 1 C.E.

    Date: December 18, 2013
    Time(s): ET

  • ASC: Ambulatory Surgical Center (ASC) National Provider Secure Portal Technical Call — 1 C.E.

    Date: July 31, 2013
    Time(s): ET

  • ASC: Ambulatory Surgical Center (ASC) Quality Reporting Requirements: CY 2014 Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS)/ASC Proposed Rule with Comment Period — 1 C.E.

    Date: July 24, 2013
    Time(s): ET

  • ASC: Quality Reporting Cram Session: Web-Based Measures, Initial Data Review, and the Reconsideration Process — 1 C.E.

    Date: June 5, 2013
    Time(s): ET

  • ASC: Navigating QualityNet: Where to Find What You Need When You Need It — 1 C.E.

    Date: February 27, 2013
    Time(s): ET