ASCQR Program

Welcome to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Ambulatory Surgical Center Quality Reporting (ASCQR) Program. The ASCQR Program exists to promote higher quality, more efficient health care for Medicare beneficiaries through measurement. Under this program, quality data reporting requirements for care rendered in the ASC setting were implemented starting with claims submitted for services beginning October 1, 2012.

If you are new to the program or would like to learn more, please take a moment to review our website.

As the national support contractor for the ASCQR Program, the team at HSAG is available to answer questions or supply any additional information you may need. We invite you to join the Ambulatory Surgical Center ListServe at to receive notifications about program developments. We are committed to offering quality service in a timely and effective manner. Please contact us at or call us toll-free at 866.800.8756 from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET with any comments, suggestions, or concerns you may have.

CY 2018 OPPS/ASC Proposed Rule published, open for comment

Proposed changes to the Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) and Ambulatory Surgical Center (ASC) Payment System for Calendar Year (CY) 2018 have been published and are available for public comment. These changes are detailed in the CY 2018 Proposed Rule, CMS-1678-P (PDF). Proposed changes affecting the ASC Quality Reporting (ASCQR) Program begin on page 33685 of the Federal Register and page 128 of the PDF. For a synopsis of the Proposed Rule, please see the fact sheet available at

CMS urges the Hospital OQR and ASC communities to participate in the Proposed Rule comment process. Public comments are vital, informing the finalization of program proposals for the CY 2018 OPPS/ASC Final Rule. Comments are due by September 11 at 5 p.m. Eastern Time and can be made at