ASA and SAMBA Solicit Ambulatory Anesthesia Measure Concepts

The American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) and the Society for Ambulatory Anesthesia (SAMBA) invite physician anesthesiologists, clinicians and members of the public to submit measure concepts related to ambulatory anesthesia and/or suitable for the ambulatory or outpatient setting.

Please submit your measure concept(s) for consideration. You may submit multiple measure concepts by revisiting the link. The call for concepts closes on Tuesday, June 26, 2018, at 5 pm ET.

In 2018, ASA and SAMBA created a Technical Expert Panel (TEP) to develop evidence-based ambulatory anesthesia measures for quality improvement purposes and inclusion in government and other payment programs. Submitted measure concepts will be considered by the TEP and selected concepts will be developed and refined into quality measures for anesthesiologists and their practices to use. 

Quality measure reporting is essential for local quality improvement activities including benchmarking, and the success of physician anesthesiologists in federal payment programs such as the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS). Together, the ASA and SAMBA are dedicated to expanding the set of measures available for anesthesiologists practicing in the ambulatory setting to report. They invite members to submit measure concepts related to ambulatory anesthesia with a particular interest in the high-priority process or outcome measures.

For an overview of the measure development cycle and features of quality measurement, visit the CMS Quality Measure Development and Management Overview as well as the National Quality Forum.  

For questions, please visit the ASA Department of Quality and Regulatory Affairs (QRA) website or e-mail ASA staff at qra@asahq.org.

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