GAO calls for better Ambulatory Surgery Center data on HAIs

According to the Government Accounting Office (GAO), the Department of Health and Human Services should develop and implement a written plan to use the data collection instrument and methodology to conduct recurring periodic surveys of randomly selected Ambulatory Surgery Centers (ASC) in order to obtain information on the extent to which ASCs implement specific infection control practices that reduce the risk of transmitting HAIs to their patients.


According to the GAO report, the GAO identified five sources of data on HAIs in ASCs - two operated by HHS, two by professional organizations and one by a state government - all of which differ in the type of information they collect. In the report, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services concurred with the GAO’s recommendation.


(SOURCE: AHA News Now,, March 30, 2009)