OOSS CHALLENGES CMS’ 2017 PROPOSED ASC PAYMENT RATES

On August 31, OOSS joined ASCRS and the Society for Excellence in Eyecare (SEE) in submitting comments to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) regarding its proposed 2017 ASC payment regulation.

As in past years, we strenuously objected to CMS’ use of the Consumer Price Index (Urban) as the update factor for ASCs, urging instead that facilities be afforded the Hospital Market Basket, which is used to update hospital outpatient department payment rates and is typically about a point higher.  The ophthalmic ASC community also urged CMS to utilize the same reimbursement policies for ASCs and HOPDs with respect to its proposed reclassification of ophthalmic procedures and payment for device-intensive surgical procedures.

We are also supporting proposed new ASC quality measures on unplanned anterior vitrectomies and TASS, which were developed by the ASC Quality Collaboration (on whose Board OOSS sits).

To review our comments to CMS on the ASC Rule, please CLICK HERE.

For more information, contact OOSS Washington Counsel, Michael Romansky, at mromansky@OOSS.org

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