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Month: December 2013

MedPAC Staff Recommends Zero Update for Surgery Centers in 2015

December 13, 2013

On December 12, the staff to the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) recommended that ASCs be afforded no update in facility fees in 2015.  MedPAC staff also recommended that facilities be subject to some form of Medicare cost reporting. The Commission will take up the staff recommendations in January. Because access to ASC services continues…

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OOSS Critical of New Quality Measure and Patient Experience Survey

December 12, 2013

ASC Reporting on Cataract Patient Visits to Hospital On December 9, OOSS – with ASCRS, AAO, and ASRS signing on — filed comments strenuously urging the Measures Application Partnership (MAP) – a joint venture convened by the National Quality Forum (NQF) to provide input to CMS on selecting performance measures for public reporting and performance-based…

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Swift Victory for Ophthalmic ASCs

December 12, 2013

CMS AND MAP WITHDRAW MEASURE TO REQUIRE ASC REPORTING ON POST-CATARACT VISITS TO  HOSPITAL Yesterday, OOSS reported that the Measures Application Partnership would consider this week a quality measure that would have required reporting of “the combined rate of unplanned admissions, emergency department visits, and observation stays among Medicare FFS beneficiaries within 7 days after…

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