Year: 2014

MedPAC Staff Recommends Zero Update For Surgery Centers In 2016

December 19, 2014

On December 18, the staff to the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) recommended that ASCs be afforded no update in facility fees in 2016. 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 Symposium @ AAO Chicago

December 5, 2014

OOSS Symposium @ AAO Chicago October 18, 2014 Session Breakdown 12:40 to 12:50 pm Slides 1 – 8: Welcome and Introduction – Ralph Chu, MD, President of OOSS Steve Speares, VP Franchise Head, Alcon Laboratories, Inc Kent Jackson, PhD, Executive Director of OOSS Jeff Eckert, AIA 12:50 – 1:25 pm Slides 9 – 33: Washington…

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CMS Releases Final CY 2015 ASC Payment Regulation: Slightly Improved Update

November 3, 2014

On October 31, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued its final CY 2015 payment rate regulation for hospital outpatient departments (HOPD) and ambulatory surgery centers (ASC).  The highlights for ophthalmic ASCs: The 2015 rate proposal again contemplated an inflation update for ASCs based upon the Consumer Price Update –Urban (CPI-U), minus a…

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A Pioneering Eye Surgery Center Continues to Pioneer

October 3, 2014

October 3, 2014 Submitted by Albert Castillo, Director of Business and Financial Development for San Antonio Eye Center and Executive Director of South Texas Total Eye Care. To submit an article about your surgery center please email Kent Jackson, Executive Director, using the following link: Member Article San Antonio Eye Surgery Center opened its doors…

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OOSS Challenges CMS 2015 Proposed ASC Payment Rates, Urges CMS to Withdraw ASC-11 as a Voluntary Reporting Measure, and Joins ASCRS in Physician Payment Comments

September 2, 2014

On September 2, OOSS joined the AAO, ASCRS, the American Society of Retinal Specialists (ASRS), and Society for Excellence in Eyecare (SEE) in submitting comments to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) regarding its proposed 2015 ASC payment regulation.  As in past years, we strenuously objected to CMS’ use of the Consumer Price Index (Urban) as…

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OOSS Symposium 2014 at AAO

September 1, 2014

Register for the OOSS Symposium 2014 at AAO Chicago OOSS Luncheon & Symposium 2014 @ AAO Chicago Saturday, October 18, 2014 Room S505a/b McCormick Place Convention Center Level: Intermediate/Advanced Please RSVP for your entire team – Click Here The Entrepreneurial ASC: Embracing Policy, People, Possibilities and Planning (SPE24) Expert – Relevant – Entertaining Mike Romansky,…

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RSVP for Symposium 2014

September 1, 2014
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Local Eye Surgery Center Saves Medicare $1.2 Million

August 25, 2014

August 25, 2014 – Chippewa Falls, WI — Independent Surgery Center, LLC, opened its doors in Lake Hallie in the summer of 2011.  Since opening, facility fees charged by ISC have saved the Medicare System over $1.2 Million and patients over $250,000 in Medicare deductibles.  Independent Surgery Center, LLC, is one of more than 5,300 Ambulatory Surgery…

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CMS Releases Proposed CY 2015 ASC Payment Regulation: 1.2 Percent ASC Update; Revised ASC-11 Visual Function Measure Revised to Voluntary Reporting

July 3, 2014

On July 3, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued its proposed CY 2015 payment rate regulation for hospital outpatient departments (HOPD) and ambulatory surgery centers (ASC).  The proposal regulation will soon be published in the Federal Register, after which time OOSS and other interested parties will have an opportunity to submit public…

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How Do New Technologies Fit Within the CMS Rulings for Advanced Technology IOLs?

April 23, 2014

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) rulings for presbyopia-correcting IOLs (PC-IOLs) and astigmatism-correcting IOLs (AC-IOLs), collectively referred to as advanced technology IOLs (ATIOLs), clarified that these special lenses function to correct two distinct patient needs:  (1) aphakia induced by the removal of a cataract, and (2) the refractive errors associated with presbyopia or…

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