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

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 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 the Medicare wage index and payment for device-intensive surgical procedures. We also challenged CMS’ reclassification of ophthalmic procedures.
As OOSS members know, CMS withdrew ASC-11 as a mandatory ASC reporting measure, but is proposing to maintain it for purposes of voluntary reporting.  We have urged its outright repeal for both mandatory and voluntary reporting.
OOSS also joined ASCRS in the submission of comments to CMS on policies relating to the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule.
OOSS’ comments to CMS on the ASC rule may be reviewed at: ASC_Rule_Comments_9_2_14.pdf

Our joint comments with ASCRS on the proposed Medicare Fee Schedule rule may be reviewed at: ASCRS_OOSS_2015_MFS_Comments.pdf
For more information, contact OOSS Washington Counsel, Michael Romansky, at mromansky@OOSS.org.

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