Month: July 2015

Presidential hopeful and fellow ophthalmologist Sen. Rand Paul – an exclusive interview in July issue of Ophthalmology Management

July 10, 2015

Presidential hopeful and fellow ophthalmologist Sen. Rand Paul, in an exclusive interview in the July issue of Ophthalmology Management, talks about Obamacare, the government’s monetary rewards system for quality performance, why organized medicine should not be a “pushover” for government programs and his vision for U.S. health care. “Competition works,” says Dr. Paul. To read the rest,…

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CMS Soliciting Comments on Office-Based Cataract Surgery

July 9, 2015

In its proposed 2016 Medicare fee schedule regulation issued yesterday, CMS is soliciting information from interested stakeholders regarding the advisability of paying for cataract surgery in the office-based surgical suite. CMS cites a number of perceived advantages in implementing such a policy:  advancements in technology; patient convenience; flexibility in scheduling surgery; and, lower Medicare expenditures,…

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CMS Releases Proposed CY 2016 ASC Payment Regulation: 1.1 Percent ASC Update; Soliciting Comments on Unplanned Vitrectomy Quality Measure

July 1, 2015

On July 1, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued its proposed CY 2016 payment rate regulation for hospital outpatient departments (HOPD) and ambulatory surgery centers (ASC).  The proposed 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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