Posts by Shompton Hostmaster

Leveling The Playing Field: Budget Legislation Will Limit Payments to Hospitals That Acquire Surgery Centers and Physician Practices

As you are aware, Congressional leaders and President Obama have announced a bipartisan agreement to fund the government for two years, raise the debt ceiling, and avoid premium increases for Medicare beneficiaries. Of particular significance to the ASC industry is a provision — which OOSS strongly supports — that would place a moratorium on hospitals…

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CMS Releases Disappointing Final CY 2016 ASC Payment Regulation

On October 30, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued its final CY 2016 payment rate regulation for hospital outpatient departments (HOPD) and ambulatory surgery centers (ASC). The highlights for ophthalmic ASCs: 2016 ASC Payment Rate Update. ASC payments are annually updated for inflation by the percentage increase in the Consumer Price Index…

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OOSS Comments to CMS Regarding Office-Based Cataract Surgery

OOSS Washington Counsel Michael Romansky has prepared and filed extensive comments before CMS regarding the issue of Office-Based Cataract Surgery. As many of you know, CMS is considering a potential payment mechanism for office-based cataract surgery. To read the OOSS comments along with an introduction by OOSS President Ralph Chu, M.D., CLICK HERE. Should you…

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OOSS Challenges CMS 2016 Proposed ASC Payment Rates & A Reminder to Submit Your Comments Regarding Cataract Surgery in the Office Setting

ASC Payment Comments On August 31, OOSS joined the AAO, ASCRS, the American Society of Retinal Specialists (ASRS), and the Society for Excellence in Eyecare (SEE) in submitting comments to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) regarding its proposed 2016 ASC payment regulation. As in past years, we strenuously objected to CMS’ use…

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Do You, as an OOSS Member, Support Payment for Cataract Surgery in the Office?

As we reported several weeks ago, CMS is considering establishing a payment mechanism for office cataract surgery. Citing advancements in technology, patient convenience, flexibility in scheduling surgery, and, of course, lower Medicare expenditures, CMS states that “we believe that there are advantages for all parties to furnishing appropriate cataract surgery cases in the non-facility setting.” …

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2015 OOSS Symposium @ AAO Las Vegas

OOSS SYMPOSIUM @ AAO LAS VEGAS Strategic Imperatives and the New oASC: Positioning for the Opportunities of Change Success begins with the right strategy. Join OOSS and industry leaders as we focus on strategic planning for the imperatives of change in the ophthalmic ASC. Hear from surgeons and ASC owners who have successfully invested in…

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OOSS Perspective 2015 Highlights

Remarks by OOSS President Ralph Chu, M.D., and Executive Director Kent Jackson, Ph.D., and Levy Awards   Mike Romansky’s Washington Update   Capt. Chesley B. “Sully” Sullenberger   Forum Panel Moderated by Larry Patterson, M.D.

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