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OOSS Emblems for Members, Partners

The new OOSS Emblem Program offers members and partners the opportunity to promote their OOSS affiliation and emphasize their commitment to ensuring top-quality patient care, safety and affordability in the ophthalmic ASC. By displaying the OOSS emblem, members and partners affirm to their patients, clients, and the public that they endorse the highest standards of…

President Signs 21st Century Cures Act Into Law

WITH A COUPLE OF HOLIDAY TREATS FOR THE ASC COMMUNITY President Obama has signed into law The 21st Century Cures Act (H.R. 34), intended to expedite and streamline the FDA approval processes, provide funds to accelerate the discovery, development, and delivery of new treatments and cures, and authorize discretionary funding for the NIH and FDA.…

Final 2017 Payment Rule: Higher Update And New Ophthalmic Quality Measure

On November 1, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued its final CY 2017 payment rate regulation for hospital outpatient departments (HOPD) and ambulatory surgery centers.  There are several issues that merit the attention of the ophthalmic ASC community. ASC Payment Rates In some good news, the final rule includes a 2017 update…

OOSS CHALLENGES CMS’ 2017 PROPOSED ASC PAYMENT RATES

On August 31, OOSS joined ASCRS and the Society for Excellence in Eyecare (SEE) in submitting comments to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) regarding its proposed 2017 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,…

In Physician Payment Rule, CMS Takes No Action On Office Cataract Surgery – At Least For Now!

In the physician payment rule published today, CMS is silent with respect to taking any further action regarding payment of a facility fee for office cataract surgery. Every OOSS member is aware that, a year ago, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a request for information regarding the advisability of providing a…

CMS Releases Proposed CY 2017 ASC Payment Regulation: 1.2 Percent Update; Proposed Adoption of OOSS-Supported Quality Measure; And more

On July 6, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued its proposed CY 2017 payment rate regulation for hospital outpatient departments (HOPD) and ambulatory surgery centers (ASC).  The proposed regulation will soon be published in the Federal Register; OOSS and other interested parties will have an opportunity to submit public comments until September 6. Below,…

MedPAC Recommendations: No Update In Facility Fees For Surgery Centers; ASC’s Should Report Costs

This week, the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) issued its annual report to Congress, recommending that ASCs be afforded no update in facility fees in 2017. MedPAC also recommended that facilities be subject to some form of Medicare cost reporting. Because access to ASC services continues to increase and surgery centers’ access to capital has…

ASCRS, AAO, and OOSS Release Recommendations Regarding Use of Enzyme Detergent for Cleaning Intraocular Surgical Instruments

The following clinical guideline on the use of enzyme detergent for cleaning intraocular instruments is being jointly released by ASCRS, AAO, and OOSS. Because of the risk of TASS, many ASCs do not use enzyme detergent to clean intraocular instruments. Because some regulatory agencies are citing this as a deficiency, this guideline is meant to…

CMS Defers Action on Payment for Office Cataract Surgery

As OOSS members are well aware, CMS solicited “information” in its 2016 proposed physician payment rule on the advisability of providing financial incentives for physicians to furnish cataract surgery in the office setting. OOSS submitted comprehensive comments objecting to such a policy, citing serious concerns about patient health and safety. CMS took no action on…

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…