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Watch Washington Update Highlight Video from Symposium 2018

At OOSS Symposium 2018, Michael Romansky, JD, delivered an impactful Washington Update centered on CMS' latest rule proposal and its affect on ophthalmic ASCs. Watch the Washington Update Highlights video.

OOSS SUPPORTS CMS PROPOSAL TO ELIMINATE H&P AND HOSPITAL TRANSFER AGREEMENT REQUIREMENTS

In September, CMS proposed reducing, modifying, or eliminating a number of obsolete, unnecessary, and burdensome regulations impacting a multitude of providers. In comments to the agency, OOSS is strenuously urging CMS to finalize and adopt three proposed provisions.

FINAL 2019 ASC PAYMENT RULE

On November 1, CMS published the final 2019 Medicare ASC payment rule, incorporating a number of provisions for which OOSS has lobbied for years.

OOSS SUBMITS COMMENTS TO CMS ON 2019 ASC PAYMENT REGULATION

OOSS joined ASCRS, ASRS, and SEE in submitting comments to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) regarding its proposed 2018 ASC payment regulation.

CMS Proposes to Eliminate CMS Certification Requirements for Comprehensive H&Ps & Transfer Agreements with Hospitals

CMS proposed reducing, modifying, or eliminating a number of obsolete, unnecessary, and burdensome regulations impacting a multitude of providers. At least two of these would have a positive impact on ambulatory surgery centers.

Proposed CY 2019 ASC Payment Regulations & Rates

On July 23, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued its proposed CY 2019 payment rate regulation for hospital outpatient departments (HOPD) and ambulatory surgery centers (ASC).

New Specialty-Specific Guidelines For Ophthalmic Instrument Cleaning and Sterilization

OOSS joins ASCRS and AAO in releasing new specialty-specific guidelines for the sterile processing of ophthalmic surgical instruments. This document makes evidence-based recommendations regarding issues that may be unique to the cleaning and sterilization of intraocular instrumentation.The new guidelines are the product of a three-year collaboration of the three organizations and provides recommendations with the intent of assisting our members better understand, adopt, or defend certain well-established sterile processing practices as well as appropriately respond to surveyors and other regulators who challenge our facilities’ practices.

OOSS Opposes Anthem’s Anesthesia Services Guideline

DENVER, Co (February 27, 2018) – The Outpatient Ophthalmic Surgery Society (OOSS) lends its voice to efforts to rescind a new clinical guideline released this February by managed healthcare organization Anthem that states anesthesia services for cataract surgery are not medically necessary for the majority of patients.

FINAL 2018 ASC PAYMENT RULE UPDATE

On November 1, 2017, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued its final CY 2018 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. 2018 ASC Payment Rate Update  ASC payments are annually updated for inflation by…

CMS-Proposed ASC Payment Rates

OOSS is challenging the 2018 proposed ASC payment rates set by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. We have joined ASCRS, the American Society of Retinal Specialists, and the Society for Excellence in Eyecare (SEE) in submitting comments to CMS. In brief: We strenuously object to the use of the Consumer Price Index by…