On April 3, CMS issued a Quality, Safety & Oversight memorandum QSO-20-24-ASC addressed to state survey agencies to provide guidance on processing applications from ASCs that are temporarily enrolling as hospitals during the COVID-19 pandemic.
On March 28, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that it had expanded its Accelerated and Advance Program to provide financial relief to a broad group of Medicare suppliers and providers. This program will increase cash flow to providers during the COVID-19 pandemic. Ambulatory surgical centers ARE eligible for these payments.
On September 27, OOSS submitted comments on behalf of ASCRS, the American Society of Retinal Specialists (ASRS), and the Society for Excellence in Eyecare (SEE) to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) regarding its proposed 2020 ASC payment regulation.
CMS is replacing the current requirement that every patient have a comprehensive medical history and physical examination within 30 days prior to surgery in an ASC with a requirement that allows the operating physician and ASC to determine which patients would require more extensive testing and assessment prior to surgery.
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.
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.