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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…

PROPOSED CMS CY 2018 ASC PAYMENT REGULATION: GOOD NEWS

On July 13, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued its proposed CY 2018 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…

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…

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…