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Washington Update - Non-Essential CMS Guidelines COVID-19

Apr 7 2020

CMS Issues Guidance for Surgery Centers Temporarily Enrolling As Hospitals During COVID-19 Public Health Emergency

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.
Washington Update - Non-Essential CMS Guidelines COVID-19

Apr 1 2020

CMS announces accelerated payments for healthcare providers

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.
CME PROPOSED 2020 ASC PAYMENT RULE

Sep 27 2019

OOSS Submits Comments to CMS: 2020 Proposed Payment Regulation

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.
CME PROPOSED 2020 ASC PAYMENT RULE

Sep 26 2019

OOSS & Ophthalmic ASC Victory: CMS Finalizes Rule Eliminating Mandatory H&P and Hospital Transfer Agreement Requirements

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.
CME PROPOSED 2020 ASC PAYMENT RULE

Jul 30 2019

CMS ISSUES PROPOSED 2020 ASC PAYMENT RULE: RECORD-HIGH ANNUAL UPDATE OF 2.7 PERCENT

On July 29, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued its proposed CY 2020 payment rate regulation for hospital outpatient departments (HOPDs) and ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs).

Dec 12 2018

Watch Keynote Video (Acquisition/Consolidation) from Symposium 2018

In this second video capture from OOSS Symposium 2018, Bruce Maller makes sense of the drivers, investor profiles, and pros and cons of the emerging acquisition/consolidation trend in ophthalmology.

Nov 29 2018

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.

Nov 19 2018

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.

Nov 2 2018

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.

Sep 24 2018

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.