COVID-19 UPDATES & RESOURCES

Washington Update - Non-Essential CMS Guidelines COVID-19

GLITCHES, DELAYS, & FRUSTRATION: UPDATE ON OBTAINING ACCESS TO NEW COVID-19 RELIEF FUNDS

Yesterday, OOSS reported that the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced that healthcare providers, including ASCs, will be eligible to receive grants from a newly available pool of COVID-19 relief funds.
OOSS Perspective 2020 Virtual Meeting

OOSS Perspective 2020 Virtual Meeting

Bruce Maller, a well-respected industry expert and life-long friend of OOSS, will provide strategies, insight, and tools to help ASCs physician-owners and administrators lead their teams through change and plan for success in the new reality.
Washington Update - Non-Essential CMS Guidelines COVID-19

RE-OPENING FACILITIES TO PROVIDE NON-COVID CARE DURING PHASE ONE, INCLUDING SURGERY CENTERS

These guidelines focus on issues that should be of concern to providers considering re-opening their practices and facilities if states and localities so permit.
Washington Update - Non-Essential CMS Guidelines COVID-19

ACS, ASA, AHA, AORN ISSUE JOINT STATEMENT REGARDING RESUMING ELECTIVE SURGERY AFTER FIRST WAVE OF COVID-19

The Statement sets forth principles and considerations to guide physicians and facilities in their resumption of care in operating rooms and all procedural areas, including...
Washington Update - Non-Essential CMS Guidelines COVID-19

FEDERAL GUIDELINES ESTABLISH CRITERIA FOR PROVIDING ELECTIVE SURGERIES DURING REOPENING OF ECONOMY

On Thursday evening, April 16, the federal government issued revised guidelines, Opening Up America Again, establishing three phases for reopening the economy. With respect to ambulatory surgery centers, the policy suggests that “elective surgeries can resume, as clinically appropriate, on an outpatient basis at facilities that adhere to CDC guidelines” once a state or region meets certain “gating criteria.”
Washington Update - Non-Essential CMS Guidelines COVID-19

OPTIONS FOR YOUR ASC TO PROVIDE SERVICES UNDER CONTRACT WITH LOCAL HOSPITAL

CMS has also modified its rules regarding the option to convert ASCs to hospital status during the COVID-19 pandemic. View a summary of these changes.
Washington Update - Non-Essential CMS Guidelines COVID-19

HHS announces $30B in grants to medicare providers, including ASCs

Today, April 10, 2020, the payments will begin to arrive via direct deposit to eligible providers. An email with the subject line "CARES Act Provider Relief Fund: Action Required" was sent this morning on behalf of HHS to eligible providers.
Washington Update - Non-Essential CMS Guidelines COVID-19

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.
Medical Consulting Group

MCG PODCAST- Practical Steps for Managing Your Practice’s or ASC’s Unique Situation During COVID-19

MCG sat down to discuss practical steps they have used for their own clients to sort through the large amount of “broad-brush” tips and implement those that apply to an individual business.
Washington Update - Non-Essential CMS Guidelines COVID-19

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.
OOSS Washington Update - CMS Accelerated and Advance Program

Leading Your ASC Through the COVID-19 Crisis- Webinar on March 31

Join us for a webinar series next Tuesday and Thursday designed to help you lead your ASC through the COVID-19 crisis. The series is free to OOSS members and brought to you by Progressive Surgical Solutions, a Division of BSM Consulting with participation from OOSS.
Bruce Maller - OOSS Perspective 2020 Virtual Meeting

Register for “Business Survival Through the COVID-19 Crisis” Webinar – March 26th @ 11AM PT

BSM Founder and CEO Bruce Maller will be hosting a webinar titled "Business Survival Through the COVID-19 Crisis" on Thursday, March 26th @ 11AM PT.
Washington Update - Non-Essential CMS Guidelines COVID-19

CMS RECOMMENDS LIMIT ON NON-ESSENTIAL PLANNED SURGERIES, INCLUDING POSTPONEMENT OF CATARACT PROCEDURES

On March 18, CMS issued a series of recommendations regarding the furnishing of all non-essential planned surgeries and procedures based on the need to conserve critical resources...

COVID-19 Update and Information

The clinical experts differ somewhat on local response to performing medically-necessary elective surgeries.  Review information for ophthalmologists and ASC leaders to adapt to the unique situation in your area.
Stay Up-to-Date with COVID-19

COVID-19 PLANS AND PROCEDURES TO ENSURE HEALTH AND SAFETY OF PATIENTS AND ASC STAFF

In the current and ever-changing COVID-19 environment, we know that each ophthalmic ASC is responding with plans and procedures to ensure health and safety of patients and ASC staff. There is much information being communicated by trusted organizations, as well as media. Find resources and information...

OOSS is monitoring the latest updates on COVID-19 and how it is affecting (or could affect) ophthalmic outpatient surgery centers. On this page, we will share key information and links to updates as they are made available by a range of credible medical organizations.

Should you have any questions, please contact our Washington Counsel, Michael Romansky, JD at mromansky@OOSS.org or our Executive Director, Diane Blanck at dblanck@OOSS.org.