New CMS Quality Measure Requires Improved Patient Visual Function After Cataract Surgery; ASCs Respond

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Final Payment Rule included new quality reporting requirements for cataract surgery, which many ASCs may not be able to meet, according to a report from the Ohio Association for Ambulatory Surgery Centers.

The new requirements include reporting improvement in the patient's visual function within 90 days following cataract surgery, which is a patient reported outcome measure. According to the report, several stakeholders have met with members of Congress to raise issue with the new measure and the potential for unfair penalization under the current rule.

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