Ophthalmology Societies Critical of CMS Measure for ASCs to Track Unplanned Cataract Patient Admissions

The Outpatient Ophthalmic Surgery Society released critical comments on the new quality measure and patient experience survey for cataract patients.

The organization, along with other specialty organizations, filed comments strenuously urging the Measures Application Partnership to reject a cataract outcomes measure that would mandate facilities measure "the combined rate of unplanned admissions, emergency department visits and observation stays among Medicare FFS beneficiaries within seven days after receiving cataract surgery at an ambulatory surgery center or other outpatient facility."

The organization maintains that ASCs lack the legal and practical access to hospital records and are unable to report such data, and ask that MAP defer action on the measure until it is more thoroughly vetted and tested.

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