CMS payment changes would have 'positive impact' on ASCs, Outpatient Ophthalmic Surgery Society says

The Outpatient Ophthalmic Surgery Society issued a statement praising CMS' recent Medicare payment policy changes.

Here are four takeaways:

1. OOSS said at least two of the proposals to reduce, modify or eliminate "burdensome" regulations would "have a positive impact" on ASCs.

2. OOSS specifically supports the proposal to scrap a provision requiring every patient to have a comprehensive medical history and physical examination within 30 days before surgery in an ASC. Instead, the agency would leave it up to the operating physician and ASC to decide which patients need more extensive preoperative testing and assessment. ASCs would be required to develop and implement a policy to identify those patients.

3. The agency also proposed removing provisions requiring facilities to have a written transfer agreement with a hospital or to ensure all physicians have hospital admitting privileges. OOSS said the change benefits facilities and surgeons that have experienced difficulties securing arrangements with hospitals.

4. OOSS said it plans to submit comments supporting the changes and will encourage members to do the same. The organization plans to help members develop policies and procedures to comply with the new regulations if CMS finalizes its proposal. All comments must be submitted to CMS by Nov. 19.

The full statement can be read here.

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