Outpatient Ophthalmic Surgery Society supports CMS' decision to remove transfer agreement, H&P requirements

The Outpatient Ophthalmic Surgery Society supports CMS' proposal to eliminate requirements that every patient have a comprehensive medical history and physical examination 30 days before surgery in an ASC.

The society also supports CMS' proposal to provisions requiring ASCs have a written transfer agreement with a hospital, as well as its proposal to ensure all physicians employed by the ASC have admitting privileges at a hospital.

Instead of all patients requiring an H&P examination before surgery, ASCs would be required to create and implement a policy identifying patients who require the assessment before surgery.

CMS said the transfer agreement policy is "duplicative of other regulatory requirements," like the Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act.

Read the OOSS' full comments of the proposed rule here.

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