Throughout the United States, there are many poor Americans living with treatable cataracts whose employment status, educational opportunities and general mobility are limited by their poor vision. With this need in mind, the ASCRS Foundation established Operation Sight—a U.S.-based cataract surgery program whose mission is to eliminate treatable cataract blindness in the United States by providing charitable cataract surgeries.
Attendees were abuzz with the latest ideas and technologies following the 2014 ASCRS•ASOA Symposium & Congress in Boston. However, it would be a whole year until attendees would gather again in San Diego—leaving a lot of room for all of that innovation to lose momentum. That’s where Side X Side (SXS), formerly known as Winter Update, comes in. SXS is a new, data-driven educational program that will focus on incorporating the latest ideas and technology into a successful practice
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and the World Health Organization (WHO), have asked the American Medical Association (AMA) and other healthcare organizations to distribute materials on the international response to the current Ebola outbreak in West Africa. A CDC document summarizes key messages about the outbreak and the response.
In addition, the following are updated guidance documents available:
Allows First-Time Meaningful Use Attesters to Avoid 1% Penalty in 2015
CMS announced yesterday that the PQRS GPRO registration will remain open until October 3, 2014 at 11:59 PM ET. Registration can be accessed through https://portal.cms.gov. The PQRS GPRO registration system was originally scheduled to close on September 30, 2014.
Today CMS launched the Open Payments website, which contains all payments of value over $10 given to physicians by manufacturers or Group Purchasing Organizations (GPOs).
Late Tuesday (9/9/2014), the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that due to extended system outages in recent days, that the deadline for physicians to review and dispute payment data in the Open Payments system would be further delayed until September 11.
ASCRS has provided resources to assist physicians register with the Open Payments System. Additional details are here.
CMS and ONC Finalize Rule Allowing Certified Electronic Health Record Technology (CEHRT) Flexibility
On Friday, August 29, Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) finalized a rule that gives eligible professionals more flexibility in how they use CEHRT to meet meaningful use.
Over the past 60 years, ASCRS Hall of Fame inductee Robert M. Sinskey faced challenges in garnering widespread acceptance of his nystagmus-treatment procedure. Today, following the successful treatment of horizontal nystagmus in a seven-year-old patient (by pediatric ophthalmologist Robert W. Lingua, MD) the UC Irvine Health Gavin Herbert Eye Institute receives hundreds of requests for the procedure. Nystagmus is a condition punctuated by rapid, uncontrollable eye movements that can cause functional blindness in children and adults.
The American Society of Ophthalmic Administrators (ASOA), in partnership with BSM Consulting, has just announced the launch of a new ASOA Learning Center, which allows ophthalmic administrators and managers to take their job performance to the next level without having to leave their desks. The subscription-based online learning center provides busy professionals the resources to build basic practice management skills when it’s most convenient for them.