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.
Five organizations have partnered for a five-year effort to bring high-quality eye care and vision-saving eye surgery to one of Guatemala’s neediest communities in the Baja Verapaz region—The American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery Foundation (ASCRS Foundation), the University of Utah’s Moran Eye Center, The Hope Alliance, Alcon and Lions Club International. The effort will kick off with an initial, nine-day mission, which includes ophthalmologist and U.S. Senator Rand Paul, MD (R-KY), from August 14-23, 2014.
The early bird registration and housing deadline for the Combined Ophthalmic Symposium: Treatments, Techniques, and Technology for the Integrated Anterior Segment Practice (COS, formerly known as the Ophthalmology Symposium) has been extended through Friday, August 8, 2014 (complimentary registration for qualified residents and fellows).
Formerly known as Winter Update, this new, data-driven ASCRS·ASOA educational program focuses on step-by-step guidance for incorporating the latest ideas and technology into a successful practice.