As we have reported, CMS and its contractor Acumen are currently field testing several episode-based cost measures, including cataract surgery. ASCRS•ASOA members are encouraged to download their reports, review them, and then respond to an online survey CMS is conducting to receive feedback on the reports. The deadline to respond to the survey has been extended to Monday, November 20, at noon EST.
What Are Cataract Episode Measures?
The MACRA statute instructs CMS to develop cost measures based on specific conditions and procedures for MIPS. Cataract surgery has been selected as one of the first procedures for measure development. ASCRS has been providing input on the measure development, and now ophthalmologists have the opportunity to review their draft reports. Ophthalmologists who have at least 10 attributed cataract episodes in the performance period between June 1, 2016, and May 31, 2017, are now able to download a draft feedback report. The Cost category will not be included in the 2017 MIPS final score, and CMS proposes the same for 2018. Therefore, these reports are for information only and to test the measures. Additional measure information is available on the ASCRS website.
How Do I Access My Report?
The field test reports are available on the CMS Enterprise Portal, which CMS has used in the past for distributing Quality and Resource Use Reports. CMS has published an Access Guide for downloading the field test reports.
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