Charitable Surgeries Launch National Effort to End Cataract Blindness: Charleston-based Operation Sight Joins New ASCRS Foundation Network

The first two charitable cataract surgeries, performed as part of the ASCRS Foundation’s new Operation Sight network, were conducted on Wednesday, July 2, 2014, by Kerry Solomon, MD, at Physicians Eye Surgery Center in Charleston, South Carolina.

Upcoming 2015 World Cornea Congress VII Promises Exciting Program

The World Cornea Congress VII (WCCVII), sponsored by the Cornea Society, will be held next spring in San Diego, Calif. The meeting will take place from April 15–17, 2015, immediately preceding the ASCRS•ASOA Annual Symposium and Congress in San Diego.

The World Cornea Congress is the Cornea Society’s premiere educational and research meeting, highlighting progress and innovations in both the clinical and research efforts of the international cornea community.

Registration Opened June 1 for Phase 1 of Open Payments (Sunshine Act); First Step for Physicians to Review Data Reported by Manufacturers

The Sunshine Act requires manufacturers and some group purchasing organizations (GPO) to report certain payments and items of value given to physicians and teaching hospitals. Open Payments is the website created by the Sunshine Act that will report these transfers of value made by manufacturers and group purchasing organizations to physicians and teaching hospitals to the public. The data will be available to the public September 30, 2014.

New Version of 2014 ASC Specifications Manual Released

CMS released a new version of the 2014 Ambulatory Surgical Centers (ASC) Quality Reporting Program Specifications Manual.  

The new manual reflects the January 1, 2015 delay of Measure ASC-11: Cataracts- Improvement in Patient's Visual Function within 90 Days Following Cataract Surgery (NQF #1536).  This measure was delayed as a result of efforts by ASCRS, the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO), the Outpatient Ophthalmic Surgery Society (OOSS) and the Ambulatory Surgery Center Association (ASCA).  

CMS Releases Individual Medicare Provider Data; ASCRS Will Respond

As we indicated last week, CMS announced they would be releasing individual Medicare provider data this week despite the opposition of ASCRS and the entire medical community. This morning, CMS released the information to the public, including the number and type of Medicare healthcare services that individual physicians and certain other healthcare providers delivered in 2012 and the amount that Medicare paid them for those services. The data release has been covered in all the major newspapers across the country and ophthalmology is prominently featured.

Two Luminaries in Ophthalmology Named Honored Guests at the ASCRS-ASOA Symposium and Congress

Two Luminaries in the Field of Ophthalmology Named Honored Guests at the 2014 Annual ASCRS-ASOA Symposium and Congress in Boston

Two physicians who have made significant contributions to the field of ophthalmology will receive the Honored Guest Award at the 2014 ASCRS-ASOA Annual Symposium and Congress April 25-29, 2013, in Boston.