ASC/Hospital Outpatient Department Quality Measure 11 (Cataract Outcome – Visual Function Improvement) Delayed Until January 1, 2015
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), Measure ASC-11: Cataracts- Improvement in Patient's Visual Function within 90 Days Following Cataract Surgery (NQF #1536) has been delayed until January 1, 2015.
CMS announced today that it will delay the implementation of this measure, noting that it recognizes the operational difficulties with this specific measure. CMS intends to issue proposals regarding data collection for this measure in the upcoming CY 2015 OPPS/ASC proposed rule with comment period.
As a result of the efforts of ASCRS both Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) sent letters to CMS urging the agency to withdraw the measure. ASCRS, AAO, OOSS and ASCA also met with CMS on multiple occasions to voice our opposition to this measure.
Please note, this does not affect the data collection period for any other ASC Quality Reporting Program Measure.