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OPPS Proposal Calls for Colonoscopy Complication Reporting
Health Leaders Media

For the first time, hospital outpatient centers would be evaluated on the safety of their practitioners’ skill in performing colonoscopies if language in a proposed rule from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services becomes final.

Specifically, the new quality measure would count the number of times Medicare beneficiaries had to seek hospital care to treat a complication, such as perforation of the colon, gastrointestinal bleeding, or a cardiopulmonary event, within seven days of an outpatient colonoscopy.