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    Affordable Care Act: A work in progress

    Ophthalmologists must emphasize how vision care results in savings by improving patient quality of life


    Bundled payments

    The primary-care specialties are receiving the emphasis with bundling, not specialty care, Dr. Clarkson noted.

    “There are lost opportunities for bundling regarding diabetic retinopathy, for example,” he said. “Ophthalmologists probably see diabetic patients more frequently than endocrinologists or internists. Bundling payments also should be considered for glaucoma and cataract care, but these are being ignored.”

    Dr. Clarkson advised ophthalmologists to emphasize the fact that vision care results in actual cost savings by improving patient quality of life. He said he believes that home monitoring may be prominent in future eye care, and by working in ophthalmologist-led teams, vision care may be provided more efficiently to a larger number of individuals.

    “The emphasis will continue to move toward quality outcomes through organizational practice and tele-ophthalmology,” Dr. Clarkson said. “The future of ophthalmology continues to be bright and is in our hands. Ophthalmology’s future clearly is brighter than the future of the ACA.

    “However, ophthalmologists must be proactive by recognizing that change is inevitable and making positive improvements while adapting to those changes,” Dr. Clarkson concluded.

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