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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

     

    Take-Home

    The Affordable Care Act continues to change and ophthalmology must change in order to adapt.

    Dr. Clarkson

    Miami—When change is instituted, affected parties always wonder how they will fare. Ophthalmologists are no different, and they are preparing to adapt to changes resulting from implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) as they affect the specialty.

    “The future of the ACA is likely more questionable than the future of ophthalmology,” said John Clarkson, MD, dean emeritus and professor of ophthalmology, Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Miami. “We don’t know how the act will continue to evolve.”

    The goals of the legislation were insurance coverage for the uninsured population, cost-containment, comparative effectiveness, quality of care, and value-based as opposed to volume-based payment. However, while some of these goals may be achieved, the process currently is incomplete.

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