Value-Based Payment program presents potential ramificationsOphthalmologists need to prepare their practices for the Value-Based Payment (VBP) program for Medicare services. VBP is a strategy to promote quality and value of health care services, with providers being paid based on value-of-care-delivered rather than volume. Regardless of the perspectives, the fact remains that reimbursement can increase or decrease substantially with the VBP program.
In this issue
Why surgeons should not undersell their femtosecond laser September 16, 2016By Keith A. Walter MDWhen it comes to their eyes, patients want the safest treatments, and they know the best technology available is a laser. The cataract patient demographic is changing, and patients today have active lifestyles that demand functional vision. Strategies guide efficiency in modern medical practice November 15, 2016By Nancy GrovesImproving practice efficiency is more likely to be successful when undertaken with a long-term view as well as an understanding of trends in the healthcare environment. How building resilience may stall physician burnout November 15, 2016By Fred GebhartMindfulness can help physicians manage stress—and may be effective in thwarting burnout. An ophthalmologist’s experience with tele-medicineNot long ago, whilst on my way to work, I found myself listening to one of those call-in doctor radio programs. People gave their first names and then described some problem they, a family member, or a friend were experiencing. The all-knowing medical expert would then ask a few questions and steer the caller in a certain direction. Intuitive EMR platform adapts to ophthalmic workflow November 15, 2016By Sarah Baroody MDSarah Baroody, MD, shares her experience and changes in functionality since implementing an electronic medical record platform in practice. 5 mistakes managers often makeOne of the hardest parts of being a manager is the stage on which we stand when we make mistakes! Taking stock of inventory control
November 15, 2016Despite growing profits over a decade, an ophthalmic practice’s optical dispensary profits were not growing along the same curve. This case study highlights how an optical dispensary inventory management firm may be able to identify strategies to boost capture-rate underperformance.
Crosslinking showing potential for refractive correctionPhotorefractive intrastromal cross-linking is being developed for non-invasive correction of low refractive errors. Glaucoma 360 approaches disease from every angle November 15, 2016By Beth Thomas HertzResearch. Industry. Philanthropy. These three facets—each with a unique purpose—will come together for the 2017 installment of the annual Glaucoma Research Foundation (GRF) Glaucoma 360 meeting. The three-day event will occur Feb. 2 to 4, 2016. Marketing and education for the corneal inlay patient November 15, 2016By Luke Rebenitsch MDAdding the corneal inlay into a general or refractive surgery practice can be a great benefit to patients and the practice when done correctly.