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Representatives from the American Academy of Ophthalmology announced at the 2019 AAO meeting that they are prioritizing applying Evaluation and Management (E/M) code values to postoperative visits. The E/M codes go into effect January 2021.

Adding E/M codes to postoperative visits would help restore the 15% cut for cataract surgery reimbursement going into effect January 2020.

Most subspecialties support the change—especially because it is estimated to result in $468 million of value to Medicare fee-for-…

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  1. Oct 14, 2019

AAO 2019: Application of E/M Codes for Postoperative Visits is Top Priority for the Academy

Representatives from the American Academy of Ophthalmology announced at the 2019 AAO meeting that they are prioritizing applying Evaluation and Management (E/M) code values to postoperative visits. The E/M codes go into effect January 2021.

Adding E…

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  1. Sep 21, 2018

Low-Vision Device Use Among Medicare Recipients Assessed

Medicare coverage should be expanded to include low-vision devices in order to better address use disparities, researchers suggested after conducting a cross-sectional population-based survey involving >3,000 individuals.

Participants were low-vision Medicare beneficiaries who took…