• Reimbursement issues hold up widespread adoption of ISBCS

    7 monthes ago - By Healio

    Doctors worldwide are debating the risk-benefit ratio for immediate sequential bilateral cataract surgery, or ISBCS, vs. performing second eye surgery 1 or more days later.
    I recently asked David Harmon at Market Scope for data on the current level of U.S. ophthalmic surgeon adoption of ISBCS. Rounded off for 2021, 9% are performing ISBCS, 13% are considering it, and a whopping 78% currently do not plan to adopt ISBCS. So, we are only at the innovator/early adopter stage for ISBCS.
    As I talk with my partners and colleagues, the major barrier is not so much concerns about safety, but primarily
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  • Surgeons address pros, cons of immediate sequential bilateral cataract surgery

    7 monthes ago - By Healio

    Immediate sequential bilateral cataract surgery can provide comparable outcomes and efficiencies as traditional cataract surgery, but until reimbursement rates are modified, it may not become widespread.
    Immediate sequential bilateral cataract surgery reduces patient visits to the operating room and has outcomes comparable to traditional delayed sequential bilateral cataract surgery, OSN Cornea/External Disease Section Editor Elizabeth Yeu, MD, said.
    “I'm a huge advocate of same-day immediately sequential bilateral cataract surgery. We've gotten to a point where we've
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