Where do you think the ophthalmic community will stand a year from now?
Dr. Masket: The political climate remains uncertain at this time with regard to reimbursements and regulations as restructured payment programs loom ahead. Furthermore, there is much political “noise” regarding the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) and what might potentially replace it. At this time, “uncertainty” is the key word.
Dr. Snyder: I remain convinced that the ophthalmology workforce is well positioned to tackle the eye care needs of the population, recognizing a growth in the demographic that we serve. I do not see any major short-term changes in the field over the next year.
Dr. Hoffman: I do not believe there will be much change in ophthalmology one year from now. Hopefully, a lot of the government requirements for reporting etc. will disappear since they do nothing for cost savings or improving the quality of care.
Dr. Lee: Probably more move to hospital employment.
Dr. Olson: Much better off, but the presidential change and unknown as to legislation is a big unknown. Right now I am optimistic that ophthalmology will come out okay.