While physicians who treat Medicare patients are confronting a drastic pay cut Jan. 1, a number of legislators are scrambling, again, to block the scheduled reduction with a permanent solution.
Jennifer A. Webb
Two reports issued by a federal health-care agency, claiming that screening and treatment of glaucoma have been ineffective, ignore more than 30 years of evidence to the contrary.
David F. Weeks was a quarter master in the U.S. Army, earned a business administration degree, and raised funds for philanthropic causes — all before Jules Stein, MD, hired him in 1961 to lead the newly formed Research to Prevent Blindness.
After enduring several disappointing drug trials of treatments that once held promise for dry eye and cystic fibrosis, Inspire Pharmaceuticals will become part of Merck & Co. Inc. in a $430 million acquisition.
Organizations representing ophthalmologists and other physicians' groups are urging Congress to find a solution this year to the flawed payment formula that requires physicians to take a 29.5% pay cut in January 2012.
A newly upgraded spectral-domain, optical coherence tomography (OCT) device with a non-mydriatic, color fundus camera enables clinicians to detect retinal abnormalities often missed during routine patient exams.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) reversed a reimbursement decision that would have forced clinicians to switch treatment for patients with wet age-related macular degeneration from bevacizumab to ranibizumab.
Fellow ophthalmologists and business partners are mourning the loss of Jeffrey P. Gilbard, MD, 55, whose career was filled with innovative ideas and solutions for treating dry eye disease.
Hideo Ozawa, the founder and chairman of Nidek Co. Ltd., is being remembered as a visionary who combined optics and electronics to advance vision technology around the world. Ozawa, 79, died June 16.
As members of Congress return home for August recess, the nation's dialogue continues over how best to provide health-care coverage to 44 million uninsured Americans.