Judge denies hospital’s request for summary judgment in case against ophthalmologist
Special Superior Court Judge Mark A. Davis ruled that Michael Woodcock, MD’s failure to answer court filings did not mean he admitted his guilt in the allegations made by Cumberland County Hospital System.
Court enters $487 million judgment against ophthalmology distributor, founder in kickback scheme in violation of False Claims Act
Earlier this year, a federal civil jury concluded that the defendants violated the False Claims Act and the Anti-Kickback Statute by paying kickbacks to ophthalmic surgeons to induce their use of the defendants’ products in cataract surgeries reimbursed by Medicare.
Lawsuit alleges teprotumumab-trbw from Horizon Therapeutics caused permanent hearing loss
An action filed in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois by a Pennsylvania woman alleges that neither she nor her physicians were alerted that Tepezza could result in loss of hearing or tinnitus. Horizon said in a statement this and other lawsuits are without merit.
FDA inspection finds dozens of contamination issues at recalled eye drop manufacturer’s facility
Dirty equipment and sterilization issues are among the many violations found by the FDA.
CDC gives update on VIM-GES-CRPA outbreak associated with artificial tears
There have been 8 reported patients with vision loss as well as 4 reports of enucleation, or surgical removal of eyeball.
Pharmedica USA issues voluntary global recall of eye drops over non-sterility issue
The company’s Purely Soothing eye drop is used as an anti-inflammatory used to assist with symptoms of ocular irritation and/or swelling, including dry eye.
Lawsuit: Artificial Tears caused blindness in eye of Florida firefighter
When tested, the recalled Artificial Tears used by the firefighter were found to contain large amounts of Pseudomonas Aeruginosa bacterial contamination.
Arizona eye surgery network agrees to pay $1 million, end discriminatory policies towards people with disabilities
The United States Department of Justice originally filed the lawsuit in December 2021 on behalf of an elderly quadriplegic patient, alleging that Tempe, Arizona-based Barnet Dulaney Perkins Eye Center was requiring patients with mobility disabilities to hire third-party medical transport and transfer assistance for outpatient surgical procedures. American Vision Partners was named as a codefendant.
Congress reaches compromise on Medicare reimbursement cuts for physicians
On Tuesday, lawmakers unveiled the $1.7 trillion proposed spending package needed to avert a government shutdown by Friday if both chambers can pass the measure this week.
CMS’ physician fee schedule could have adverse impact on ophthalmologists
Medicare’s 2023 fee schedule includes cuts in reimbursement, which some groups say could lead to reduced access to care to patients who need it most.
FDA clears online visual acuity test
The FDA describes the test as a web-based, self-guided software application that consumers can access using a touchscreen mobile device and internet-connected computer.
California governor vetoes bill that would have reduced licensing requirements to perfom eye surgery
AB 2236 would have allowed optometrists to perform anterior segment laser and minor procedures which involve the use of a scalpel or injections.
Florida appeals court reinstates lawsuit against ophthalmologist
The Florida Second District Court of Appeal has renewed a woman’s lawsuit claiming she suffered permanent eye damage when her ophthalmologist misdiagnosed her during nasal surgery. In its opinion, the appellate court ruled that the trial court erred when it dismissed the lawsuit.
California legislators considering reducing requirements to perform eye surgery
AB 2236, which would reduce the medical education, clinical, and surgical training requirements to become licensed in California to perform eye surgery. Trade organizations and other groups are stepping up to oppose the measure.
Prevent Blindness plans Eyes on Capitol Hill program on March 1-2
The organization uses its Eyes on Capitol Hill program to educate lawmakers and their staff on a variety of vision health issues, including vision health inequities, the need for improved vision surveillance, the impact of community eye health programs, and disparities in access to affordable eyecare services.
Advocating to MACs on behalf of your patients
In light of newly published fee schedules that include low payment rates for LipiFlow, Cynthia Matossian, MD, FACS, ABES, advises on how eyecare professionals should advocate for their patients and practices.
What keeps you up at night in ophthalmology: Part 9
Michael Rivers, MD, director of ophthalmology, Modernizing Medicine, shares what lingers on his mind in the field of ophthalmology at the end of the day.
What is happening with LipiFlow reimbursement?
Cynthia Matossian, MD, FACS, ABES, takes a look at the recent, sudden change in low-payment reimbursement by Medicare Administrative Contractors for LipFlow and MGD procedure codes.
Organ donation: "Dead donor rule" sets guidelines or harvesting organs
A word from Chief Medical Editor Peter J. McDonnell, MD.
How new prior authorization policy affects cataract surgery
Michael Rivers, MD, discusses the impact of Aetna's new policy requiring prior authorization for cataract surgery on ophthalmologists, their workflow, and patients.
Impact of prior authorization for cataract surgery
CMS 2022 Physician Fee Schedule includes payment cut
AAO, Surgical Care Coalition teaming up to ensure the final version of the rule is fair to ophthalmologists and surgeons as one company is expressing its disappointment in the proposal.
ASCRS calls on Aetna to rescind new policy delaying cataract surgery
ASCRS has issued a statement calling on Aetna to drop a new prior authorization policy it implemented last week that delays cataract surgeries.
AMA unveils newly adopted trainee, resident policies
The American Medical Association recently announced policies adopted by physician and medical student leaders from all corners of medicine on the final day of the Special Meeting of the AMA House of Delegates.
Pulling back the curtain on racial inequities in ocular health care
AAO develops task forces to evaluate academy, review outcomes in ophthalmology.
Supreme Court upholds Affordable Care Act
The US Supreme Court ruled Thursday that the Affordable Care Act remains valid, rejecting a claim by several states that a recent change to the law made it unconstitutional.
Implementing, adapting to protocol changes for clinical practice
Michael X. Repka, MD, vice chair of clinical practice at Wilmer Eye Institute (Johns Hopkins University) speaks on the institution's latest protocol changes allowing for the resumption of elective surgery as well as the adaptations clinicians have had to make in order to ensure the continuation of clinical practice at Wilmer Eye Institute.
Themistocles: Everyone's second chance
Ancient election offers lesson to modern voters
Medicare pay cut delayed (again)
Legislators will try to sort out a fair compensation system for physicians after they staved off a scheduled 27.4% pay cut for those who treat Medicare patients.
Medicare cut looms
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.
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