Health Law & Policy

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

September 24, 2022

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

August 29, 2022

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

February 25, 2022

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

November 06, 2021

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.