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CMS Proposes Another 6% Medicare Cut for Ophthalmology

On August 3rd, 2020, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) proposed another reimbursement cut for certain specialties…Ophthalmology was among the specialties listed with a proposed 6% cut. This is in addition to the proposed 15% cut that was implemented early 2020 for the specialty.

As if Ophthalmologists didn’t already have enough hurdles in 2020 (adhering to pandemic related guidelines for offices, continuing to provide quality care, and keeping offices open and staffed), having more revenue taken away is hard to take.

If you are an ophthalmologist…

Have you considered Satellite Surgery?

Surgical Direct provides a way for your practice to increase in satellite surgical locations with the least amount of friction possible. Our Mobile Cataract Service allows you to have a familiar operating experience, no matter where you are operating, with the same equipment, supplies, and trusted technicians that pay extra attention to the details of your day; case supplies, lenses, and equipment needs.

Expanding satellite surgery locations allows your practice to expand its reach into markets that your office can’t physically service, creating opportunities for new revenue streams without the expense of opening a new office.

So how does Surgical Direct help make this seamless?

1) OD Referral Network

Tap into our OD referral network and start building relationships with referring ODs in your satellite areas. Many of our surgeons come to us, asking for opportunities to satellite. We take care of all the legwork and get our surgeons connected with referral sources. Often, this is the biggest hurdle. SDI has you covered.

2) Hospital / ASC Prep + Setup

Similar to our referral program, we also have a vast network of surgical facility connections. If you have an interest in satellite locations, we’ll begin reaching out to OR administrators in the area, taking care of all the admin details needed to get surgery started.

3) Full OR Out-fitting for Cataracts (1 or 2 rooms)

Once we have the referral sources and the OR is ready to get started, we outfit the OR with your desired equipment selections. This includes the latest reliable phaco systems, ophthalmic microscopes, ample phaco handpiece trays, and Instrument trays needed for the day.

4) Case Supply Management

Along with equipment, we bring surgeon-selected customized supply lists for all your case supplies (minus drugs). If you operate with us elsewhere, we’ll bring the exact same supplies, bringing familiarity to a new environment.

5) Lens Supply Management

There are so many details in getting started in a new surgical location, and lenses is one of the biggest details in a case that needs to handled with precision. In our lens management program, we work directly with your office for lens picks for the day. Every surgery visit, we’ll bring all your lens picks (primary, secondary, premium, AC) with backups. Need a last minute diopter change? We also bring full consignments of your primary lens pick to cover those last minute calculation changes.

6) Access to Yag & SLT Lasers

We provide the ability to add-on YAG & SLT lasers to your surgery day. This helps many of our surgeons out so they can just make one trip and take care of everyone’s needs.

These 6 benefits of satellite services with Surgical Direct just scratch the surface. The first step is to get in touch with us and begin the conversation of your interest in satellite surgery and we will take it from there.

Click or call today to get a conversation started about Satellite Cataract Surgery with Surgical Direct. 

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The Power of Having Options

One of the most powerful things that Surgical Direct’s Mobile Cataract Service model delivers is the ability to expand your options and open the door of what’s possible. Options in technology. Options in case supplies and lens selections. Options in location. Having options means having freedom! Having the freedom to make changes or try new things, gives you (the cataract surgeon) the ability to become a better surgeon.

3 ways that having cataract surgery options make you a better surgeon.

 

1) In Technology.

When it comes to purchasing equipment, there can be a lot of pressure both for surgeons and surgical facilities to pick the absolute right machine. The surgeon needs to be comfortable with the machine and know that it’s the best choice for his/her surgical style (and ultimately the patients’ outcomes). We’ve seen this repeatedly that a surgeon (after demoing a machine) decides to move forward and purchase, then 2 months later realizes he/she does not like something about the machine. But at this point, it’s too late because the facility has already invested heavily. The surgeon then feels stuck and obligated to use a machine that doesn’t feel right anymore….oftentimes for years. Another common issue in this department is that new technology is released often in Ophthalmology. Keeping up can be expensive. Or what if there are 2 cataract surgeons in the same facility that want different machines?

Having the technology options that Surgical Direct provides can reduce the pressure to commit and allow for flexible technology use without heavy investments.

2) In Case Supplies.

We know that as a surgeon, it’s important to have confidence in decision making during a case. You know what is best for the patient and the scenario that you are dealing with. When you need something, it’s important that you are able to access that instrument or supply quickly, and the support team should have even sparsely used supplies within reach for these situations. The problem that we have run into in the field is that often times, multi-specialty surgical facilities will only carry what’s absolutely necessary. This can create an uneasy feeling, not fully knowing if what you need is even in the building!

Having case supply options that Surgical Direct provides reduces worry over inventory management issues. We provide all the supplies you request PLUS backups, including lenses, case supplies, and on-call items like rings, vits, AC lenses and more.

3) In Surgical Locations.

Partnering with Surgical Direct gives you the option to access the same surgical experience in multiple locations. As a surgeon, your best surgery and surgical outcomes come when you are comfortable in your operating environment. Surgical Direct provides you the option to use the same technology, case supplies, and dependable service in ALL your surgical locations, which can be a powerful growth tool for your practice.

Having options gives you the power to operate the way you want to operate.

Have questions about how our services work? Read through our onsite testimonials and hear for your self what other surgeons and surgical admins have to say about our services.

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