Medicare has proposed more cuts for cataract reimbursements for surgeons in 2020, maybe as much as 15% for non-complicated procedures. If you haven’t heard of this yet, read through Review of Ophthalmology’s article titled “Medicare Proposes Another Cut In Cataract Reimbursement”.
Reduced cataract reimbursements, once again, create a unique situation for surgeons and their practices, having to (a) settle for a reduction in revenue, or (b) figure out a solution to raise their case volume and productivity to make up the difference. We’ve done a little math on our end, and it looks like surgeons will have to add an average of 3-4 cases per surgery day to bring in the same revenue.
Surgical Direct can help make you make up the difference!
Surgical Direct is your cataract outsourcing solution, delivering a service of excellence with care. Our Mobile Cataract Services boost your efficiency standards to new levels.
Here are 3 practical ways that we can help increase your revenue.
1) Satellite Locations
Have you thought about adding a satellite location? More surgery days is probably one of the best ways for you to increase your practice revenue. With satellite locations, your market reach is multiplied without the heavy investment of opening a second office, time, and the slow climb of establishing your practice in a new market.
Surgical Direct partners with you in making satellite locations an easy solution for growth. We do all the legwork by connecting you to our OD referral network to get those cataract referrals rolling in.
Plus, we work with the satellite facility so that you can walk in the door, operate with the equipment and supplies you are comfortable with, and walk out. We take care of all the operational details for you.
2) New Technology (with provided backups)
Newer phaco and microscope platforms provide extra measures of efficiency and safety for every patient. Harder cataracts are removed easier, in less time, and with better post-op results (generally speaking, but there’s also science behind that statement).
Surgical Direct gives you the opportunity to upgrade your phaco and microscope platforms when you want, without spending the capital. We give you the opportunity to increase your efficiency right now, instead of waiting for funds to become available.
We also provide backup machines for every surgery day, so equipment delays are a non-issue and the day can continue to flow. No more equipment related delays.
3) Surgery Add-On Options Made Easy
Cases that would be categorized as “Complicated” for reimbursement, generally require different inventory and support than your average case. When it comes to planned surgical add-on options that can increase your reimbursement rates, Surgical Direct has you covered! Your office requests it, we provide it. This includes Hydrus Microstent systems, iStent inject systems, Omni Glaucoma Systems, and more.
When it comes to the unexpected case scenarios, Surgical Direct Coordinators come prepared, stocking ample backup supplies like iris rings/hooks, CTRs, vits, and extra viscoelastics for the day.
In short, Surgical Direct is here for you, determined to be your partner in all your cataract surgery needs, and we help you take your practice to the next level.
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