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Thinking about Office-Based Cataract Surgery?

Office-Based Surgery (OBS) has seen a rapid spike in interest since the Covid-19 pandemic halted elective surgeries in 2020. Ophthalmologists are among the interested, in fact, many have been beginning to take steps to pursue OBS for cataracts, not only because of Covid-19, but due to the cost-effectiveness, seamless patient care, and full control over the surgical experience.

Covid-19 has created an interesting situation for medical facilities, who now have to adhere to increased safety regulations and policies (as they should to keep public health safe). Managing social distancing and patient flow can be complex in these environments. Especially in the context of elective surgery, having another surgical alternative, both for safety reasons and convenience, may hold great benefits.

OBS offers great benefits to surgeons by offering safety and convenience to the surgeon, reduced anesthesia utilization, and higher retention of surgical fees within the practice. Ophthalmologists will not be able to fully move away from ASC (or Hospital) surgery as some cases will require additional monitoring, etc. But for a healthy percentage of cases in most practice demographics, OBS for cataracts is now a very attractive option.

Here’s a great article from Ophthalmology Management, discussing the many facets of OBS for cataracts, comparisons to ASC surgery, and more…

Surgical Direct Inc can help office-based cataract surgery become a reality for your practice.

Surgical Direct’s Mobile Cataract Services allows you to gain access to today’s latest technology without investing in upfront capital. We provide a wide selection of phaco platforms, ophthalmic microscopes, ancillary supplies, lens consignments, and highly-trained hands-on support for every case you operate with us.

Working with us…

  1. Eliminates capital budget expenses on cataract equipment
  2. Increases your technology flexibility (switch or upgrade platforms easily)
  3. Eliminates maintenance costs
  4. Reduces in-house inventory management for surgical supplies (we bring it all)
  5. Allows access to any lens you need (we’ll handle the consignments)
  6. Increases the level of support you have during surgery (our technicians provide high-quality support, assisting surgeons with equipment settings and your staff with room turnover.)

OBS isn’t right for everyone, but if you are considering pursuing office-based cataract surgery, we are the partnership that you’ve been looking for.

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Cataract Headwinds Will Change Revenue

Now is a Good Time for Eye Outsourcing

The ever-changing landscape of the ophthalmology specialty (specifically in cataract practice) can prove to be a tough market to forecast when it’s a good time to invest in technology. The past held much more certainty regarding the security of investment when purchasing Cataract equipment. And even though the baby-boomer cataract age is here, that doesn’t mean there is certainty in ROI, due to the constant evolution of the medical industry and the changing cataract headwinds on the horizon.

What do we mean by “Cataract Headwinds”? Headwinds change climates, spear-heading an area into a new season. We believe there are 3 things on the horizon that can change the climate of cataract surgery as we know it, all 3 creating unique twists to ROI.

1) Cataract Surgeon Reimbursements

This one, in truth, isn’t really a headwind. It’s already here. In 2020, Medicare reimbursements for cataract surgeons will drop, maybe as much as 15% for non-complicated procedures. That’s a hit! Read through Review of Ophthalmology’s article titled “Medicare Proposes Another Cut In Cataract Reimbursement” for yourself for more info.

Having the need to increase your case volume to make up the difference makes profitability more challenging. Eliminating capital investments and/or adding satellite locations to your practice can help increase your revenue by reducing overhead and increasing market expansion. Our mobile cataract program is the perfect partnership for satellite locations!

2) Office-Based Cataract Surgery

There has been much talk about Office-Based cataract surgery in recent years. The idea first came to the surface in the 80s and was quickly discarded due to the hurdles at the time. Healthcare and technology have rapidly grown since the 80s, and now the discussion is back on the table in many circles, and serious thought and trials are in place to determine whether this is the future of cataract surgery (at least non-complicated cases).

Despite this not being here yet (it’s a headwind), if brought into effect would change the cataract climate dramatically. Patients and surgeons alike would appreciate the benefits and convenience of the office-based approach. Any practice with the means would likely be very interested. Of the many questions on the table in this discussion, 1 would be technology investment, and 2, whether the office-based model will be a short-lived trend. Either way, let Surgical Direct take on the risk of providing equipment and technology.

3) Bi-Lateral Cataract Surgery

The “Two-for-One” cataract model has been in debate for some time. Initially, this model was frowned upon due to the risk of infection and longer recoveries, but recently the discussion is back on the table and CMS is looking at this model again.
Bi-Lateral case-coding for the second same-day eye will reduce the reimbursement rate on the second eye by 50%, so if thinking about offering bi-lateral cataract surgery, you have to take into account the loss in revenue that you’ll encounter on these cases.

Let Surgical Direct Take Your Cataract Technology Risk.

The bottom line is that in today’s cataract surgery landscape, there is a lot of risk in investing in new technology. Surgical Direct offers a turn-key, zero-risk solution for your cataract program. Our Mobile Cataract Service model provides the newest technology to your OR of choice, full-service case supply management (including lenses), and no capital fund investments. You only pay for our service when you use our service.

Want to know more about Surgical Direct and our services? Check out our recent post about 5 Headaches Eliminated with Mobile Cataract Services to see how Surgical Direct can help alleviate your cataract surgery woes.

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