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Difficult Airways - April 2015 - Outpatient Surgery Magazine

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1 3 0 O U T P A T I E N T S U R G E R Y M A G A Z I N E O N L I N E | A P R I L 2 0 1 5 Ophthalmic Lasers Expanded patient care can be profitable care. T he use of lasers for glaucoma treatment and other ocular therapies has been described as one of the most lucra- tive opportunities available in oph- thalmic surgery. It's not hard to see these 4 clinical and business benefits it offers to providers and their patients: 1. Stepped-up patient care. From an ASC's perspective, lasers clearly represent an opportunity to enhance their patient care by expanding the services they offer across the full spectrum of ophthalmic treat- ment. But acquiring laser technology means more than simply offering more options to patients. According to many physicians, it could also mean better options. Traditionally, glaucoma treatment has started with medication before moving on to lasers, then surgery. But patient-administered eye drops represent a continuing expense and require adherence to a strict rou- tine. Laser treatment, on the other hand, is in many cases just as effec- tive as the drops, without the cost, compliance or potential for side effects. It can also provide an earlier, less-invasive intervention than tra- beculectomy or other surgical approaches. 2. Profitable procedures. Many laser systems require an investment of $20,000 to $26,000 for single-purpose models, or T H I N K I N G O F B U Y I N G … Steve Sheppard, CPA, COE

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