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O C T O B E R 2 0 1 6 • O U T PA T I E N TS U R G E R Y. N E T • 8 7 C ataract surgery on both eyes at the same time? Why not? Patients only have to endure the inconvenience of surgery once. And forward-thinking surgeons get to practice progressive ophthalmic care. But if it makes such perfect sense, why is same-day bilateral cataract surgery so rare? Follow the money. When surgeons operate on both eyes during the same visit, Medicare cuts both its facility and physi- cian fees for the second eye in half. But as surgeons and health sys- tems continue to show that same-day bilateral cataract surgery is ben- eficial to patient care and healthcare spending, Medicare will begin to incentivize bringing in patients for a single cost-saving surgical visit. Doubling Down on Cataract Surgery Same-day bilateral procedures are shaping up to be the next evolution in eye care. Steve Arshinoff, MD, FRCSC | Toronto, Canada • TWO FOR ONE Performing dual cataract procedures on the same day improves clinical efficiencies and patient satisfaction, but reimbursement incentives are lacking. Pamela Bevelhymer, RN, BSN S A M E - D A Y B I L A T E R A L C A T A R A C T S

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