Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Medicare Patients

Further good news is that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announced that they will now allow Medicare beneficiaries to choose these more expensive lenses as long as they pay for the extra cost themselves. Doctors and Medicare patients will have the freedom to select technology to treat cataracts that is consistent with the patient’s lifestyle. Previously, the government paid most of the price of treatment, including surgery, insertion of a traditional intraocular lens, and one pair of eye glasses or contact lenses.

Doctors were not allowed to exceed Medicare’s established price for the procedure or to ask patients to make up the difference for the multifocal lens. Medicare patients couldn’t pay extra for a better lens even if they wanted to. Now the rules have changed.

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