11 May The Affordable Care Act has had many effects over the last few years but how has it affected the Ophthalmology Industry?
Expanded coverage will obviously bring more patients. Among the millions of uninsured who gained coverage in 2014, many previously did not have access to eye care and have eye issues and disease that require treatment. Not only have these new patients put off treatment, but as a group they are also inherently more likely to have eye diseases than others their age, according to William Rich III, MD, Medical Director of Health Policy for the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO). Two thirds of the expansion group will be Hispanic or black, he said, and studies have shown that Hispanic persons have high rates of diabetic retinopathy and other eye diseases, while the black population has a higher incidence of glaucoma.
As baby boomers reach 65 in the next few years there will also be an increase in eye patients inundated by the surge in older persons who will be seeking eye care under Medicare. This surge will heighten the need for practices to use integrated eye care, in which optometrists, ophthalmic assistants, and other staff support the ophthalmologist.
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- National Eye Institute. U.S. Latinos have high rates of developing vision loss and certain eye conditions. May 1, 2010.http://www.nei.nih.gov/news/pressreleases/050110.asp Accessed August 3, 2013.