• Best Practices for Laser-Assisted Cataract Surgery
  • April 8, 2014 | Author: Howard E. Bogard
  • Law Firm: Burr & Forman LLP - Birmingham Office
  • The addition of a femtosecond (FS) laserexcites ophthalmic surgeons like few other new technologies. Excitement aside, some consideration must also be given to the associated implementation and compliance issues. In particular, when it comes to charging for the FS laser, there are several things to consider. Have third party payers, specifically Medicare (CMS), taken any positions? What have the major professional societies, like AAO and ASCRS published? Who owns the FS laser? Can a patient be charged for items and services associated with cataract surgery? Who can charge the patient for services rendered with the FS laser? And finally, what administrative forms are needed?