The research team concludes: “These findings support the allocation of resources to identify and treat patients in underserved communities, and provide evidence that may lead to reducing undue costs associated with eye care.”
The study was based on the billing records from 2001-2007 of a large managed care network. Charges included those for eye-related visits, diagnostic and therapeutic ocular procedures, and ocular medication. Logistics regression was used to determine the sociodemographic characteristics, ocular condition and surgical procedures associated with being in the top 1 percent for eye-related charges. The 40,041 patients in the top 1 percent accounted for $1.01 billion, 21 percent of the overall eye-related charges over the seven-year period. By comparison, those patients in the lower 50 percent for eye-related charges accounted for $343 million, 7 percent of overall eye-related charges over the seven-year period.
Abstract Title: Who Are the Costliest Recipients of Eye Care in the United States?
Presentation Start/End Time: Tuesday, May 4, 2010, 12:45 – 1:00pm
Location: Grand B, Broward County Convention Center
Session Number: 540
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