The American Ophthalmological Society sees LASIK co-management as an effective way to provide optimal eye care to LASIK patients. This program is a more convenient option for patients who went through LASIK surgery. It is also a good opportunity for many optometrists who want to work with eye surgeons. If you need to find out more about LASIK co-management, here’s what you should know.
LASIK surgery co-management is a more efficient way of retaining patients after the procedure. It is also an excellent pathway of revenue for optometrists. Here, the optometrist works with an ophthalmologist. It results in an organized transition of care from diagnosis to surgery to aftercare.
In this process, the optometrist provides some of the surgeon’s supplies, including the new IOL (intraocular lens). After the surgery, the patient will not return to the surgeon or go to another surgeon for aftercare. Instead, the patient will go to the optometrist for all the aspects of post-operative care.
An optometrist with proper knowledge and training about the procedure can make this possible. The eye care provider must have the ability to diagnose any post-op complications. If there are any, the optometrist will communicate this right away to the eye surgeon. Co-management makes the entire LASIK procedure more straightforward for the patient.
It is common for optometrists to recommend LASIK surgery to their patients. This makes them the first layer of the co-management process. The first thing that the optometrist must do is to find the right eye surgeon. It would be more pleasant to have an optometrist and an ophthalmologist who work well together. That is why optometrists scour their areas for the ophthalmologist they can work with very well. An excellent professional relationship produces a smoother and more pleasant LASIK co-management.
When an optometrist decides to start a LASIK co-management, selecting the right surgeon is essential. The optometrist must be familiar with the eye surgeons in their professional community. This will enable the optometrist to be at ease with the surgeon. The optometrist will need a surgeon who supports optometry. The surgeon must also have a good professional track record.
After finding a co-managing specialist, adopting or developing a co-management code comes next. The optometrist should familiarize the clinic staff with the billing procedures of LASIK co-management. Their protocol will include IOL implantation. For this implantation, the optometrist’s office must submit an insurance claim to the patient’s health insurance company. This will clarify what the insurance company will cover.
A LASIK co-management plan is a more stable and convenient way to have continuous care. It is also a new revenue pathway for optometrists. With LASIK co-management, patients do not need to search elsewhere for post-op care. At Vision Tech Optometry Center, Inc., we provide our patients complete care even after their LASIK procedure. Visit our clinic in Waynesboro, Virginia, for an in-person consultation. You can also call us at 540-215-8361 for appointment scheduling or inquiries about our LASIK co-management program.