Costs calculated for vitrectomy claims

SEATTLE — In patients with newly diagnosed macular hole, only 24% had a vitrectomy performed within 1 year, according to a poster presented here.Using Medicare claims data from 2008 to 2010, Sunil Srivastava, MD, and colleagues calculated the mean cost in claims for those patients to be $5,900 greater than for patients who did not have vitrectomy. Over 2 years, the average allowed charges for ophthalmic services per vitrectomy patient was $7,702.

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