The Cost of Glaucoma Care Provided to Medicare Beneficiaries from 2002 to 2009 – Corrected Proof

Purpose: To estimate payments for glaucoma care among Medicare beneficiaries from 2002 to 2009.Design: Database study.Participants: Data from a 5% random sample of Medicare billing information from 2002 to 2009.Methods: Medicare beneficiaries, aged 65 years or older, with both Parts A and B fee-for-service (FFS) enrollment comprised the annual denominator. For each year, we included those with a defined glaucoma diagnostic code linked to a glaucoma visit, diagnostic test, or laser/surgical procedure. Open-angle, angle-closure, and other glaucoma were categorized separately. Claims were classified into glaucoma care, other eye care, and other medical care.Main Outcome Measures: Cost of glaucoma care in the Medicare (Read more...)

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