Medicare payments for glaucoma care per person declined between 2002 and 2009

The annual per-patient cost of glaucoma care among Medicare beneficiaries decreased in constant dollars between 2002 and 2009, according to a study.However, cataract and retina eye care for patients with glaucoma outstripped the cost of glaucoma care, the study authors said.Investigators used data from a 5% random sample of Medicare billing information from 2002 to 2009. Data included elderly patients older than 65 years with Medicare Parts A and B coverage who underwent glaucoma care. Claims were categorized as glaucoma, other eye care or other medical care.

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