The Relationship between Medicare Payment and Service Volume for Retina Procedures from 2005 through 2009

Dan Gong, Lin Jun, James C. Tsai

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Abstract

Purpose To calculate the relationship between Medicare payment and service volume for the 3 highest-volume retina procedures: intravitreal injection (Current Procedural Terminology [CPT] code 67028), laser treatment for retinal edema (CPT code 67210), and laser treatment for proliferative retinopathy (CPT code 67228). Design Retrospective, longitudinal database study. Participants One hundred percent dataset of all retina procedures performed on Medicare Part B beneficiaries within the United States from 2005 through 2009. Methods Fixed-effects regression model using Medicare Part B carrier data for all 50 states and the District of Columbia, controlling for time-invariant carrier-specific characteristics, national trends in service volume, Medicare beneficiary population, number of ophthalmologists, and income per capita. Main Outcome Measures Medicare payment-service volume elasticities, defined as the percent change in service volume per 1% change in Medicare payment, for intravitreal injection, laser treatment for retinal edema, and laser treatment for proliferative retinopathy. Results For all 3 retina procedures, the regression coefficients representing the Medicare payment-service volume elasticity were nonsignificant: intravitreal injection elasticity, -0.75 (95% confidence interval [CI], -1.62 to 0.13; P = 0.09); laser treatment for retinal edema elasticity, 0.14 (95% CI, -0.38 to 0.65; P = 0.59); and laser treatment for proliferative retinopathy elasticity, 0.05 (95% CI, -0.26 to 0.35; P = 0.77). Conclusions This study found no evidence suggesting that there is an association between Medicare payment and service volume for the 3 highest-volume retina procedures from 2005 through 2009.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1609-1614
Number of pages6
JournalOphthalmology
Volume122
Issue number8
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Aug 2015
Externally publishedYes

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