Time parameters for glaucoma procedures.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Changes in physician reimbursement and the practice environment have emphasized the importance of determining physician time for procedures and services. Forty-five percent of the members of the American Glaucoma Society responded to a mail survey of estimates of the length of time and number of visits for the preoperative, operative, and 90-day postoperative care for six common glaucoma procedures. Results suggest a significant underestimation of time for trabeculectomies exists in the original and new resource-based relative value scale work values. Further, 47% to 53% of surgeons hospitalize patients on at least the first postoperative day. There were no apparent time efficiencies between "high-" and "low-volume" respondents. Thus, careful attention should be paid to the accuracy of certain time estimates and the resulting work values in the resource-based relative value scale. Additional work in this and other areas may prove illuminating.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Lee, PP; Rao, S; Azen, S; Linton, KL; Minckler, DS

Published Date

  • June 1994

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 112 / 6

Start / End Page

  • 755 - 758

PubMed ID

  • 8002832

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0003-9950

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1001/archopht.1994.01090180053034


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States