There are real economic and quality of care benefits that result when comprehensive eye health and vision care benefits are integrated and embedded in health plans and optometrists are included on health plan provider panels.#1: Better access to care:
More optometrists mean better access for patients in their communities.
#2: Mandates to the Affordable Healthcare Act:
There is a force of change to make comprehensive and integrated eye health and vision care plans a no brainer:
- Better access to care
- Improve efficiency and quality of care
- More affordable coverage
#3: Cost savings to plan and patient
Making a case for comprehensive and integrated eye care delivery is easy when you consider the savings that can be realized. Integrated and comprehensive eye care translates into patient choices and convenience, improved care and reduced costs by avoiding expensive emergency room care when circumstances do not warrant emergency room visits.
What happens when non-emergent eye care patients are diverted from ED to the primary eye care setting?
- An overall potential savings of $0.181 PMPM
- More than 80% cost savings through ER diversion alone
- Improved quality of care by avoiding diagnosis errors by non-eye specialists and by avoiding prescriptions for inappropriate medications
#4: Part of the greater healthcare community
Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, health care will soon be more interconnected among a full continuum of healthcare providers. The AOA is helping optometrists join a more integrated health community by providing Health IT solutions and secure connectivity to the health care provider and payer communities and to patients seeking eye care.