As primary-care optometrists, we are the gatekeepers for baby boomers inquiring about cataract surgery. Today’s patients have treatment options available not only to address their lifestyle complaints but to provide them with better vision and possibly reduced dependence on glasses or contact lenses.
Not all situations can be handled within one office, so sometimes it is necessary to refer patients elsewhere. Despite the logic behind them, referrals often come bundled with liabilities that can give any OD a headache.
The American Health Care Act (AHCA)—or Trumpcare—will provide fewer people with healthcare coverage than the Affordable Care Act (ACA) or Obamacare, cost more, and significantly reduce Medicaid funding, says the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) and other experts.