Five secrets to success with co-management
Five secrets to success with co-managementFive ophthalmologists share how to make the most of a co-managed relationship for smoother patient handoff, improved preoperative experiences, and better postoperative outcomes.
Comanaging with confidenceThe end game of any comanagement arrangement is providing patients with the best possible care they can receive. This seemingly obvious conclusion is sometimes clouded by the perception that optometry and ophthalmology are not working in tandem, and patients may be left confused and unsure about what is the best option for their ophthalmic care.
Of itching and watering and other thingsThis issue is our annual allergy issue. I’ve often joked that in the spring, a young man’s thoughts turns to love, while an old optometrist’s thoughts turns to ocular allergy. Treating our patients who present with seasonal allergic conjunctivitis is a large part of a primary-care optometric practice, especially this time of year.
Refer to your optometric colleaguesIt fills me with a sense of pride when I think about working with another physician to either complement the care of my patient or obtain services I cannot perform. Let’s face it, we are not capable of doing everything for our patients and thus we have to seek the guidance of those who are better at specific skills. We as a profession need to have our pulse on what other physicians are providing for our patients. This is the essence of comanaging our patient—it is not a financial agreement, it is a “what’s in your patients best interest” agreement.
Don’t be afraid to answer your phoneWhen you co-manage a patient for a surgical procedure, be prepared for some common post-op doctor-patient dialogues.
Toric IOLs enable comanagement opportunitiesThe toric intraocular lens (IOL) provides a greater range, enhanced efficacy, more precise visual recovery for the cataract patient, and reduced potential of complications in a single surgery. Also, toric lenses provide the opportunity for optometrists to co-manage the patient’s recovery.
Five pearls for successfully co-managing the premium IOL patientThe aging baby boom generation could create significant new opportunities for optometrists. ODs are the gatekeepers to cataract referrals and to intraocular lens (IOL) technology. Four out of five cataract diagnoses are made by an optometrist, so referring ODs should make a point of discussing all IOL options with patients.
Cataract Co-management—an OD’s perspective
Co-managing laser cataract surgeryKatherine M. Mastrota, OD, offers her view on one panelist’s presentation during the special session “Refractive/Cataract Surgery: The Future Revealed” at the 90th annual SECO International meeting in Atlanta.