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Matossian Eye Associates Scores Perfect 100 for Merit-Based Incentive Program (MIPS)

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Don’t Hesitate to Visit The Eye Doctor’s Office - We Are Here To Help!

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Matossian Eye Associates Scores Perfect 100 for Merit-Based Incentive Program (MIPS)

Matossian Eye Associates Scores Perfect 100 for Merit-Based Incentive Program (MIPS)

Posted on: Tuesday, May 22, 2018
Author: Troy Cole

 

Multi-specialty ophthalmology practice with offices in Pennsylvania and New Jersey recognized for outstanding quality of care, advanced care information provision, premium clinical practices and value-conscious operations. 

Doylestown, PA May 21, 2018 – Indicative of the level of attention and detail that its team puts forward in order to provide the highest level of patient care, Matossian Eye Associates scored a perfect 100 when assessed under the Merit-Based Incentive Program (MIPS) guidelines. Based on the massive amount of data that Medicare collects nationwide, there is no higher level of quality a practice can achieve. The multi-specialty ophthalmology practice serving patients in Pennsylvania and New Jersey was recognized – with a maximum score of 100 out of 100 – for its quality of care measures, advanced care information provision abilities, outstanding clinical practices and the value it offers patients. 

According to Matossian Eye Associates representatives, Medicare, just this year, switched from the “Meaningful Use” standard for EMR used for the past five years – mainly to promote active usage of EMR – to a system dubbed the Merit-Based Incentive Program (otherwise known as MIPS). This MIPS score was drawn from Matossian’s patient database, which is submitted to Medicare via IRIS, a service of the Academy of Ophthalmology, embedded in the practice’s EMR. 

MIPS is made up of four areas – 50 percent for quality of care measures, 25 percent for advanced care information (the way in which practices and clinics electronically provide patients with education and access to their records, as well as the way they communicate with patients and other doctors digitally), 15 percent for clinical practices and 10 percent for cost. 

“Our Board-Certified providers offer a complete range of preventative and corrective eye care, detection and treatment of eye disease and eye surgery using the most advanced technology available – including the latest microsurgical techniques,” states George Saunders, CFO of Matossian Eye Associates. “From the ‘best-fitting’ contact lenses to being the leading specialists in cataract and glaucoma, we always strive to provide our patients with the very best in eye health, and this is why we’re so very proud to have scored a perfect 100 for the Merit-Based Incentive Program.” 

Matossian Eye Associates, as a multi-specialty ophthalmology practice with three conveniently-located offices in Doylestown, Pennsylvania and Hopewell and Hamilton, New Jersey, goes out of its way to ensure patients visiting the clinic have the most pleasant experience during every encounter. The practice offers a myriad of services, including cataract surgical procedures, presbyopia IOLs, astigmatism correction, monofocal/monovision IOLs, after-cataract procedures, glaucoma treatment, contact lenses and more. 

In Doylestown, Matossian Eye Associates is located at 501 Hyde Park Route 202 and can be reached by calling (215) 230-9200. In Hopewell, Matossian Eye Associates  is located at Two Capital Way Suite 326 and can be reached by calling (609) 882-8833. In Hamilton, MEA is located at 1445 Whitehorse-Mercerville Road Suite 106 and can be reached by calling (609) 890-0772. For more information visit www.MatossianEye.com or call (800) 708-8800.

Don’t Hesitate to Visit The Eye Doctor’s Office - We Are Here To Help!

Posted on: Thursday, May 17, 2018

By: Rebecca Posner, OD

 

For many people, visiting the doctor is not at the top of their list for a fun and exciting experience. But for others, it can actually be a scary and overwhelming experience. 

If you are nodding along as you read this, please know that you are not alone - many people experience nervousness in the doctor’s office. Here at Matossian Eye Associates, we strive to provide a pleasant office experience at every appointment. If you feel anxious about your visit, here are a few tips to consider:

Let Our Staff Know

Our friendly office staff loves getting to know you. Our front desk receptionists and ophthalmic assistants are highly trained to answer any of your questions relating to your visit.  We are here to put your mind at ease. Many of our staff find this the most rewarding part of their job, and it is also beneficial for us to know that you have some concerns and worries before any treatment begins.

Come Prepared with Your Questions

Consider this common scenario: before you arrive, you have 50 questions you want answered. But once you sit down with the doctor, you draw a blank. My recommendation: write a list of your questions on a piece of paper or in a note on your smartphone. Then reference your list during your appointment, or even hand your list of questions to the doctor. He or she will work through the list, ensuring that your mind is put at ease before you leave the appointment.

Bring A Friend

Bring a friend, spouse or loved one, their presence alone might help you to remain calm, and relaxed. 

Bring Something Relaxing to do While You Wait – Although we try our best to run on schedule, unexpected delays are always possible in a medical office. Bring an iPod, Book, Kindle or even a crossword puzzle to enjoy and relax while you wait.

There Are No Wrong Questions (or Answers)

Many patients fear needing eyeglasses, fear a possible medical diagnosis or eye disease, and some even fear the bright lights of the examination itself.  Even the simple question of "Which is clearer - one or two?" is a very common source of anxiety for patients. They fear that a wrong response will give them incorrect eyeglasses.  This is not the case! There is no such thing as a wrong answer, and any single answer does not dictate your eyeglasses prescription. We aim to tell you what to expect, what we are doing, and what equipment we are using at every step of the exam.

Remember that every member of the Matossian Eye Associates team is dedicated to giving you the best possible experience, which is why communication is so vital. We are here to help you, to keep your eyes healthy, and hopefully to improve your quality of life. So try your best not to worry, and let’s work together to resolve your vision problems.

Why 3 May Be The Ideal Number When It Comes To Better Vision After Cataract Surgery

Why 3 May Be The Ideal Number When It Comes To Better Vision After Cataract Surgery

Posted on: Tuesday, May 15, 2018
Author: Sebastian Lesniak, M.D.

 

Consider for a moment the sophistication of your visual system. To see things correctly, your eyes have to take in vast volumes of information; then your brain must process that information in milliseconds so your body can react appropriately. Most people are aware of the invention of bifocal glasses, which help to focus on objects that are both close and far away. But what about objects which are neither? If an object is on the border between short and long vision, then traditional glasses, contact lenses or even bifocals may not be able to assist the wearer to focus appropriately. 

A Trifocal Intraocular Lens Could Soon Arrive In The United States 

The good news is that a trifocal Intraocular lens (the type of lens technology implanted during cataract surgery) has been invented that can help patients focus on objects at near, far and even in between. 

The Zeiss AT LISA tri and AT LISA tri toric are part of a family of trifocal intraocular lenses that offer hope for people who desire improved vision at short, intermediate and long distances. In a clinical study, nearly 100% of patients reported that after these lenses were implanted, they no longer required the use of spectacles. And on an even more positive note, in a entirely separate study, 97% of users recommended this intraocular lens to their family and friends. 

Will This Lens Require A More Complicated Procedure? 

Common sense might dictate that because the lens has to focus over three distances, it would naturally be bigger, and potentially require a more challenging process to implant it. In fact, this implant can be placed through a minimal 1.8 mm corneal incision, which is even smaller than the typical 2.75 mm corneal incision used in lens replacement procedures. Smaller incisions make cataract surgery safer and induce less corneal astigmatism. 

How Do These New Intraocular Lenses Compare To Those Available In The United States Today? 

Several advanced lens technologies are currently available in the United States. Premium Intraocular Lenses such as the Symfony Lens, for example, give extended depth of focus and provide distance, and intermediate vision. Traditional multifocal intraocular lenses offer distance and near vision, but the intermediate range may still be blurry. Ophthalmologists therefore are forced to make somewhat of a compromised choice, dependent on which areas of focus are more important to their individual patient. 

As Zeiss AT LISA tri and AT LISA tri toric have not been approved by the FDA, Matossian Eye Associates are unable to offer them at present. Our hope is they will receive the required approval soon so our team of ophthalmologists can offer these lenses as an option for our patients who desire improved vision following cataract surgery. 

The XEN Stent - One Of The Biggest Breakthroughs In Glaucoma Surgery In Years

The XEN Stent - One Of The Biggest Breakthroughs In Glaucoma Surgery In Years

Posted on: Thursday, May 10, 2018
Author: Priya Desai, MD, MBA

 

Although we deal with a broad variety of different eye issues here at Matossian Eye Associates, glaucoma is one of the most common conditions we treat for our patients. Because it affects so many people, when a new treatment is developed that could potentially help thousands of patients, it causes a great deal of excitement within the practice. 

The XEN stent is one such breakthrough method for glaucoma treatment.

What Are the Benefits of the XEN Stent?

The XEN Stent has the advantage of being minimally invasive, and the procedure aims to reduce pressure in the eye. Another benefit of this procedure is that it can be done independently or in conjunction with cataract surgery, depending on the situation of the individual. 

This new procedure is a great alternative to laser treatment and medications when those options are not sufficient for the patient’s condition. I have used the XEN stent on a number of different occasions with great success. In my experience, it is very well tolerated by patients and has proven to be an excellent alternative option to the much more invasive glaucoma surgery. 

How Long Does The XEN Stent Procedure Take From Start To Finish? 

Patients understandably can get nervous about any procedure, particularly those involving their eyes, but this procedure is very quick and straightforward. In fact, the entire procedure from start to finish takes about 20 minutes, and it is performed under topical anesthesia. 

Your Next Steps

If you have any concerns about glaucoma and how you are coping with it, then schedule your appointment at Matossian Eye Associates. The quicker we can deal with any problems you are having, the more treatment options are available to you. The critical point to remember is that these issues are very unlikely to resolve themselves, so please don’t suffer in silence. Come in and discuss the situation with our team now, and let’s decide the best course of action for your Glaucoma.

How “Enchroma Glasses” Could Solve Your Color Blindness Problems

How “Enchroma Glasses” Could Solve Your Color Blindness Problems

Posted on: Wednesday, May 09, 2018
Author: Edwin Grubb, COT

 

What Is Color Blindness?

Color Blindness, which is also referred to as color vision deficiency, is a condition in which a person’s eyes are unable to see different colors under natural light. This can cause problems in everyday life - from traffic signals to warning signs. The retina contains approximately 6 million retinal cone cells. Each cell is color-specific, responding to the three primary colors: red, green and blue. Color blindness is caused by an inherited defect in the development of one of these sets of cones. 

A few facts about Color blindness:

  • Color blindness affects millions of people across the world but is much more prominent in men than women. 
  • About 1 in 12 men suffer from the condition compared to 1 in 200 women. 
  • The condition ranges from a variety of defects, red-green color blindness being the most common. 
  • Color Vision Deficiency can be acquired, but in most cases, it is inherited genetically.
  • The genes that influence the colors seen inside the eyes called photopigments are carried on the X chromosome. 
  • If these genes are abnormal or damaged, color blindness occurs. 

With color blindness being such a significant problem worldwide, scientists have been trying to discover a solution for many years. An innovative, out-of-the-box solution has recently been developed that uses glasses to solve that problem, rather than any operation on the eye. 

Could Enchroma Glasses Provide A Solution?                       

At Matossian Eye Associates, we are always researching and investigating new scientific breakthroughs that could benefit our patients. A company called The Enchroma Company has developed glasses which are showing excellent results in resolving the all too common frustrations of color blindness. The company has developed a specialized lens that filters out specific colors by using “multi-notch filtering,” which cuts out sharp wavelengths of light to enhance particular colors. Enchroma lenses separate the overlapping red and green cones, helping improve vision for people who have difficulty seeing reds and greens.     

A Personal Tale Of Significant Improvement

Sometimes the ways in which our work as an opthamologist changes lives is never more apparent than when it benefits a loved one. This happened to me recently when I asked my son, who had inherited red-green color blindness from his grandfather, to try on a set of Enchroma glasses. 

As they say in a certain credit card advertisement, his reaction was priceless. He had never experienced seeing true red and green, and he was simply blown away by the sudden explosion of color. He now wears a pair of these glasses all the time when he is outside, and believes that as a result, he has become a better golfer, now that he can read the greens. 

What Could The Future Hold?

Certain careers require a person to undergo eyesight tests to ensure that they do not suffer from color blindness - Police Officers and Pilots are two such careers. For anyone who has their heart set on one of these jobs, to discover that their dreams are dashed as a consequence of an inherited health issue can be frustrating, and in some cases devastating. 

Although I have no evidence to suggest that these glasses will change the employment requirements for these specific careers, technology and science continue to evolve at a frantic pace. Perhaps in coming years, color blindness will no longer be an insurmountable problem for millions of people worldwide.