Medicare Low Vision Demonstration Project

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Wilmer Eye Institute, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore MD
Sep 15 2010
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Final Reports - September 2010

Three major reports on the Medicare Low Vision Rehabilitation Demonstration Project have just been released. These reports describe the results of studies by Brandeis University of low vision service providers, beneficiaries, and claims in the Medicare Low Vision Rehabilitation Demonstration Project.

 

The Final Report on Provider Case Studies (January 22, 2010, 89 pages) provides the reader with an overview of the needs for low vision rehabilitation services and the current system for providing these services. The report addresses the following questions. What are low vision rehabilitation services and do Medicare beneficiaries need them? What organizations are participating in the Demonstration Project and what are their organizational structures, professionals, finances and population they serve? What are the experiences of the organizations and their professional staff participating in the Demonstration project? The experiences of the Lighthouse International in New York, Metrolina Association for the Blind in Charlotte, N.C., New Hampshire Association for the Blind in Concord, N.H., Center for the Visually Impaired in Atlanta, Georgia, and the Community Services for the Blind and Partially Sighted in Seattle, Washington, are discussed in detail, including barriers to success. A complete review of all the agencies is provided in the report. Click here to read the entire report.

 

The Final Report on Beneficiary Case Studies (January 25, 2010, 24 pages) provides readers information on the type of beneficiary who participated in the CMS Low Vision Rehabilitation Demonstration Project. The information was obtained from discussions and interviews with nine patients of one of the participating agencies in the Demonstration Project. Beneficiary characteristics, service received, effectiveness of services, and barriers to service are covered in the report. Though this represents a limited number of participants, the report gives a picture of the beneficiary who participated in the low vision demonstration project. Click here to read the entire report.

 

The Final Report on Claims Analysis (August 25, 2010, 40 pages) describes an analysis of who uses low vision rehabilitation therapy; an examination of the population based rate of low vision rehabilitation therapy; how much low vision rehabilitation therapy Is provided and at what cost to Medicare; the characteristics of low vision rehabilitation therapy provided under Medicare; and what Medicare expenditures low vision rehabilitation therapy users incur in the year prior to utilization. These topics will be discussed from two perspectives prior to the Demonstration (in the Demonstration geographic and non geographic regions). This report suggests where future efforts might be directed in formulating policy that would serve individuals in need of low vision rehabilitation. Click here to read the entire report.