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Extra consultations before cataract surgery rise

(Reuters Health) A study of U.S. Medicare claims finds a jump in extra doctor consultations before cataract surgery, but no clear medical reason for the added costs.
"The preoperative medical consultation is an understudied area. It's an intervention that we spend several billion dollars on each year in this country. We know surprisingly little about the process," Dr. Stephen Thilen told Reuters Health.
"What we're studying here is how often do we bring a third provider in - a service that is in addition to the others and it's separately billed. It adds an expense," said Thilen, an assistant professor of anesthesiology and pain medicine at the University of Washington in Seattle who led the study.
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