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Alcon lens payment boost

This article was originally published in The Gray Sheet

Executive Summary

CMS grants Alcon AcrySof IQ intraocular lens a new technology IOL classification, effective May 19. The $50 bonus payment for cataract surgery with the lens remains in effect for five years. According to Alcon, CMS based its decision on evidence that AcrySof IQ has "the same or greater clinical benefit" as Advanced Medical Optics' Tecnis IOL, the first lens to receive the new tech classification (1"The Gray Sheet" Jan. 30, 2006, In Brief)...

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