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Staar lens wins CMS new technology IOL recognition

This article was originally published in The Gray Sheet

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Medicare will provide an additional reimbursement of $50 per lens when Staar Surgical's Afinity Collamer Aspheric foldable intraocular lens is provided to a cataract patient in an ambulatory surgical center, following the lens' designation as a new technology intraocular lens by CMS, announced March 17. To receive NTIOL recognition, an IOL must be FDA-approved with labeling and advertising consistent with the specific claim for which CMS approval is being sought, and the IOL must provide measurable, clinically meaningful improved patient outcomes over other available IOLs. The Staar Afinity IOL, which has been cleared for enhanced reimbursement through Feb. 26, 2011, reduces spheric aberrations to improve visual acuity, Staar says
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