Episode 62

Updates for Medicare and a General overview of where IOR Partners is going

by Ophthalmology Business Academy | January 31, 2024

Tony is back on our podcast!

In this episode, Tony addresses the recent changes in Medicare and their impact on office-based surgeries. Tune in now for a timely update and valuable insights into navigating these shifts.


  • 00:01:02 – Why Tony got into ophthalmology
  • 00:02:08 – Reason behind getting an MBA
  • 00:02:57 – Medicare ruling on Office Based Surgery
  • 00:07:50 – Office-based surgery reimbursement and parity.
    • The goal is to achieve a fair reimbursement rate for office-based cataract surgery, emphasizing the comparable costs with ASC.
  • 00:10:28 – Is it possible to conduct Medicare cases in the office today, and if so, is reimbursement available for these cases?
  • 00:14:09 – Are there examples of other specialties where office based surgery is recognized by Medicare
  • 00:18:28 – Is reimbursement exclusive to Medicare, or do other insurers also provide reimbursement for office-based cataract surgery?
  • 00:23:25 – What is the rationale behind the increasing trend of physicians transitioning to office-based surgery, and what factors contribute to the growth in this field?
  • 00:26:37 – Step-by-step guidelines to build an OBS for a busy practice owner targeting revenue generation within 100 days

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Tony Burns MBA, CASA, CSFA

Principal Founder, Chief Strategy Officer at iOR Partners

Tony received his MBA from the University of Utah with an emphasis in Healthcare Management. He is a Certified ASC Administrator and a Certified Surgical First Assist. He has worked nationally as an administrator/consultant developing and managing over 140 Office-Based and Freestanding Multi-specialty Ambulatory Surgery Centers focusing on Ophthalmology. As a consultant and administrator, Tony has completed over 100 CMS, AAAHC, AAAASF and JCAHO surveys.

Connect with Tony

LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/tony-burns-mba-casa-csfa-267270160
IOR Partners: iorpartners.com


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