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Practice Management Update: 2007 and Beyond—Changes in AMD Management

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Release Date: July 13, 2007.
Termination Date: July 13, 2008.

Estimated time for completion of this activity: 1.0 hour

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    Angela M. Chambers, RN, MBA
    Executive Director
    Associated Retina
       Consultants, Ltd.
    Phoenix, Arizona

    Sharam Danesh, MD
    Vitreoretinal Surgeon
    Associated Retina
       Consultants, Ltd.
    Associate Professor
    Department of Ophthalmology
       Retina Services
    University of Arizona
    Phoenix, Arizona
    William T. Koch, COA, COE, CPC
    Associate Consultant
    Corcoran Consulting Group
    San Bernardino, California

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    A Free On-Demand Webcast for Physicians, Nurses, and Practice Managers

    The incidence of age-related macular degeneration (AMD), the most common cause of irreversible vision loss in Americans, has been increasing as the U.S. population continues to age. With more patients requiring treatment, and with the advent of newer and more efficacious therapeutic agents, clinicians and practice managers need to manage the flow of AMD patients in the practice setting and optimally incorporate these novel therapies into treatment regimens according to the newest Medicare reimbursement guidelines.

    Practice Management Update: 2007 and Beyond—Changes in AMD Management presents updated information on current and emerging AMD therapies, including agents that target vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF), and clarifies the changes in Medicare reimbursement guidelines for 2007 and beyond as they relate to AMD management.



    Medicare 2007 and Beyond - Impact on AMD
    William T. Koch, COA, COE, CPC

    Overview of AMD Therapy
    Sharam Danesh, MD

    AMD Best Practices for Best Patient Care
    Angela M. Chambers, RN, MBA



    This activity will be directed to office-based practice managers, physicians, and nurses/nurse practitioners involved in the financial responsibilities associated with the practice and management of patients with age-related macular degeneration (AMD).


    The goal of this activity is to review treatment options and practical business aspects of managing patients with AMD.



    • Integrate knowledge of the need for early diagnosis in at-risk patients and the efficacy and safety/toxicity of current and emerging therapies, including anti-VEGF therapies, into strategic therapy regimens for patients with AMD to minimize their loss of vision.

    • Assess the implications of new 2007 Medicare changes concerning AMD management, including targeted therapies, to develop strategies that maximize reimbursement and integrate anti-VEGF therapies into regimens that improve patients’ vision outcomes.

    • Identify and evaluate strategies for incorporating efficiencies into the practice setting to obtain reimbursement for patient services, including new anti-VEGF therapies, and to ensure best practices and improved patient outcomes.



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    Angela M. Chambers, RN, MBA, has received grant/research support from Genentech, Inc, Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation, and Pfizer Inc; is on the speakers bureau of the American Academy of Ophthalmology; and is a consultant for Alcon Laboratories, Eyetech, Genentech, Inc, IVN-IDP, and Pfizer Inc. Ms. Chambers has disclosed that she will not discuss any investigational or unlabeled uses of commercial products in this activity.

    Sharam Danesh, MD, has no significant relationships to disclose. Dr. Danesh has disclosed that he will discuss investigational or unlabeled uses of Anecortave, Bevacizumab, Cand5, Dexamethasone, Sirna-027, Squalamine lactate, VEGF Trap, in this activity.

    William T. Koch, COA, COE, CPC, has no significant relationships to disclose. Mr. Koch has disclosed that he will discuss investigational or unlabeled uses of bevacizumab in this activity.

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