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 Post subject: Questionable organization - National Consumer's League (NCL)
PostPosted: Wed Feb 01, 2006 7:49 pm 

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Jan 1, 2006
By: Paul Matheis
Ophthalmology Times

View from 'shoulders of giants' offers new vision

AAO Executive Vice President H. Dunbar Hoskins Jr., MD... reported a new ally in the battle for Surgery by Surgeons, the National Consumers League (NCL), which conducted a survey that reported public concern over what level of professional performs eye care. Other topics of interest to ophthalmologists, according to Dr. Hoskins, include the Practicing Ophthalmologist Curriculum (POC) knowledge base for certification, pay-for-performance initiatives, and legislation affecting reimbursement cuts.

Consumers have formed a league to battle for surgery by surgeons and to influence legislation affecting reimbursement cuts to rich doctors? I don't think so. Methinks the National Consumer's League is no patient advocacy group.

Definitely a suspect organization.

 Post subject: NCL - An ophthalmologist's advocy group it appears
PostPosted: Wed Feb 01, 2006 9:27 pm 

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NCL urges consumers to know eye-care credentials

Survey finds many are confused, but most individuals would opt for ophthalmologist for major care


Jan 1, 2006
By: Susanne Medeiros
Ophthalmology Times
Susanne Medeiros

The future of ophthalmology and patient care may well lie in patient education. According to a new study by the National Consumers League (NCL), many consumers?including those who wear glasses and contact lenses?are confused about the differences among various eye-care providers, the services they perform, and the training and education they must complete.

As a result the NCL, the nation's oldest consumer advocacy organization, is urging consumers to know who their eye-care practitioners are, and to take an active role in their eye care.

NCL commissioned the Web-based survey of 600 adults over the age of 25 to explore consumers' understanding of the eye-care field. The survey was made possible by an unrestricted educational grant provided by the academy.

The study also found that one-third of the respondents believe optometrists earn medical degrees and nearly 50% believe optometrists can be board certified. Despite this confusion about which eye-care professionals have medical degrees, most respondents indicate that when it comes to performing surgeries (including laser), injecting/prescribing medications, and emergency care, they prefer their eye-care provider to have a medical degree. Respondents also appeared to demonstrate a preference to have most eye-care needs met by an ophthalmologist. When asked hypothetically about the type of eye-care provider they would see if they suffered from a variety of conditions, respondents showed an overwhelming preference to visit an ophthalmologist.

This preference only increased once respondents were provided with information about the difference between various eye-care providers. Respondents indicated a strong preference to have ophthalmologists address more advanced eye-care needs, including surgery (95%) and prescribing medications (92%)?all powerful evidence for the need to educate consumers to take an active role in their care and to understand who it is they're seeking treatment from.

To help consumers better understand eye care, NCL has produced a white paper about the state of eye care in the United States and created new Web resources and tips on its Web site, www.nclnet.org/. From the Web site, consumers can learn about the various members of the eye-care team, their training, and the services they can provide. It also includes tips and a checklist of questions for patients to ask their eye-care providers about treatments and services.

The white paper lays out today's challenging health-care environment: the increasing demand for more preventive care and more effective chronic disease management, in competition with an increasing sensitivity to cost control and productivity, leading to the expanding role of non-physician practitioners providing medical care. The paper also explores the real challenges this trend poses to quality patient care, as well as the legislative developments and policy decisions it has unleashed. Most importantly, it provides a framework to guide consumers as they make eye-care provider decisions, ultimately encouraging them to take control of their health-care choices.

The academy has made it a priority to educate the public about this study and NCL's new resources, but as always, ophthalmology's best advocate is you.

Do you think they include the contributers to TheLasikFlap?

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