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Mass. Eye and Ear | Joslin Diabetes Center

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Boston, MA 02215


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Boston, MA 02115



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Massachusetts Eye and Ear and the Joslin Diabetes Center /Beetham Eye Institute (BEI) have formed a clinical alliance to deliver highest-quality care to eye patients, especially those with or at-risk for diabetic-related eye complications.Mass. Eye and Ear Joslin staff

This collaboration provides a full array of general and subspecialty eye care, backed by advanced diagnostic and ancillary services and addressing the most complex vision and eye-related problems. From annual vision screening to diabetic eye care, cataract and refractive surgery, treatment of complicated glaucoma and cornea disease, macular and other retinal degenerations, cosmetic and ophthalmic plastic surgery, and vision rehabilitation, our physicians and staff provide world-class care to our patients.

About the Collaboration

This new collaboration brings together Boston's two most advanced clinical eye departments, Joslin's Beetham Eye Institute (BEI) and Mass. Eye and Ear's Department of Ophthalmology.  The alliance will allow providers to offer patients coordinated, efficient and effective care.

The Beetham Eye Institute has long been a leader in both clinical care and research for patients with or at-risk of developing diabetes-related eye disease The Institute is also a world leader in the design and development of clinical trials in diabetic retinopathy, and is involved in nearly every major clinical trial involving the treatment and prevention of diabetic retinopathy and macular edema in the United States.

The collaboration operates under the direction of medical director Dr. Lloyd Paul Aiello. Dr. Aiello is a vice-chair in the Harvard Department of Ophthalmology, as well as an accomplished clinician-scientist and a leader in the Harvard Medical School angiogenesis research group. This group first identified vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) as a key regulator of abnormal new blood vessels in eye disease. Dr. Aiello is also chairperson of the Diabetic Retinopathy Clinical Research Network and he currently oversees Mass. Eye and Ear’s ophthalmology service at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.  

Frequently Asked Questions

Read some frequently asked questions about this affiliation.

Will I need to pay a deductible or co-insurance for the facility use charge?
Copayments and deductibles are determined by your insurance plan. To better understand what your copayment and deductible amounts may be, you should contact the Member Services Department of your health plan.

Do I need a referral?
Yes. If you have a managed care plan, you are responsible for requesting a referral from your Primary Care Physician. In the case of Mass Health patients, two referrals, one for the facility and one for the physician should be requested.

Who do I call to make an appointment?
Appointments for patients seeking eye care from a BEI physician and Mass. Eye and Ear are scheduled by calling the Joslin Central Appointment Office at 617-309-2440.

My insurance is Mass Health. Will I be covered?
We accept Massachusetts Medicaid patients. If you have joined a Medicaid Managed Care plan, it is important for you to make certain that both Mass. Eye and Ear and your BEI physician participate in your plan’s network. We do not have contracts with all Medicaid Managed Care Plans.

For questions regarding your coverage, call: MassHealth Customer Service Center at 1-800-841-2900 or visit their website.