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02/07/2019

Eye of Ohio - Winter Edition

President’s Message

Engagement Remains the Key

Greetings,

I encourage everyone to stay engaged and renew your membership in the Ohio Ophthalmological Society (OOS).  Engaging all ophthalmologist across the state of Ohio is more important than ever.  The delivery of care and the environment that we practice in, is rapidly changing.  In this issue of the OOS newsletter, you will read about a new national social media campaign started by the American Academy of Ophthalmology to fight against intense scope of practice issues rampant in more than 20 states.  Fortunately, Ohio is not one of these states but that does not mean that we should be complacent. We remain vigilant and resourceful by supporting our political action committee, OMEPAC, through our website and by assisting our friends in other states and at the Academy in supporting this new national campaign. 

On April 3, I encourage you and a colleague to join me at the Ohio Statehouse for the 2019 OOS Legislative Day.  We will meet with elected leaders and share our input on bills, policies and budget details that matter to Ohioans. This is our chance to have a seat at the table and to be heard. 

Finally, I hope that you are planning to join us on February 23 for the OOS Annual Meeting in Columbus. There is no better way for us to better ourselves and improve the care we provide for our patients than to share ideas and information with one another as colleagues.  I hope to see you there.  Let’s engage! 

Regards,

Joe Coney, MD

Still Time to Register for the 2019 Annual Meeting

The Ohio Ophthalmological Society’s 2019 Annual Meeting is two weeks away and there is still time for you register and attend. Join the 400 ophthalmologists, technicians, nurses and vendors that have already registered. The meeting will be held Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019 with on-site registration opening at 7 a.m. and the program beginning at 8 a.m. The meeting will be held at the Hilton Columbus at Easton.

The OOS Annual Meeting remains one of the leading state society meetings in the country drawing subject matter experts from across the county. New for this year:

CME that meets MOC Part II self-assessment requirements

Student, resident and fellow scientific poster abstracts

"Train the Trainer" course for office managers and technicians

Download course descriptions and register on-line now

 

Plan to Attend OOS Coding and Billing Seminars in March

Get the latest information to be compliant and maximize your reimbursement. Joy Newby will be returning to Ohio in March to conducting seminars in Cleveland, Columbus and Cincinnati.

Review dates, course information and register on-line today.

 

Ophthalmology Day at the Statehouse - April 3 

The Ohio Ophthalmological Society’s 2019 Legislative Day is scheduled for Wednesday, April 3 at 9 a.m. at the Ohio Statehouse. This is your chance to ensure that state elected leaders and state agency officials hear directly from you on pending legislation and policy matters that directly impact ophthalmology and the practice of medicine.

In January, Gov. Mike DeWine took office as did scores of newly elected Ohio state representatives and senators as the 133rd General Assembly began. Within the coming months, the OOS expects a new state budget proposal and the introduction of various pieces of legislation that may warrant the attention of physicians.

A schedule of events for the OOS Legislative Day will be forthcoming but is likely to include a visit to either the Ohio House or Senate during an open session and one-on-one meetings with elected and appointed officials.

If you wish to attend the OOS Legislative Day at the Statehouse please contact OOS Director Reggie Fields today at RFields@ohioeye.org for more information and schedule of events.

 

AAO Update

AAO Launches New Social Media Campaign to Thwart Scope Challenges

The American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) has launched a national social media campaign to address an unprecedented level of scope of practice issues threatening ophthalmology in nearly half of the states across the country.

The new digital campaign, dubbed the Safe Surgery Coalition, was designed to oppose attempts at surgery by non-surgeons, specifically optometrists. The AAO says the campaign will contain state-specific information and details for helping ophthalmologists engage on this issue.

The campaign features a website, Facebook page, and Twitter account.

While Ohio is not presently one of the target states for non-surgeons, the Ohio Ophthalmological Society (OOS) will strongly support the Safe Surgery Coalition. OOS members can visit the campaign’s social media tools at https://www.facebook.com/SafeSurgeryCoalition/ 

Case Western Reserve University Ophthalmology Residency Program Wins Advocacy Award

The AAO has presented its Commitment to Advocacy Award to Case Western Reserve University. The award was presented at the Association of University Professors of Ophthalmology (AUPO) annual meeting in Ft Lauderdale. 

The award recognizes a training department and its leadership for its outstanding support of the Academy’s Advocacy Ambassador Program. 

Save Our Sight Funding Continues To Support Eye Safety Program 

The OOS in January re-applied for funds from the Ohio Department of Health’s Save Our Sight Fund to continue the Play Hard. Don’t Blink / Superspecs program. The OOS applied for $650,000 for the the 2019-2020 competitive grant cycle and will be notified in June of the award status.

The OOS has made tremendous use of the ODH grant funds sustaining and growing the PHDB /Superspecs program during the current fiscal year. As of January, the OOS had distributed 7,000 protective baseball and softball helmets and 1,900 fielder's masks to over 600 youth teams in Ohio. 

In addition, 100 prescription goggles were donated in the month of December. In total, our program has donated over 17,150 pieces of protective equipment since July 1, 2018 including our non-prescription and vocational school goggle programs.  

To learn more about the Save Our Sight Fund, the programs it supports and how you can contribute go to www.saveoursight.ohio.gov 

 

Follow Us on Social Media!

We have found new ways to share the tremendous work ophthalmologists do in Ohio. The Ohio Ophthalmological Society (OOS) has all-new social media tools. Join the digital age and follow us today:

  • Twitter: @OhioOpSociety
  • Facebook: Ohio Ophthalmological Society
  • YouTube: Ohio Ophthalmological Society

And, don’t forget about our website:

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