News Posts


OOS Comments on CMS Proposed Glaucoma Payment Reductions

OOS has submitted comment to CMS regarding its proposed reimbursement reductions to certain glaucoma related codes and the negative impact these changes could have on patient access to sight-saving micro-invasive glaucoma surgery (MIGS).


Membership Invoice & Annual Meeting Reminders

Please note the following details about membership renewal, and the on-demand access to 2021's Annual Meeting videos.


Save the Date for 2022's Annual Meeting

It is with much excitement and anticipation that we begin the planning process for an in-person 2022 OOS annual meeting, scheduled for Feb. 19 at the Hilton Easton in Columbus for both physicians and technicians.


Diagnoses Coding 101… and Your Practice

In moving to 2021 and the E/M changes for levels of care including simplification of how documentation of history and exam relies heavily on accurate primary diagnoses addressed in your encounter, pertinent secondary issues that impact your plan and in some cases additional psycho-social factors that may complicate patient care.


New CME Requirement on the Duty to Report

Effective May 31, 2021, MDs, DOs and DPMs will be required to complete one hour of Continuing Medical Education (CME) prior to renewal on the topic of a licensee’s duty to report misconduct under section 4731.224 of the Revised Code. The enforcement of this requirement will commence with renewal applications submitted on or after July 1, 2021.


Aetna Cataract Prior Authorization Update

We have heard from many OOS members regarding Aetna’s new policy requiring prior authorization for cataract surgery (starting July 1). This is a national decision made by Aetna and the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) reported last Friday evening. After intense push back from the Academy and others, the company wasn’t willing to revise its policy.


Play Hard, Don’t Blink Supports Eye Safety During the Pandemic

For the past 20 years, the OOS has provided thousands of pieces of eye safety equipment to leagues, schools and individuals in every county in Ohio. While the pandemic made 2020 a challenging year for equipment distribution, we were still able to provide 25,000 pieces of equipment.


Reimbursement Updates & Reminders

The 2% Medicare payment adjustment (Sequester) is suspended through end of 2021, and Optum revises policy that raised fees on Ophthalmology practices. Also, Ohio Medicaid announces new Managed Care Organization (MCO) contracts...Get these details and more.


Joy Newby Retires—Save the date for AAO Codequest

Live Webinar on Feb. 5, 2021