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Update on Averting Medicare Payment Cuts

The House of Representatives passed legislation on Tuesday that would substantially reduce the nearly 10% in physician fee cuts that are scheduled for Jan. 1, 2022, under the Medicare program. The legislation now is being considered by the Senate. The AAO provided the following summary of the legislation...


Ohio Legislative Summary: Scope of Practice Update

There are have been a number of scope of practice activities in Ohio—legislative and regulatory—in 2021. Some will continue into 2022. Here is a summary of the highlights. None of these details currently relate to optometry, but we will update OOS members immediately should there be any activity.


Modifiers and Your Practice

Modifiers present many challenges in the care that you provide to patients as there are times they are “required” and there some times that we add them hoping that it helps get the payment for the services provided, but we are unsure they are really needed or are the correct ones to use. This article looks to clarify this process for you.


Superspecs Eye Safety Program Update

So many great things are happening at Superspecs!  Since July we have distributed over 20,000 pieces of protective equipment to leagues, teams, schools, clubs and individuals throughout Ohio.  In addition, we have been working with 4-H of Ohio and the Girl Scouts of Ohio's Heartland to pilot two new eye safety programs that we will be launching in 2022.


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.