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Your New OOS Board Members

With individuals being term limited, moving to executive committee roles, or resigning due to other professional opportunities, the OOS held elections this summer and now has seven new board members representing our different areas of the state.


Play Hard. Don’t Blink. Program Grant Renewed!

We are pleased to report that the Play Hard. Don’t Blink. program (PHDB) has been funded for another year by the Ohio Department of Health’s Save Our Sight fund! For the past 22 years, the PHDB program has provided sports, recreational, vocational, and other eye safety equipment to young Ohioans across the state.


August Advocacy Report

Now that the primaries are over, the focus has shifted to the general election this November—when we will be electing a new governor, U.S. Senator, Supreme Court Justices, and members of the Ohio General Assembly. Please consider a contribution to the Ohio Medical Eye PAC to provide the resources we need to be active in the political process.


New 66989/66991 Vision Codes

There were a number of questions during the March coding and documentation webinar regarding the Ohio Medicaid facility claims for CPT code 66989 and 66991 at the physician fee schedule not the ASC fee schedule.


Let’s think about how E/M modifiers “work” in Ophthalmology

The concept of modifiers and CPT coding is fairly straightforward, however sometimes we add modifiers without thinking about long term consequences and the view from the insurance side of payment. Here are a few basic facts to consider as you append a modifier.


Your Well-being Checkup And Referral Engagement Service

August 1, 2022 – The need for well-being support has never been higher, and the OSMA Foundation is supporting Ohio's healthcare workforce with a way to measure factors like personal anxiety, depression and burnout and connect with credible resources who can help.


OOS Members Meet Federal Leaders at AAO Congressional Advocacy Day

The AAO Congressional Advocacy Day and Mid-Year Forum brought more than 400 ophthalmologist from across the country to Washington, D.C. to discuss important policy topics and advocate for the profession. As part of this effort, OOS members met with several members of the Ohio Congressional delegation to talk to them about issues impacting ophthalmologists including Medicare funding and prior authorization reform.


New OOS Leadership Elected at Annual Business Meeting

At the OOS annual business meeting on February 19th, Carla Ford, M.D., (Columbus) became the new president taking over from Kris Kelly, M.D., (Maumee) who led the organization for the last two years. Additionally, Aleksandra Rachitskaya, M.D. (Cleveland) was elected president-elect and Lisa Borkowski, M.D., (Columbus) was elected Secretary-Treasurer.


What to do when a Medicare Managed Care Plan changes rules on refraction

(and perhaps other services in the future)… In January 2022, Humana notified participating providers in a letter that identified refraction services (CPT code 92015 Determination of Refractive State) are considered bundled into the vision codes (92002, 92004, 92012 and 92014) and not payable separately by Humana or the patient. Health Care Management Consultant, Diane Zucker, covers the details.


Young Ophthalmology Section Update

On February 19th, 2022, the Ohio Ophthalmological Society (OOS) held the second annual Young Ophthalmology event at the annual OOS meeting in Columbus, OH for the first time since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.


OOS Annual Meeting Recap

Registration was more than 90 for the physician education sessions, and almost 300 attended the technician and train the trainer education sessions at the IN PERSON OOS Annual Meeting on Feb. 19 at the Hilton Columbus at Easton. It was so good to connect with old friends and make new relationships.


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.