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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.


Your Well-being Checkup And Referral Engagement Service

April 20, 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 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.


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.