Deadline Approaching: Submit 2016 Meaningful Use Hardship Exemption by July 1 to Avoid 2018 Payment Adjustment

Eligible professionals (EPs) can avoid the EHR Meaningful Use payment adjustment that begins on January 1, 2018, by submitting a hardship exemption application by July 1, 2017. To file for a hardship exemption, CMS requires that you show proof of a circumstance beyond your control and explicitly outline how the circumstance significantly impaired your ability to meet Meaningful Use.

Eligible professionals can apply for hardship exceptions in the following categories:

Spotlight on Operation Sight: Successful National Program Continues its Work

Operation Sight, an ASCRS Foundation national program, has delivered more than 1,100 free cataract surgeries to low-income Americans. The program will hold its second annual National Sight Week effort from October 16-20, 2017. The inaugural National Sight Week in October 2016 had a surge of more than 200 cataract surgeries from Operation Sight’s network of volunteer ASCRS member surgeons and practices. The event garnered numerous media mentions, including this video.

Claim Credit and Evaluate Sessions for the 2017 Annual Meeting by Friday, June 16

Attendees of the 2017 ASCRS•ASOA Symposium & Congress in Los Angeles can claim credit and print their credit certificates online through Friday, June 16.

We invite all who attended to take a few moments to provide feedback on the sessions they attended. This insight is a critical component of ASCRS’ planning process for future years, and allows us to continually improve.

American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery Announces Executive Director’s Retirement Active Executive Search Underway


Maureen Varnon

FAIRFAX, Va. – June 13, 2017 – The Executive Committee of the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS) announced that David Karcher, executive director/CEO, will retire effective December 31, 2018. Karcher will act as a consultant for ASCRS through 2021.

ASCRS Remembers Dr. Roger Steinert

Late yesterday, ASCRS lost Roger Steinert, MD, a longtime friend and leader of our organization. Dr. Steinert was the chair of the department of ophthalmology, Irving H. Leopold professor, University of California, and creator of the Gavin Herbert Eye Institute. Previously, he was president of the medical staff and director of the corneal service at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary.