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ASCRS Advocacy Prompts CMS to Release Additional Information Related to ICD-10 Code Change Impact on 2016 PQRS; CMS Urges Physicians to Report as Much Data as Possible

This afternoon, CMS released additional information regarding how the agency will determine if physicians whose 2016 PQRS reporting is impacted by the updates to ICD-10 codes will receive a penalty. As we reported previously, CMS announced in December that any physician who does not successfully meet PQRS solely due to the code updates that went into effect October 1, 2016 will not be penalized.

Important Notice Regarding Registration and Housing

Convention Data Services (CDS) and onPeak – the only officially-endorsed service providers for the 2017 ASCRS•ASOA Symposium & Congress

When registering for the 2017 ASCRS•ASOA Symposium & Congress, be sure to do so through official ASCRS•ASOA endorsed vendors. We have received reports that other companies – not affiliated with ASCRS or ASOA – are posing as official registration and travel vendors.

Are You Ready for MACRA?

It’s Not Too Late to Get the MACRA Training You Need to Succeed!

Did you miss the most recent ASOA Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) training session held in November? If so, ASOA is offering two additional MACRA training opportunities to get the information and tools you need to meet the challenges and regulatory requirements of MACRA – the biggest change in Medicare physician payment in more than 20 years.

MACRA All-Access Digital Pass – Coming Soon!

Register Now to Hear from Top Experts at the 2017 ASCRS•ASOA Symposium & Congress

When you register to attend the 2017 ASCRS•ASOA Symposium & Congress, you open the door to exclusive and groundbreaking education presented by some of the world’s most renowned experts during the meetings general sessions. Don’t forget – register by Saturday, Dec. 31, and you will receive an entry into the Tesla drawing, which will be held on Monday, May 8 at noon. The 2017 annual meeting is being held in Los Angeles, May 5-9.

ASCRS Foundation Research Grant and Resident Excellence Award Applications Due Dec. 31

The ASCRS Foundation will again offer ten $1,000 Resident Excellence Awards to enable ophthalmology residents exhibiting exemplary performance to attend the 2017 ASCRS•ASOA Symposium & Congress in Los Angeles, CA. The categories for consideration include research, patient care, leadership and education.

The 2017 Resident Excellence Award includes:

Submit a Case to ASCRS CME 24/7

ASCRS is always seeking ways to feature the great work of its membership. As a part of this effort, we are now looking for anterior segment ophthalmology case studies to be developed, launched, and featured in the new ASCRS CME 24/7 Case Corner.

The ideal patient case will address one or more of the following: unique scenarios, complicated or challenging situations, new techniques, or best practices.

If you are interested in having your case study published online, which can be listed on your CV, please complete the following steps:

Registration for the 2017 ASCRS•ASOA Annual Meeting is Now Open!

Registration for the 2017 ASCRS•ASOA Annual Meeting is now open.

The annual meeting – being held May 5-9, 2017 at the Los Angeles Convention Center in Los Angeles, CA – is the largest U.S. meeting that provides a scientific program dedicated to the needs of the anterior segment specialist with the leading practice management program for comprehensive ophthalmology and subspecialties.


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