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ASCRS/AAO/OOSS/ASORN Joint Task Force Issues Industry Advisory Request Regarding Risk Factor for TASS

Over the past year, ASCRS, AAO, OOSS, and ASORN have been participating in a joint Task Force on ophthalmic instrument cleaning and sterilization (OICS). Recently, we have focused on the problem of the enzymatic detergent being required to clean intraocular ophthalmic instruments and the potential for enzyme residue to cause toxic anterior segment syndrome (TASS). In addition to meeting with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), our Task Force has met with both the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI) and the FDA on this issue.

ASOA on Tour Brings Practice Management Programming to Denver

The American Society of Ophthalmic Administrators (ASOA) is holding an ASOA on Tour Regional Meeting, Sept. 9–10, at the Denver Marriott City Center in Denver, Colorado.

ASOA on Tour was developed to provide practice management staff with convenient, alternative opportunities for face-to-face education, while still providing the quality level of programming ASOA is known for.

2017 ASCRS Ophthalmology Hall of Fame – Nominate a Candidate Today

Nominations are being accepted for the 2017 ASCRS Ophthalmology Hall of Fame. Do you know someone who has made a significant contribution to ophthalmology? Nominate them before the Sept. 13 deadline.

Eligible candidates are those with 25 or more years of scholarly achievement and at least one solid, defining contribution to ophthalmology in clinical practice, research, education, invention, or humanitarian work.

Find Engaging Content, Awards and More at the Fall Educational Symposium

The 2016 Cornea Society/Eye Bank Association of America (EBAA) Fall Educational Symposium in Chicago will be a one-day event providing cornea surgeons, eye bank personnel and vendors with the latest scientific developments on corneal surgery and eye banking. Held at the Westin on Michigan Avenue Oct. 14, it will cover topics such as lamellar surgical techniques; keratoplasties; analysis of emerging technologies and therapeutics in corneal surgery; and much more.

ASCRS Film Festival Celebrates 35th Anniversary

Next year at the 2017 ASCRS•ASOA Symposium & Congress, attendees will celebrate the 35th anniversary of the ASCRS Film Festival Awards.

Established in 1982, the Film Festival Awards honor the best filmmakers in ophthalmology. Each year, members are invited to submit film entries, and a team of nine panelists judge the submitted films on applicability/education value, originality, scientific content/validity, clarity, cinematic quality and artistic effects.

Awards are given in 10 categories:

ASCRS and ASOA Members Attend Annual Legislative Fly-In

Last week, 25 ASCRS member ophthalmologists and 15 ASOA practice administrators representing 22 states and 36 congressional districts took time out of their busy schedules to attend the Alliance of Specialty Medicine’s Legislative Fly-In. The annual advocacy conference brings together 13 medical specialty groups to Washington, D.C., to lobby for key policy priorities. Attendees meet with their Senators and Representatives on Capitol Hill to outline important issues and ask them to take action.

Are You Ready for MACRA and MIPS? Prepare Your Staff at COS

Big changes are coming to Medicare physician payment in 2019, currently proposed to be based on 2017 performance. The Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS), the Value-Based Payment Modifier, and Electronic Health Records/Meaningful Use are going away and the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) is replacing them. Attend the 2016 Combined Ophthalmic Symposium (COS), August 26–28, in Austin, Texas to ensure your practice has the information it needs to be ready to participate in MIPS.


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