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ASCRS Announces 2016 Ophthalmology Hall of Fame Inductees

ASCRS is pleased to announce that it will induct Alan B. Scott, MD, and the lateW. Morton Grant, MD, into the ASCRS Ophthalmology Hall of Fame Saturday, May 7. The ceremony will be held at 10 a.m. in Great Hall A&D of the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, Louisiana, during the Opening General Session of the 2016 ASCRS•ASOA Symposium & Congress, May 6–10.

Improve Your Practice and Support Your Staff with ASOA Workshops

In keeping with its mission to advance the skills and professionalism of ophthalmic practice management, ASOA is offering six hands-on training and leadership conditioning workshops Friday, May 6, at the annual ASCRS•ASOA Symposium & Congress in New Orleans.

Improve your practice and support your staff with ASOA Workshops, which offer a variety of topics to enhance the business side of your practice. ASOA Workshops for 2016 include the following.

Quality Programming Abounds for Young Eye Surgeons at Annual Meeting

ASCRS values and supports Young Eye Surgeons (YES)—residents, fellows and surgeons in their first five years of practice—as the future of our profession. And for YES attendees of the 2016 ASCRS•ASOA Symposium & Congress, held May 6–10 in New Orleans, this year promises to be better than ever—with an abundance ofprogramming developed with the young surgeon in mind.

Register Today for In-Demand, Hands-On Skills Transfer Sessions

From the latest techniques for phaco and demonstrations of femtosecond laser cataract surgery, to a session for resident and fellows on controlling postoperative astigmatism cataract patients, experienced surgeons and young ophthalmologists alike will benefit from Skills Transfer Sessions. Don't wait—several of our highly popular Skills Transfer Sessions have already sold out! Select from among these remaining offerings:

John B. Pinto to Sign Copies of His Latest Book, Simple: The Inner Game of Ophthalmic Practice Success, at 2016 Annual Meeting

ASOA is pleased to announce the publication of John Pinto’s latest book,Simple: The Inner Game of Ophthalmic Practice Success. Ophthalmology is an elegant profession, but it is not in the least simple. Eye surgeons are wicked-smart. Because of this, they have a tolerance for—more than that, are drawn to—things that are complex. Why else would a procedure like cataract surgery, with essentially perfect outcomes since the turn of the century, still be such an active sphere of ongoing innovation and elaboration?

Following ASCRS Advocacy, CMS Releases New and Updated Guidance on the Public Health Reporting Requirements for Meaningful Use 2016

Late yesterday, CMS released three new and three updated Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on the 2016 Meaningful Use Public Health Objective requirements.  

As we have been reporting, ASCRS notified CMS of issues our members are having with the Public Health objective, and has been working with CMS to develop effective solutions.  The FAQs below should allow ophthalmologists to successfully meet the Public Health Objective requirements for 2016.

ASCRS Confirms Providers Can Exclude Cancer Registries for Stage 2 Meaningful Use Public Health Objective in 2016

On Friday, ASCRS received confirmation from CMS that providers can exclude cancer registries for the specialized registry reporting measure under the Public Health Objective for Stage 2 Meaningful Use in 2016. ASCRS had previously confirmed with CMS that the statute states that if the only specialized registry in a provider’s state that accepts ophthalmic data is a cancer registry, and the provider was not previously planning to register for that cancer registry, they can claim an exclusion from the cancer registry under the specialized registry reporting measure in 2016.

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