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Newly Designed Side X Side Event to Focus on the Intersection of Ideas and Implementation

Attendees were abuzz with the latest ideas and technologies following the 2014 ASCRS•ASOA Symposium & Congress in Boston. However, it would be a whole year until attendees would gather again in San Diego—leaving a lot of room for all of that innovation to lose momentum.  That’s where Side X Side (SXS), formerly known as Winter Update, comes in. SXS is a new, data-driven educational program that will focus on incorporating the latest ideas and technology into a successful practice

CDC Updates Guidance on Ebola for Healthcare Professionals

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and the World Health Organization (WHO),  have asked the American Medical Association (AMA) and other healthcare organizations to distribute materials on the international response to the current Ebola outbreak in West Africa. A CDC document summarizes key messages about the outbreak and the response.

In addition, the following are updated guidance documents available:

Open Payments Review and Dispute Process Extended One More Day, September 11

Late Tuesday (9/9/2014), the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that due to extended system outages in recent days, that the deadline for physicians to review and dispute payment data in the Open Payments system would be further delayed until September 11.

ASCRS has provided resources to assist physicians register with the Open Payments System. Additional details are here.

Nystagmus-Treatment Procedure was Decades in the Making

Over the past 60 years, ASCRS Hall of Fame inductee Robert M. Sinskey faced challenges in garnering widespread acceptance of his nystagmus-treatment procedure. Today, following the successful treatment of horizontal nystagmus in a seven-year-old patient (by pediatric ophthalmologist Robert W. Lingua, MD) the UC Irvine Health Gavin Herbert Eye Institute receives hundreds of requests for the procedure. Nystagmus is a condition punctuated by rapid, uncontrollable eye movements that can cause functional blindness in children and adults. 

ASOA Provides an Innovative, New Resource for Year-Round, Online Practice Management Education

The American Society of Ophthalmic Administrators  (ASOA), in partnership with BSM Consulting, has just announced the launch of a new ASOA Learning Center, which allows ophthalmic administrators and managers to take their job performance to the next level without having to leave their desks. The subscription-based online learning center provides busy professionals the resources to build basic practice management skills when it’s most convenient for them.

ASCRS Foundation and Sen. Rand Paul Support Mission to Perform 200 Cataract Surgeries in Guatemala

Five organizations have partnered for a five-year effort to bring high-quality eye care and vision-saving eye surgery to one of Guatemala’s neediest communities in the Baja Verapaz region—The American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery Foundation (ASCRS Foundation), the University of Utah’s Moran Eye Center, The Hope Alliance, Alcon and Lions Club International. The effort will kick off with an initial, nine-day mission, which includes ophthalmologist and U.S. Senator Rand Paul, MD (R-KY), from August 14-23, 2014.