ASOA Adds New ICD-10 Workshop at Boston 2014!

A new workshop has been added to the annual ASCRS•ASOA Symposium and Congress to help practices prepare for a successful ICD-10 transition.

Offered by the American Society of Ophthalmic Administrators (ASOA), the ICD-10 Implementation Training workshop is scheduled for Friday, April 25, 2014. The hands-on, interactive course is designed to streamline the mandatory transition from ICD-9 to ICD-10 coding sets, which are used to report medical diagnosis and inpatient procedures.

Please Participate in our Provider Survey on UnitedHealthcare Medicare Advantage Plans

It has recently come to our attention that in several states, UnitedHealthcare has sent mass letters to physicians informing them that they have been dropped from one or more of their Medicare Advantage products. There are also some reports of other companies engaging in similar activities on a more limited basis.

ASCRS Foundation to offer Resident Travel Grants for Boston 2014!

The ASCRS Foundation is now accepting applications for its2014 Resident Excellence Awards. Ten outstanding ophthalmology residents will be selected to receive a $1,000 travel grant to enable them to attend the ASCRS·ASOA Symposium and Congress in Boston.

In addition to the travel grant, the 2014 winners will receive complimentary meeting registration, a four-night hotel stay, and invitations to select ASCRS leadership and social events.

Congress Raises Debt Ceiling and Ends Government Shutdown

On October 16 , the House and Senate passed a continuing resolution (CR) to restore government funding and raise the nation’s debt limit. ASCRS and our coalition partners in the medical community are now redoubling efforts to have the SGR repealed by the end of the year. ASCRS is asking eyeContacts to send an email to your representative asking that he or she sign a bipartisan “Dear Colleague” letter circulated by Reps.

Access the New ASCRS Sunshine Act Toolkit

ASCRS has created a Sunshine Act Toolkit to provide members with a better understanding of the Physician Payment Sunshine Act. The Sunshine Act requires manufacturers of drugs, devices, biologicals, or medical supplies covered by Medicare, Medicaid, or the Children’s Health Insurance Program to annually report to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) any payments or transfers of value of more than $10 to physicians or teaching hospitals.