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American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery Announces Executive Director’s Retirement Active Executive Search Underway


Maureen Varnon

FAIRFAX, Va. – June 13, 2017 – The Executive Committee of the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS) announced that David Karcher, executive director/CEO, will retire effective December 31, 2018. Karcher will act as a consultant for ASCRS through 2021.

ASCRS Remembers Dr. Roger Steinert

Late yesterday, ASCRS lost Roger Steinert, MD, a longtime friend and leader of our organization. Dr. Steinert was the chair of the department of ophthalmology, Irving H. Leopold professor, University of California, and creator of the Gavin Herbert Eye Institute. Previously, he was president of the medical staff and director of the corneal service at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary.

NEW ASCRS•ASOA Video! Advocacy Tools to Help Your Practice Succeed—and Help You Make a Difference

How will new regulatory requirements affect your practice? Where can you find the ophthalmology specific information needed to comply? And how can you influence which laws and regulations come down the pike in the future?

Answering these and other questions are among the responsibilities of the ASOA Government Relations Task Force and the ASCRS Government Relations staff. Finding new ways to engage members on this weighty subject was the challenge issued by ASOA President Bill Koch, COA, COE, CPC, administrative director of Texas Retina Associates.

ASCRS•ASOA Annual Meeting Online Credit Claim and Session Evaluation Deadline Approaching

Attendees of the 2017 ASCRS•ASOA Symposium & Congress in Los Angeles can claim credit and print their credit certificates online through Friday, June 16.

We invite all who attended to take a few moments to provide feedback on the sessions they attended. This insight is a critical component of ASCRS’ planning process for future years, and allows us to continually improve.

CME 24/7 Case Corner Accepting Submissions Now, Drawing To Be Held in June

It’s important that your colleagues see your work—that’s why we’d like to feature your case studies in the CME 24/7 Case Corner. These engaging case studies will cover a broad range of anterior segment ophthalmology. The ideal patient case will address one or more of the following: unique scenarios, complicated or challenging situations, new techniques, or best practice.

Have You Diagnosed the Health of Your Practice?

Just as physicians want to know how their outcomes compare with those of their colleagues, financial and business benchmarking is essential for administrators and practice owners.

On May 6, at the ASOA Congress in Los Angeles, the American Society of Ophthalmic Administrators launched ASOAnalytics, a one-of-a kind web-based platform that puts real-time ophthalmic practice data and benchmarks in your hands. In just the two weeks over 150 practices have subscribed to this innovative data-collection and reporting service.

Housing, Meeting Registration Are Now Open for the 2018 Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C.

The ASCRS•ASOA Symposium & Congress is headed to Washington, D.C. during cherry blossom season in 2018—and housing and registration are now open. Are you planning to attend? If so, you’ll want to book your housing early to secure a room at your preferred hotel, Remember, the lowest room rates are through ASCRS’ official housing provider, onPeak.


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