Implementing Tele-Ophthalmology During COVID-19 Pandemic | ASCRS
Implementing Tele-Ophthalmology During COVID-19 Pandemic
March 2020
Moderator: Stephen D. Klyce, PhD, FARVO
Panelist: Ranya Habash, MD


In the wake of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, recent government action has expanded telehealth coverage for Medicare beneficiaries nationwide, temporarily waiving penalties for HIPAA violations, and will reimburse physicians for telehealth services at the same rate that states pay for face-to-face services.

Ranya Habash, MD, Medical Director of Technology Innovation and Assistant Professor of Clinical Ophthalmology at the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, works extensively with healthcare and technology companies like Microsoft and Everbridge, explains how to utilize tele-ophthalmology technology. She shares various use cases, practice workflows, and updates to Medicare guidelines and reimbursement during the COVID-19 outbreak. She also reviews telehealth best practices used at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute during this critical time. Stephen D. Klyce, PhD, FARVO, Adjunct Professor of Ophthalmology at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, chair of the ASCRS ASOA Telemedicine Task Force, and ASCRS FDA Committee member moderates the webinar.

Webinar Faculty
Stephen D. Klyce, PhD, FARVO
Dr. Klyce is an Adjunct Professor of Ophthalmology at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City. He received his Ph.D. in Physiology (vision research) from Yale University in 1971. In 1979 he joined the faculty at the LSU School of Medicine in New Orleans, where he conducted research in corneal physiology and biophysics. He was a Professor of Ophthalmology and Anatomy/Cell Biology at LSU and Adjunct Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Tulane University until July, 2008.
Rayna Habash, MD
Dr. Habash is the Chief Medical Officer, Everbridge and Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, Miami, FL, USA. Dr. Habash, an early adopter of telemedicine, has developed an app for secure messaging and video conferencing designed for easy adoption of telemedicine among healthcare professionals.

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