Patient Safety Alliance Says FTC's New Contact Lens Rule Is 'Seen as Dangerous by Eye Doctors'

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Wednesday, July 1, 2020 12:24 AM ALEXANDRIA, Va.—The Health Care Alliance for Patient Safety (APS) on Tuesday raised concerns about the final Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Contact Lens Rule, which was issued last week, as VMAIL reported. The Alliance, in its statement, said the FTC’s final contact lens rule “fails to adequately address the dangerous practice of utilizing computer-generated voice calls to verify contact lens prescriptions and places significant burdens on doctors,” among other shortcomings cited by the Alliance for Patient Safety.

HEA and Abyde Partner to Deliver HIPAA Compliance to Independent ECPs

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Thursday, June 25, 2020 12:24 AM TAMPA and BOCA RATON, Fla.— Healthy Eyes Advantage (HEA) and leading HIPAA compliance solution provider Abyde have announced a partnership that will provide access for HEA’s 10,000-plus independent ECP members to Abyde’s complete HIPAA program.

Registration Now Open for Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation Association Online Conference

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Thursday, June 25, 2020 12:21 AM MANALAPAN, N.J.—Registration is now open for the Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation Association (NORA) international online conference at the nora2020.com site. The conference will be available live online on Saturday, Sept. 12 and Sunday, Sept. 13. All presentations will be available on demand through Oct. 31, 2020.

AOA Membership Elect 2020-21 Officers, Trustees in Historic Virtual Election Vote

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Wednesday, June 24, 2020 12:24 AM ST. LOUIS—Facing the challenging times caused by the coronavirus pandemic, the American Optometric Association this week said it was able to make a “historic response” and conduct the election for its 2020-2021 board of trustees via a virtual ballot.

The Vision Council’s Open Your Eyes Frame Vendue Auction Accepting Bids Until Friday, June 26, Website Now Live

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Tuesday, June 23, 2020 12:27 AM ALEXANDRIA, Va.—The Open Your Eyes Frame Vendue, an auction presented by The Vision Council and featuring frames with special significance designed by leading independent designers to support the Equal Justice Initiative and My Brother's Keeper Alliance, is accepting bids until Friday, June 26 at 11:59 p.m. EDT.

Ohio Optometric Association’s EastWest Eye Conference Called Off for October as Association Sets Expanded 2021 Schedule

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Wednesday, June 17, 2020 12:21 AM WORTHINGTON, Ohio—The Ohio Optometric Association (OOA) said this week that it will not hold the annual EastWest Eye Conference in October. The event, which typically draws about 1,500 industry executives from several upper Midwest states, had been scheduled for Oct. 29-31 at the Huntington Convention Center of Cleveland.

Services Held for Pioneering Optical Executive Alan Ritter

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Tuesday, June 16, 2020 12:19 AM GLEN HEAD, N.Y.—Services were held here yesterday for Alan Ritter, a pioneering optical industry executive who was instrumental in creating The Vision Council as well as Vision Expo East and West. He was 81 years old.

Senate Passes Legislation Allowing More Flexibility in Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)

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Monday, June 8, 2020 12:18 AM ST. LOUIS—With the U.S. Senate’s vote last week to approve a House-passed COVID-19 recovery bill, there is now the possibility that some key changes will be made to the federal government’s Paycheck Protection Program. The legislation would triple the time allotted for small businesses and other PPP loan recipients to spend the funds and still qualify for forgiveness of the loans, according to news reports. With the Senate approval, the House bill, called the Paycheck Protection Flexibility Act, now moves to the desk of President Trump, who is expected to sign it.

AOA Opens Registration for this Month’s Virtual Education Event

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Wednesday, June 3, 2020 12:18 AM ST. LOUIS—Registration is now open for the American Optometric Association’s “Virtual Learning Livecast” (VLL), a new CE event for doctors of optometry, staff and optometry students. This virtual education event will run from June 24-27. Doctors of optometry, paraoptometric staff and students can earn four days of continuing education (CE) credits and professional development hours in a first-of-its-kind, real-time AOA 2020 Virtual Learning Livecast. To balance patient care and work schedules, the AOA 2020 Virtual Learning Livecast offers more than 60 CE and professional development courses, with select evening and weekend sessions, spanning a wide range of topics, including:

American Academy of Optometry Foundation Announces the Recipients of J&J Vision Award of Excellence

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Friday, May 29, 2020 12:24 AM ORLANDO—The American Academy of Optometry Foundation (AAOF) has announced the 2020 Johnson & Johnson Vision Award of Excellence in Contact Lens Patient Care Grant recipients. This award recognizes outstanding fourth-year student clinicians who have demonstrated skillful knowledge of the contact lens field. Each winner will receive a $500 educational award as well as a personalized plaque commemorating their accomplishment, according to the recent announcement. The 2020 recipients and the institutions they attended are:

Early Registration Opens for Academy 2020 Meeting, Oct. 7-10, in Nashville

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Friday, May 22, 2020 12:24 AM ORLANDO—The American Academy of Optometry has announced that registration is open for the Academy 2020 Nashville meeting in Nashville, Tenn. The meeting, which will be held at the Music City Center, is scheduled to run over the four-day period, Oct. 7-10. Early-bird registration runs from May 6 through Aug. 6.

Survey Examines Nationwide Impact and Response of Optometry Practices During the COVID-19 Pandemic

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Thursday, May 21, 2020 12:24 AM ST. LOUIS—At considerable sacrifice, doctors of optometry continued to deliver emergency and urgent care during this unprecedented COVID-19 crisis, according to a new survey by the American Optometric Association’s Health Policy Institute (HPI).

Health Care Alliance for Patient Safety Asks FTC for ‘Immediate Action’ on Contact Lens Rx Verification Issue

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Wednesday, May 20, 2020 12:30 AM ARLINGTON, Va.—The Health Care Alliance for Patient Safety (APS) has asked the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) for immediate action to protect the eye health and safety of contact lens patients across the country amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, according to an announcement this week.

AAO Deems Virtual Clinical Training Program for Optometry Students a Successful Venture

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Tuesday, May 19, 2020 12:21 AM ORLANDO—The American Academy of Optometry (AAO) said an online training program that launched in March has helped more than 2,300 optometry students attend sessions and experience case-based education. The online program began as universities and hospitals suspended routine patient care to prevent the spread of COVID-19, according to an AAO announcement this week.

The Vision Council Releases Latest COVID-19 Optical Impact Consumer Study as it Continues to Track Business Trends

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Thursday, May 14, 2020 12:24 AM ALEXANDRIA, Va.—More than one-third of U.S. adult consumers were staying in touch with their eyecare provider in March and April, even with most offices shut down and ECPs prevented from making in-person contact or visiting with patients. This was one of the findings in April’s COVID-19 Optical Impact Consumer Study.