Friday, January 17, 2020 12:27 AM
ALEXANDRIA, Va.—The Vision Council
announced Thursday that the U.S. and China have signed a phase one trade deal that requires structural reforms to China’s economic and trade regimes. The agreement also will lead to a modification of a portion of the existing Section 301 China tariffs. This modification is “a point of interest” to association members who import Chinese-origin product, The Vision Council noted. The overall reforms will be seen in the areas of intellectual property, forced technology transfers, financial services, agriculture, and currency and financial exchanges. In addition, China has agreed to purchase substantial quantities of U.S. origin goods and services in the coming years.
Wednesday, January 15, 2020 12:15 AM
ST. LOUIS—Optometry Cares–The AOA Foundation
is now accepting nominations for the Dr. W. David Sullins Jr. InfantSEE Award
, which recognizes an individual doctor of optometry who has made significant contributions to optometry or his/her community for outstanding public service involving the InfantSEE program, according to an announcement. The award honors the memory of Dr. W. David Sullins Jr., and the late optometrist's inspiring and passionate leadership as a driving force in the profession of optometry. A memorial fund was established after his passing in 2005 and led to the creation of the award.
Tuesday, January 14, 2020 12:18 AM
SACRAMENTO, Calif.—The California Optometric Association
(COA) has noted that as part of the state’s “strong commitment to strengthening the Medi-Cal program” eyeglass benefits for Medi-Cal recipients have been restored, and the association also noted that it will continue in 2020 to advocate for a Medi-Cal reimbursement rate increase for optometrists practicing in the state. “California’s rate is among the lowest in the nation,” a COA official told VMAIL
. “We will be advocating for the rate increase again this year.”
Friday, January 3, 2020 12:24 AM
ST. LOUIS—The American Optometric Association
(AOA), in response to “information disseminated by various individuals and organizations regarding upcoming changes to coding and reimbursement” for evaluation and management services (E/M services), has provided an update about this topic for optometrists. Given the importance of E/M services in patient care, it's critical that all optometrists “are aware of these changes,” the association noted in the post on its website. According to the AOA post, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) in 2018 proposed to reduce the payment variation for office/outpatient E/M visit levels by paying a single rate for office/outpatient E/M visit levels 2 through 4 (one rate for established patients and another rate for new patients), while maintaining the payment rate for office/outpatient E/M visit level 5.
Friday, December 27, 2019 12:21 AM
CHICAGO—According to estimates from the Prevent Blindness
report, “Future of Vision: Forecasting the Prevalence and Costs of Vision Problems,” more than 3.2 million Americans ages 40 and over have glaucoma in the year 2020. The number is expected to increase as the population ages. Glaucoma, often referred to as the "The Sneak Thief of Sight," is a leading cause of vision loss that damages the optic nerve. Although symptoms may not be noticeable at first, glaucoma slowly diminishes peripheral vision (side vision), making activities such as driving increasingly, according to a Prevent Blindness announcement this week.
Thursday, December 5, 2019 12:24 AM
WASHINGTON, D.C.—The National Association of Vision Care Plans (NAVCP) announced Wednesday that it has partnered with Gemini Diversified Services to launch an enhanced version of its Universal Credentialing Alliance (UCA) provider credentialing service, which went live Dec. 2. GDS is an independent credentials verification organization based in Orange County, California. NAVCP is deploying GDS’s custom GeminiI software-based solution to streamline UCA’s credentialing process and improve the customer experience for both eyecare professionals (ECPs) and managed vision care (MVC) alliance partner plans, according to the announcement.
Monday, November 25, 2019 12:18 AM
ST. LOUIS—Doctors of optometry may now be nominated for the 2020 National Optometry Hall of Fame, a tremendous honor for doctors who have made a major and enduring impact on the profession, according to an announcement by the American Optometric Association
(AOA). Inductees will be honored at AOA’s Optometry’s Meeting in June 2020 in National Harbor, Md. The National Optometry Hall of Fame is administered by the American Optometric Association’s (AOA) charitable foundation, Optometry Cares, which works year-round to expand eye health and vision care access to all American citizens and communities, the announcement noted.
Wednesday, November 13, 2019 12:18 AM
ST. LOUIS—Citing the significant public and economic burden posed by diabetes in the United States, the American Optometric Association
(AOA) has issued its revised, evidence-based clinical practice guideline on the disease for doctors of optometry and other health professionals who deliver care to patients with diabetes.
Wednesday, October 30, 2019 12:21 AM
has announced that SECO, a leading conference providing the ophthalmic industry educational opportunities since 1924, has opened registration for the 20/20 industry event. With the kickoff of the registration cycle, the optometry community also is encouraged to recognize outstanding optometric professionals within the SECO member states with the annual call for nominations to award SECO Optometrist of the Year, SECO Paraoptometric of the Year, and SECO Young Optometrist of the Year. When SECO 20/20
is held March 4-8, 2020, in Atlanta, attendees will have access to more than 50 continuing education credits over the course of the five-day event, with more than 30 of the credits offered over the weekend. The event will feature an array of industry-leading continuing education geared to professionals in all areas: Optometrists, Ophthalmologists, Optometric Students/Residents; Opticians, Opticianry Students/Residents Paraoptometrics, Ophthalmic Medical Technicians, and Administrators, according to the announcement. SECO offers more than 400 hours of continuing education.
Wednesday, October 23, 2019 12:24 AM
ALEXANDRIA, Va.—The Vision Council
has announced that the U.S. Trade Representative has published the procedures for requesting an exclusion from additional China 301 duties for products classified within a tariff subheading set out on Annex A to List 4 (which was published Aug. 20, 2019). The window for seeking product exemptions will open at noon on Oct. 31 and close on Jan. 31, 2020, according to The Vision Council’s announcement. As the association previously noted, the Annex A to List 4 contains the tariff numbers associated with most of The Vision Council’s key member products, including lenses, frames, sunglasses, reading glasses, finished eyeglasses and many low vision devices. VMAIL
reported on the lists and the products they included here
Tuesday, October 22, 2019 12:24 AM
GOLDEN, Colo.—Optometry Giving Sight (OGS) has established a new Board of Directors to oversee the organization, according to an announcement. Dr. Juan Carlos Aragon, president of CooperVision’s Specialty Eye Care Division, is the president of the new board. He previously served as Optometry Giving Sight’s chair of their Advisory Council U.S.A. and the Global Board for several years. Joining Dr. Aragón on the board are: Dr. Howard Purcell, president and CEO of the New England College of Optometry; Yvette Waddell, CEO of Brien Holden Vision Institute Foundation; Dr. Susan Cooper, former president of the World Council of Optometry; and Dr. Earl Smith, former Dean of the University of Houston College of Optometry.
Friday, October 18, 2019 12:24 AM
ST. LOUIS—The World Council of Optometry
(WCO) announced this week that the 4th World Congress of Optometry (WCO4) will be held Sept. 2 to 4, 2021, in Melbourne, Australia, and will run in partnership with the highly successful Australian clinical conference and trade show O=MEGA21. (The 3rd World Congress of Optometry begins Wednesday, Oct. 23 and runs concurrently with the American Academy of Optometry’s
Academy meeting in Orlando, Fla., through Sunday, Oct. 27.) The World Council of Optometry is a global optometry association with members in 83 countries, according to its announcement.