SAVE THE DATE!
August 2015 is Amblyopia Awareness Month
On Wednesday, April 1, at the urging of the Florida Society of Ophthalmology (FSO) and other health organizations, the Florida Senate designated August 2015 as “Amblyopia Awareness Month” to educate Florida parents on the importance of vision screening at an early age.
Now Accepting 2015 Awards Nominations!
This FSO is accepting nominations for the annual awards that will be announced at the Masters in Ophthalmology 2015 Annual Meeting that will be held June 26-28, at the Breakers in Palm Beach, FL. To recognize the achievements of your colleagues and fellow members for one of the awards below, submit a nomination by Friday, May 15, 2015.
The Shaler Richardson, MD Service to Medicine Award
Shall be given annually to a Florida Ophthalmologist who has made the greatest personal contribution to quality patient care by coordinating, participating, collaborating, and integrating ophthalmology into the great body of the medical profession on a local, state or national level.
The Michael R. Redmond, MD Outstanding Young Ophthalmologist Leadership Award
Shall be given to a young (under 40 years of age) Florida Ophthalmologist who has portrayed organizational leadership, service and professional ability.
The James W. Clower, Jr., MD Community Service Award
Shall be given to the Florida Ophthalmologist who has made the greatest contribution of time and service to his/her community.
The John R. Brayton, Jr., MD Leadership Award
Shall be given to a Florida Ophthalmologist to recognize leadership and dedication to preserving the profession of ophthalmology.
In 2013, the Florida Legislature passed a law that directly impacts ophthalmologists who "co-manage" surgical patients with optometrists.
While the new law doesn't prohibit co-management, it does impose specific requirements on ophthalmologists and optometrists who co-manage patients. Strict adherence to the new law will protect both ophthalmologists and patients and clearly demonstrate the medical and ethical standards of your practice.
Masters in Ophthalmology 2014 Annual Meeting Slides and Recordings
Don’t forget another great FSO benefit is that you have special access to download slides and recordings from the Masters in Ophthalmology 2014 Annual Meeting. Click here, and you will be directed to the FSO community login page. Enter your username and password and once logged in, you will be directed to the slides and audio.
In addition to the slides and recordings, you can also access slides from the various subspecialty breakout sessions including: Cornea/Refractive Surgery, Glaucoma, Pediatric Ophthalmology and Retina-Vitreous.
Approved Co-Management Consent Forms
There has been a recent change in the Florida law regarding co-management of patients. The new law took effect on July 1, 2013. The Florida Society of Ophthalmology (FSO) and its general counsel have worked closely with OMIC to develop two sample forms to aid you in compliance with the new law.
You should consult with your own personal attorney if you have specific questions regarding your co-management practices and to ensure billing protocols comply with these requirements.
Cataract Informed Consent Form
The Florida Society of Ophthalmology seeks to better protect ophthalmologists and our patients throughout the informed consent process, particularly in the area of cataract surgery. Because Florida law currently fails to describe the recognized risks of cataract surgery, a substantial number of "recognized risks" associated with cataract surgery continue to be improperly reported to regulators as "Code 15" adverse incidents.
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