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SAVE THE DATE!

Masters 2015

Make your hotel reservations today!



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.


Co-Management Resources

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.

Read More of the Co-Management Fact Sheet

Patient Specific Transfer of Care Letter from Surgeon

Patient Informed Consent to Co-Management of Postoperative Care



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.

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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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Patient/Public Resources

Ophthalmologists/Optometrists: The Difference

Optometrists and Oral Prescribing Privileges Talking Points

FSO Press Release: Eye Patient Protection Act Bill

Investigation into the Blindness of 8 Veterans

Watch House Health Quality Committee Hearing of 2/7/2013

Watch Senate Health Policy Committee Hearing of 2/21/2013

Watch Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Health and Human Services of 3/6/2013

What can I do to assist?

Contribute to FOCUS, CCE

Participate in the FSO President's Leadership Circle

Other Advocacy Issues

Cataract Informed Consent










Upcoming Events

American Academy of Ophthalmology 2015 Mid-Year Forum
4/15/2015
Marriott Marquis


Masters in Ophthalmology 2015 Annual Meeting
6/26/2015
The Breakers


Florida Medical Association 2015 Annual Meeting
7/31/2015
Disney's Yacht and Beach Club


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