Masters in Ophthalmology 2013 Annual Meeting Slides and Recordings Now Available
FSO members have special access to download slides and recordings from the Masters in Ophthalmology 2013 Annual Meeting. Presentations available include:
- Edward Buckley, MDâ€’Disruptive Innovation: Predicting the Future of Medicine
- Edward Buckley, MDâ€’Orbital Mass in Children
- Steven A. Newman, MDâ€’Imaging in Ophthalmology
- Steven A. Newman, MDâ€’Neuro-ophthalmic Diagnosis Not to Miss
- Steven I. Rosenfeld, MDâ€’Closed Claims Study and Areas Where Medical Malpractice Occurs
Please click HERE, and you will be directed to the FSO community login page. Once logged in, you will be directed to the slides and audio.
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.
Guidance on the New Affordable Care Act Childhood Vision Care Benefit
As the Affordable Care Act insurance programs began open enrollment Oct. 1, and many uninsured parents begin signing up for new health plans, the Florida Society of Ophthalmology (FSO) and the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) â€“ in conjunction with other key health organizations â€“ are reiterating their guidance on the importance of childhood vision screening and comprehensive eye exams, and encouraging parents to take advantage of a newly acquired benefit that provides full coverage of essential eye care services for kids.
Denied Claims to NCCI Edits
First Coast Service Options, Inc. (First Coast), the Medicare Administrative Contractor for jurisdiction 9 (MAC J9) which includes Florida, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, is aware of the issue related to the inappropriate claim denials for certain eye visit services (92012/92014), when the codes are billed with other services performed on the same date of service and appended with modifier 25. A July 2013 NCCI edit has the services 92012 or 92014 bundled into column one CPT/HCPCS codes that describe surgical procedures with a global period of 0, 10, or 90 days. However, the computer system is not recognizing the applicable modifiers that allows bypass of the edit.
iStent Glaucoma Implant (0191T) Billing Update
The iStent® Trabecular Micro-Bypass (Glaukos Corp., Laguna Hills, CA) is a minimally invasive glaucoma surgery device that is designed to create a permanent pathway for aqueous to pass directly into Schlemm's canal. The iStent (Models GTS100R and GTS100L) is indicated for use in conjunction with cataract surgery for the reduction of intraocular pressure (IOP) in adult patients with mild to moderate open-angle glaucoma currently treated with ocular hypotensive medication.
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.
Jaime H. Membreno, MD, installed as FSO President
The Florida Society of Ophthalmology (FSO), the preeminent professional association for medical and osteopathic doctors who specialize in vision care, installed Jaime H. Membreno, MD, as President at its Annual Meeting, Masters in Ophthalmology 2013, held June 28-30 in Palm Beach, FL.
Legal Alert to Florida Ophthalmologists
As has been reported in the press, the Legislature recently passed CS/CS HB 239 -- a comprehensive bill that amends the Florida Optometric Practice Act in several respects. See Ch. 2013-26, Laws of Fla. Up to now, most of the press reports have focused on the fact that the new law extends limited oral prescribing privileges to optometrists.
Patients Needed for EPITOME Study:
Clinical Trial of Prednisone
for Ocular Myasthenia Gravis
Dr. Michael Benatar, Neuromuscular Division Chief and Associate Professor of Neurology at the University of Miami, currently has a research project underway for patients with ocular myasthenia gravis. Below is general information about the study, including contact information if you are interested in finding out whether you are eligible to participate.
Florida Society of Ophthalmology Applauds Governor Scott for Signing Bill that Protects Florida Eye Patients
(TALLAHASSEE, FL)â€”Florida ophthalmologists thank Governor Rick Scott as he signs HB 239 that ensures patient safety and quality eye care for all Floridians. Due to serious concerns over patient safety ophthalmologists have long resisted efforts by Florida optometrists to dramatically expand their scope of practice, including attempts to prescribe oral medications and obtain other privileges granted only to those who have a medical degree. After decades of lobbying from both optometrists and ophthalmologists, HB 239 will allow optometrists to prescribe 14 specific oral medications to eye patients, but it also imposes a series of patient safeguards that the FSO has been advocating for years.
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