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The 2019 Legislative Session is a few weeks away. The Florida Society of Ophthalmology (FSO) is expecting a busy session this year. Your leadership has been working very hard behind the scenes to prepare.

Darby Miller, M.D., officially assumed the role of Florida Society of Ophthalmology president at Masters in Ophthalmology 2018, FSO’s annual meeting, held June 8-10 in Orlando.

At the FSO Board of Directors meeting held this past June, the Board adopted the American Academy of Ophthalmology’s position on the use of medicinal marijuana for the treatment of glaucoma.

Crosswalks between ICD-9 lists of covered diagnoses for certain services and the comparable ICD-10 diagnoses were imperfect in some LCDs, such as the Visual Field Testing LCD.  First Coast Service Options was made aware of this problem and corrected the disparities with assistance provided by the FSO Third Party Liaison Committee.

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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.

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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.

Dear Colleagues,

Thank you.

Thank you for your time and your persistence to ensure our patients continue to receive the safe and high-quality eye care they deserve. Without your help and the help of your patients’ tireless efforts to contact legislators and educate them about the serious dangers presented in the optometric surgery bills, that ill-conceived legislation would have passed.

The Academy and 60 other ophthalmic societies, including FSO, have issued new, more patient-centric guidelines for postoperative co-management of ophthalmic procedures.The Comprehensive Guidelines for the Co-Management of Ophthalmic Postoperative Care contains substantive changes to existing guidelines based on over six months of thoughtful review by an Academy-led Task Force on Co-Management Principles, the Academy Council and Board of Trustees.

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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.

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