Join us for the virtual Duval County Society of Ophthalmology meeting on April 7, 2020.
Here are several resources for ophthalmologists that include important information and updates on the coronavirus.
FMA Provides Clarification on Executive Order
American Academy of Ophthalmology:
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
Fact sheet on coronavirus
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS):
CMS Recommendations on Adult Elective Surgery and Procedures
Florida Department of Health
Information from the FSOs General Cousel at Holland & Knight
The Florida Society of Ophthalmology (FSO) is now accepting nominations from members in good standing who are interested in serving as an Officer, or as an At-Large Member on the Board of Directors.
Candidates must submit a current curriculum vitae (CV), must acknowledge requirements of service; such as no conflicts of interest with the FSO agenda, must commit to attending and participating at all Board of Directors meetings and conference calls and must remain current with annual dues and a member in good standing with the FSO.
Tallahassee, Fla. (March 4, 2020) – Yesterday, the Florida Senate adopted Senate Resolution 1252, which recognizes August 2020 as “Amblyopia Awareness Month,” thanks to the efforts of the Florida Society of Ophthalmology (FSO) and the For Eye Care Foundation (FECF).
The resolution, sponsored by Senator Lori Berman, will bring awareness to amblyopia and why it is essential that all kids between the ages of three and five obtain a vision screening. Fewer than 20 percent of preschool children are currently screened for vision problems.
The Florida Society of Ophthalmology (FSO) is accepting nominations for the annual awards that will be announced at the Masters in Ophthalmology 2020 meeting, June 12-14, at The Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes in Orlando, Fla. To recognize the achievements of your colleagues and fellow members for one of the awards below, please submit your nomination by Friday, April 17, 2020.
The AmazonSmile Foundation and the For Eye Care Foundation
Please consider the For Eye Care Foundation (FECF), the Florida Society of Ophthalmology's charitable-arm, when shopping online at Amazon. The AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price from eligible purchases made back to the FECF. The purchase price is the amount paid for the item minus any rebates and excluding shipping & handling, gift-wrapping fees, taxes, or service charges. Use this link to start shopping and giving back: https://smile.amazon.com/ch/59-3051564.
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.
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.
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.
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.