New information and resources regarding COVID-19 are occurring daily. As the Florida Society of Ophthalmology gathers this information that we feel to be important for the general education and knowledge of its members, we will send out weekly emails and updating our website. The information compiled should not be used as the sole source of information when analyzing and resolving legal or other issues that pertain to one’s medical practice or personal situation because the laws of each jurisdiction differ and are constantly changing. If you have specific questions regarding a situation, we urge you to consult competent legal counsel.
Summertime is here and with it comes a wide array of moments that can put your eyes at risk for accidental injury. Most people think that eye injuries only occur in industries like construction or landscaping, but the truth is, nearly half of all eye injuries occur right at home.
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.
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 latest edition of The Florida Ophthalmologist is now available. FSO members should login to read the Spring 2020 newsletter.
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.
The American Academy of Ophthalmology, with support from state societies like the Florida Society of Ophthalmology (FSO), is seeking evidence of particular hardships in preauthorizing services during the coronavirus pandemic. Efforts designed to obtain some relief from administrative burdens during the national emergency are underway.
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.