Awardees were recognized for leadership, community service, and innovation in the field of ophthalmology
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – (June 13, 2022) – On Saturday, June 11, the Florida Society of Ophthalmology (FSO) presented annual society awards to members during its Annual Business Meeting.
We are pleased to share that earlier this month, the Florida Senate adopted Senate Resolution 1972 which recognizes August 2022 as “Amblyopia Awareness Month.” We are extremely grateful to Senator Lori Berman for once again sponsoring this important resolution.
The AmazonSmile Foundation and the For Eye Care Foundation
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The Academy joined more than 50 health-related organizations and societies in a joint statement Monday pushing for mandatory COVID-19 vaccinations for all healthcare and long-term care employees. With increasing concerns about the Delta variant and rising COVID-19 cases, we are advocating to protect workers, their colleagues, families and patients—particularly vulnerable groups such as unvaccinated children and those who are immunocompromised.
The Florida Lions Eye Clinic is looking for ophthalmologists around the state that are interested in volunteering to provide free eye care to needy children and families in Florida. The commitment is at your discretion--you decide on how many patients you would like to see a month.
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.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released its proposed 2022 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) earlier this summer. The agency proposed insufficient reimbursement to providers to cover the cost of providing a combination glaucoma and cataract surgical care. Because the insertion of an aqueous drainage device is performed concurrently with cataract and intraocular lens (IOL) surgery, new CPT codes (669x1 and 669x2) were created for 2022 that combine cataract surgery with implantation of a glaucoma stent.
The FSO supports the position of the American Academy of Ophthalmology as outlined here and encourages FSO members to contact CMS about this issue.
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.