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News & Notes from the President

Advocacy
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.
 
Optometry is pushing for surgical privileges in at least five states around the country and more states are expecting similar legislation. FSO leadership has been meeting with legislators in their Districts as well as key legislators that will be a part of committees that potential scope bills will be heard. We will do our best to keep all of our members posted on any important bills that could impact the practice of ophthalmology, medicine or patient safety. Please like and follow us on FacebookTwitter and LinkedIn to get immediate updates, and visit safesurgerycoalition.org.
 
We are encouraging all our members to meet locally with their Senators and Representatives to discuss the difference between an ophthalmologist and optometrist, the difference in education and training and why only medical doctors should be doing surgery.

We also are asking all of our members to help by supporting FOCUS as well as the AAO OPHTHPAC and the AAO Surgical Scope Fund. Your support of these three things are crucial to our legislative efforts.

Education
Registration is now open for Masters in Ophthalmology 2019, held June 28-30 at The Diplomat Beach Resort in Hollywood, Fla. The meeting offers educational courses for each member of the ophthalmic practice:

  • Scientific Sessions will provide physicians and ophthalmic nurses the latest clinical developments in ophthalmology that can be immediately implemented into practice!
     
  • Coding and Reimbursement Update will provide physicians and coding experts the most current information specific to coding and reimbursement that will help your practice bill for the highest allowable reimbursement and avoid penalties and denials.
     
  • Ophthalmic Practice Administrators Course is a professional development course for practice administrators that will refresh their skills and provide new ideas to make the ophthalmology practice more efficient.
     
  • Young Ophthalmologists Course designed for the resident or new to practice ophthalmologist that will help them build their career offering information on practice building, work-life balance, personal finance and more.

Thank you to Annual Meeting Program Committee Chair Clifford L. Salinger, MD who year-after-year does a tremendous job of putting together a top-notch agenda and lineup of faculty.

Anterior Segment/Cataract
Amar Agarwal, MS, FRCS, F.R.C.Ophth
Chairman, Dr. Agarwal’s Group of Eye Hospitals
Chennai, India

Cornea/Anterior Segment
Keith H. Baratz, MD
Corneal Specialist
Mayo Clinic
Rochester, MN

Oculoplastics
George B. Bartley, MD
Chief Executive Officer
American Board of Ophthalmology
The Louis and Evelyn Krueger Professor of Ophthalmology
Mayo Clinic
Rochester, MN

Glaucoma
Robert M. Feldman, MD
Richard S. Ruiz Distinguished University Chair
The Robert Cizik Eye Clinic
Houston, TX

Retina-Vitreous
Rishi P. Singh, MD
Staff Physician, Cole Eye Institute, Cleveland Clinic
Medical Director, Clinical Systems Office, Cleveland Clinic
Associate Professor of Ophthalmology, Case Western Reserve University 
Cleveland, OH 

Outreach 

2019 Membership Dues
Annual membership dues for the Florida Society of Ophthalmology were due on January 1, 2019. If you have not yet paid your dues, please be sure to do so as soon as possible. You can easily pay your dues online. We thank all of our members for their continued support of the FSO.

Third-Party Payor Issues
Another great benefit of being an FSO member is the Board is comprised of committees that are chaired by fellow members who are dedicated to making the practice of medicine better. Over the last 10 years, your third-party committee has been working hard behind the scenes to help members address issues with reimbursements. Please feel free to contact the FSO should you have questions or need assistance in addressing any third-party payer issues.

We are also encouraging members to participate in the survey on Third Party Hassle Factors that is on the FSO website. We are cataloging the issues and then will address top-tier items with suggested solutions derived from other members or engage in consultation with other experts.

Foundation Events
Currently, there are no events scheduled for the For Eye Care Foundation. If you are participating in any events around the state and would like the For Eye Care Foundation to participate, please email us at fso@mdeye.org.

Share Your Good News With Us!
Are you being honored with an award or have some great outreach in your community planned? Let our Communications Staff know so we can feature you on FSO social media and in our newsletter.

Upcoming Regional Society Meetings

Tampa Bay Ophthalmological Society
Thursday, February 21, 2019 | 6:30 PM
400 Beach Seafood & TapHouse
400 Beach Dr NE | St. Petersburg, FL 33701
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Palm Beach County Ophthalmology Society 
February 21, 2019 | 6:30 PM
Ruth's Chris Steakhouse
651 Okeechobee Blvd. | West Palm Beach, FL 33401
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Upcoming Events

Friday, July 26, 2019 to Sunday, July 28, 2019
W Hotel
Fort Lauderdale, FL
Saturday, July 27, 2019
Caridad Center
Boynton Beach, FL
Friday, August 9, 2019 to Sunday, August 11, 2019
Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek
Orlando, FL