Sonny Goel, MD was Recognized for Participation in the Council of the American Academy of Ophthalmology
Dr. Sanjay “Sonny” Goel was recognized for participation on the Council of the American Academy of Ophthalmology during AAO 2015 in Las Vegas. Dr. Goel served for 5 years as a councilor for the Maryland Society of Eye Physicians and Surgeons.
The Council serves as an advisory body to the Academy’s Board of Trustees. More than 100 Academy members serve on this body and act as liaisons between their society and the Academy bringing issues identified by their societies to the attention of the Academy’s Board of Trustees. Issues are brought to the Academy Board of Trustees as Council Advisory Recommendations (CARs). Each spring the Council meets to debate and formulate its recommendations for the Academy Board.
This year, one of the Council recommendations that was approved by the Board of Trustees included implementing regional responses to individual state scope issues. The Secretariat for State Affairs organizes multi-state calls or meetings for states at high risk or who are currently facing an optometric surgery initiative.
Additionally, based on an earlier Council recommendation, “Advocating for Patients” presentations were delivered by advocacy leaders at each of the six Subspecialty Days at AAO 2015. These presentations provided messaging regarding the critical importance of contributing to all three ophthalmology funds – the Surgical Scope Fund, OPHTHPAC and state eye PACs in order to protect quality patient eye care and the profession.
The Council has also recommended that the Academy recognize ophthalmologists for outstanding efforts in the state and/or federal advocacy arenas via a CAR that was considered and ultimately approved by the Academy’s Board. Each year, all societies represented on the Council, are solicited for nominees for the Academy’s Outstanding Advocate Award. All nominees are reviewed by the Academy’s Awards Committee which ultimately selects a recipient who is then approved by the Board. The Outstanding Advocate Award recipient is recognized each year at the Opening Session of the Academy’s annual meeting. In 2015, Jean E. Ramsey, MD, MPH was nominated by the American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus (AAPOS) and Women in Ophthalmology (WIO). Dr. Ramsey was honored at the Opening session in Las Vegas as the Outstanding Advocate Award recipient.
Representatives to the Council are elected by each state society and by subspecialty societies and specialized interest groups in ophthalmology. On December 31st, Dr. Goel will conclude his term on the Academy Council. Dr. David Glasser has been elected by the Maryland Society of Eye Physicians and Surgeons to serve as Councilor to the Academy and will begin his term on January 1, 2016 and participate at the Spring Council Meeting in conjunction with the April 13-16, 2016 Mid-Year Forum in Washington, D.C.
The Maryland Society of Eye Physicians and Surgeons has 1 Councilors based upon the number of practicing ophthalmologists in Maryland.
If you have issues to bring forward to the Academy’s Board of Trustees, please contact Dr. Glasser (email@example.com) to discuss.
Congressional Advocacy Day (April 13-14) will be held in conjunction with the Mid-Year Forum in Washington DC, and we encourage all members to attend this vital Academy function. You can make a difference in Washington by becoming an active advocate. There is no registration fee for this event and the Academy will educate you about the issues and set up appointments for you with Members of Congress. Look for registration information in January 2016 on the Academy’s Web site at: www.aao.org/myf.
Finally, it is vitally important that every member support the Academy’s Surgical Scope Fund (SSF) and OPHTHPAC. Your SSF contribution is confidential and will help to support their legislative and public education efforts on safe eye surgery. Your OPHTHPAC contribution will help us help our friends in Congress. For more information and to contribute visit: www.aao.org/advocacy (login required).
Leadership Development Program
(LDP) XVIII, Class of 2016
Maryland Society of Eye Physicians and Surgeons’ Laura Green, MD in AAO Leadership Development Program XVIII, Class of 2016
Dr. Laura Green was recognized at AAO 2015 in Las Vegas for her selection to the Academy’s Leadership Development Program XVIII, Class of 2016. Dr. Green, nominated by the MSEPS, was among a select group of nineteen participants chosen from among a large group that was nominated by state, subspecialty and specialized interest societies. The class also includes one international from Ireland who is jointly representing the European Society of Ophthalmology (SOE) and the Irish College of Ophthalmologists. The incoming LDP class had an Orientation Session in Las Vegas where they were introduced to their classmates, met Academy leaders as well as heard project presentations from the graduating LDP XVII, class of 2015.
In January 2016, Dr. Green will take part in a 2 ½ day interactive session in San Francisco with a visit to AAO headquarters to hear from AAO physician leadership, including 2016 Academy President William Rich III, MD, on a wide variety of leadership topics. Next will be a trip in April 2016 to attend the AAO’s Mid-Year Forum in Washington D.C. where Dr. Green will have scheduled visits on Capitol Hill with Senators, Representatives and healthcare staff to discuss issues important to the medical profession. During an advocacy session dedicated to LDP XVIII participants , Dr. Green will also hear from a member of the US Congress about building effective relationships with legislators and how best to advocate on behalf of patients. The final LDP session for the class of 2016 will take place in conjunction with AAO 2015 in Chicago.
Participants in LDP XVIII, Class of 2016
1. American Glaucoma Society
Joshua D. Stein, MD, MS
2. American Uveitis Society
H. Nida Sen, MD
3. Georgia Society of Ophthalmology
Purnima S. Patel, MD
4. Illinois Society of Eye Physicians and Surgeons
Sohail J. Hasan, MD, PhD
5. International Society of Refractive Surgery
George O. Waring IV, MD
6. Irish College of Ophthalmology / European Society of
Yvonne M. Delaney, MBBcH
7. Kentucky Academy of Eye Physicians and Surgeons
John M. Franklin, MD
8. Macula Society
Sophie J. Bakri, MD
9. Maryland Society of Eye Physicians and Surgeons
Laura K. Green, MD
10. Minnesota Academy of Ophthalmology
John T. Knapp, MD
11. Mississippi Academy of Eye Physicians and Surgeons
Joel H. Herring, MD
12. Nebraska Academy of Eye Physicians and Surgeons
Michael R. Feilmeier, MD
Thank you to our 2015 Annual Meeting Exhibitors!
Abbott Medical Optics
Advanced Data Systems
Bausch & Lomb
Capital One Bank
Carl Zeiss Meditec
Eye Doctor Billing
EyeMD EMR Healthcare Systems
MedChi Insurance Agency
Medical Mutual Liability Insurance Society of Maryland
New World Medical, Inc.
Professional Arts Pharmacy
Tissue Banks International
Wells Fargo Bank
Congratulations to our 2015 Resident Poster Contest Winners!
First Place: Aaron Wang, MD
Wilmer Eye Institute, Johns Hopkins
Second Place: Katie Duncan, MD
University of Maryland School of Medicine
Third Place: Kenneth Levin, MD
Krieger Eye Institute at Sinai
CMS Clarifies FAQs on ICD-10 Guidance to Include
the Definition of “Valid Code” and “Family of Codes”
On July 6, 2015, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the American Medical Association (AMA) released a joint statement about their efforts to help the provider community get ready for ICD-10. This statement included guidance from CMS that allows for flexibility in the claims auditing and quality reporting processes.
CMS announced that:
· For a one year period starting October 1, Medicare claims will not be denied solely on the specificity of the ICD-10 diagnosis codes provided, as long as the physician submitted an ICD-10 code from an appropriate family of codes. In addition, Medicare claims will not be audited based on the specificity of the diagnosis codes as long as they are from the appropriate family of codes. This policy will be followed by Medicare Administrative Contractors and Recovery Audit Contractors.
· To avoid potential problems with mid-year coding changes in CMS quality programs (PQRS, VBM and MU) for the 2015 reporting year, physicians using the appropriate family of diagnosis codes will not be penalized if CMS experiences difficulties in accurately calculating quality scores (i.e., for PQRS, VBM, or Meaningful Use). CMS will continue to monitor implementation and adjust the duration if needed.
In response to questions from the health care community on what was a “family of codes”, a “Valid Code” (and other issues), CMS has released “Clarifying Questions and Answers Related to the July 6, 2015 CMS/AMA Joint Announcement and Guidance Regarding ICD-10 Flexibilities” which provides answers to the most commonly asked questions; the most important one being the definition of “family of codes”.
To read the full release, click on the link here.