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Congratulations to Renee Bovelle, MD in being nominated and accepted into the AAO Leadership Development program! During the year long program, participants will learn about leadership, advocacy and association governance.


Demographic Information Request:

While fighting our local scope battle, the AAO is asking that we get a demographic of all of the satellite offices in which our members practice. Please take some time to list for us all of the offices in which you practice so that we may build a case. Please send the address of all satellite offices to swalter@medchi.org .    



News from AAO

Congress Steps Up to Support Academy’s Regulatory Relief Campaign

A diverse, bipartisan group in the U.S. House of Representatives is aiding to the Academy’s ongoing regulatory relief campaign. At the direct request of the Academy, 54 members of Congress sent a letter this week to U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price, MD. They asked him to use his office’s statutory powers to protect physician-patient relationships. He specifically has the authority to use the rule-making process to provide Medicare-penalty relief for 2018.

Report Reaffirms Value-Base Modifier Harms Small Practices

A new Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services report reinforces why the Academy is demanding changes to the value-based modifier. The report highlights practitioners’ 2016 results in the program, based on data from two years prior. It shows that smaller practices, especially those that see more cases that are complex, face particular risk. These practices include those that see patients with diabetes and other chronic conditions. The program’s expansion this year means more physicians are affected, adding urgency to the Academy’s work. Preventing further value-based modifier penalties is a major component of the Academy’s regulatory relief campaign. We want CMS to halt these penalties for 2018.
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