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MSEPS is committed to the delivery of the best possible quality eye care in the State of Maryland.  To that end, MSEPS fosters a dynamic, collaborative environment that is rooted in sound medicine and mindful of the unique contributions of the entire medical team.  Therapeutic changes continue to evolve in the treatment of medical and surgical eye disease and MSEPS  members are among those in the medical community at the forefront of this evolving science.  Comprehensive coalitions, inclusive of ophthalmology-specific and the entire spectrum of health professionals, renders MSEPS ophthalmology's leader in the State of Maryland regarding managed care effects on the delivery of eye care; legislative action that best serves the patient and public education and access to care initiatives.  Ours is a time when most potentially blinding eye disease can be controlled with proper and prompt diagnosis and treatment; The Maryland Society of Eye Physicians & Surgeons is dedicated to bringing these benefits to the citizens of Maryland.




Halloween: It Can Be Scary For the Eyes!

Click here to read up on potential dangers your patients may face this holiday season.

Thank you to our 2015 Annual Meeting Exhibitors!

Abbott Medical Optics

Advanced Data Systems


Alimera Sciences

Bausch & Lomb


Capital One Bank

Carl Zeiss Meditec

Eye Doctor Billing

EyeMD EMR Healthcare Systems



Heidelberg Engineering


MedChi Insurance Agency

Medical Mutual Liability Insurance Society of Maryland

Modernizing Medicine

New World Medical, Inc.

Ocular Systems


Optovue, Inc.

Professional Arts Pharmacy


RPS Diagnostics

Sightpath Medical

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.



For guidance on this issue, contact us through the Third Party Insurance Help Program.
James A. McNally, CPC
Health Care Consultant Services

John Thompson, MD was Recognized for Participation
in the Council of the American Academy of Ophthalmology
Dr. John Thompson pictured with Council Chair, Ann A. Warn, MD, MBA

   Dr. John Thompson was recognized for participation on the Council of the American Academy of Ophthalmology during AAO 2014, the Academy’s annual meeting in Chicago. Dr. Thompson served for 6 of years as a councilor for The Maryland Soci-ety 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 atten-tion of the Academy’s Board of Trustees. Issues are brought to the Academy Board of Trustees as Council Advisory Recom-mendations (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 action in response to the heightened concern of the electronic exchange of health information. The Academy’s Medical Information Technology Committee incorporated additional questions to its survey of imaging vendors to assess whether security features in their devices would protect personal health information that may be stored on the respective devices. A supplement that outlined survey results was made available onsite at AAO 2014, so that ophthalmologists who were considering purchase of equip-ment or own equipment, would have the information at hand and could further question vendors for details about particular security features.

   Additionally, based on an earlier Council recommendation, “Advocating for Patients” presentations were delivered by advo-cacy leaders at each of the eight Subspecialty Days at AAO 2014. 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 nomi-nees are reviewed by the Academy’s Awards Committee which ultimately selects recipient(s) 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 2014, Cynthia Mattox, MD was nominated by the American Glaucoma Society and Women in Ophthalmology along with Kenneth D. Tuck, MD, who was nominated by the Virginia Society of Eye Physicians and Surgeons. They were honored at the Opening session in Chicago as Outstanding Advocates.

   Representatives to the Council are elected by each state society and by subspecialty societies and specialized interest groups in ophthalmology. On December 31st, Dr. Thompson will conclude his term on the Academy Council.

   Congressional Advocacy Day (April 15-16) 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 2015 on the Academy’s Web site at:

   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: (login required).

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