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The Sunshine Act – What Optometrists Need to Know
Clinical Practice / Third-party

The Sunshine Act – What Optometrists Need to Know

By Elizabeth Muckley, OD – Overview: The Sunshine Act, also referred to as the “Open Payments” Initiative, requires certain manufacturers that produce drugs, medical supplies and devices to publicly report payments or “other transfers of value” they made to physicians (including optometrists) and teaching hospitals.  Certain Group Purchasing Organizations (GPOs) will also be required to report … Continue reading

Changes in Prescribing Narcotics
Clinical Practice / News

Changes in Prescribing Narcotics

By Elizabeth Muckley, OD – Ohio Optometrists need to be aware of new regulations in Ohio regarding prescription pain medications. Ohio professional licensing boards, including the Ohio Board of Optometry, have been active participants in the various working groups led by the Governor’s Cabinet Opiate Action Team (GCOAT) in efforts to address public safety concerns … Continue reading

An Update on Accountable Care Organizations (ACO)
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An Update on Accountable Care Organizations (ACO)

By Mark Ridenour, OOA Consultant – Medicare now contracts with more than 360 ACOs nationally, each covering at least 5,000 patients for three years with Shared Savings. Ten ACOs are in Ohio; here’s a link to Medicare’s website where you can search for those organizations serving Ohio: https://data.cms.gov/ACO/Medicare-Shared-Savings-Program-Accountable-Care-O/ay8x-m5k6 Medicare rules include that patients are informed … Continue reading

The Affordable Care Act and Optometry
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The Affordable Care Act and Optometry

By Erica Keller, Ohio State University, AOSA Trustee-elect – Recently, Rick Cornett, Executive Director of the Ohio Optometric Association, came to speak at The Ohio State University College of Optometry about the Affordable Care Act (ACA)/Obamacare and how it will affect optometrists, both positively and negatively. More than 150 students came to listen, making it … Continue reading