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Security Risk Analysis Q&A

Jason Miller, OD, MBA OOA President Jay Henry, OD, MS OOA Third Party Committee An OOA member asked, “Is there a template or worksheet available that would allow me to do a security risk analysis to satisfy meaningful use requirements?” The Security Risk Analysis (SRA) is most often the reason someone fails a MU audit.…

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November Legislative Update

Written by: Executive Director Keith Kerns, Esq. HB 213 This month, the Ohio House Commerce and Labor Committee began deliberations on House Bill 213, a measure that would require that all professional licenses be renewed on a biennial basis.  HB 213 was introduced by State Representative Tom Brinkman (R-Cincinnati) last spring. The bill would impact…

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Scheduled Narcotics

Written by: Dr. Elizabeth Muckley As you should be aware of by now, the FDA rescheduled hydrocodone from a Schedule III controlled substance to Schedule II controlled substance.  Our law was amended to address this issue and became law on March 23, 2015 (see below), so you didn’t lose any prescribing rights that you previously…

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The Rudiments of Leadership

By Dr. Gregory Hopkins We have, as optometrists, so many opportunities to display leadership! Take a look at the “word cloud” pictured above. Perhaps you would like for those characteristics to describe your habitual demeanor in the exam room with patients, during staff meetings, teaching students/residents, managing your household, raising your children (if applicable), etc.?…

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October Legislative Update

By Executive Director Keith Kerns, Esq. Ohio Vision Services Act House Bill 275, an initiative promoted by the Ohio Optometric Association, will help preserve the sanctity of the doctor-patient relationship and protect Ohio small businesses by focusing on three key issues: Choice of Laboratories. The bill ensures that optometrists and patients are able to utilize…

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CMS issues EHR Incentive Programs final rule

Change is coming to the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Records (EHR) Incentive Programs with new rules that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) say indicate a move toward simplicity and flexibility, but AOA believes even more could be done to make the program work. AOA urged CMS to structure the program in…

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“Bent, Breaking, and Broken”

By: Ryan P. Ames, OD, MBA and Charles B. Brownlow, OD, Medical Records Consultants ICD-10 Has Arrived… For the procrastinators among us (or for Rip Van Winkle, OD), ICD-10 is in full swing as of October 1, 2015. It is two years after its original ‘due date’, so we’ve all had plenty of time to prepare,…