AOA business resources give members an edge

April 29, 2012

Balancing patient care and the “business” of optometry is a challenge. That’s why the AOA provides you with all the resources needed to enter the optometric profession and to develop your practice. Visit www.aoa.org/practiceresources.

  • Medical Record Keeping & Coding

Your membership provides access to exclusive training on medical records and coding, including Webinars, articles, AskTheCoding Experts@aoa.org, and educational tools in book or CD format. Learn more at www.aoa.org/Coding.

  • Electronic Health Records (EHR) Preparedness Program for Optometry

Learn to implement an EHR system and use it like a pro through this comprehensive program. Access tools, articles, news, schedules, and course information at www.aoa.org/ehr.

The AOA’s 2012 EHR Preparedness Program for Optometry will be offered at Optometry’s Meeting® and is designed to offer practical guidance on EHR implementation through:

  • “EHR Incentive Programs and Meaningful Use Update,” is an advanced course for practitioners who have already implemented EHRs, or will soon, and who are now preparing to take part in the Medicare or Medicaid EHR incentive program.
  • “Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) and e-Prescribing Made Easy,” is a course explaining PQRS and e-prescribing and how you can implement these systems in your practice and participate in the Medicare PQRS and e-prescribing incentive program.

Each two-hour course is COPE-approved and may be used by paraoptometrics toward Commission on Paraoptometric Certification (CPC) certification renewal.
Register for courses 0875 and 0880 online at www.optometrysmeeting.org.

  • Free Webinar Series

Ongoing, relevant topics to help you with coding, practice start up, financing, billing, practice acquisition, buy in and more are available at www.aoa.org/eyelearn.

  • Professional Liability/ Malpractice Insurance

The AOA Insurance Alliance malpractice insurance provides competitive rates and full scope of practice coverage in every state. Coverage transfers from state to state. Visit www.aoainsurancealliance.com.

  • AOA Group Insurance

The AOA provides one-stop shopping for life, long-term disability, hospital indemnity, medical and dental insurance – all at group rates. Visit www.aoainsurance.com.

  • Ophthalmic Resources on Demand (OROD)

Get up-to-date disease and product resources for patients and health care professionals 24/7 – at no cost.

Save time, build knowledge, and improve patient care with the latest product information, industry research, and patient educational materials. Boost practice value to your patients through downloadable coupons, vouchers, and assistance program information. Enter OROD through the AOA website portal at www.aoaondemand.org.

  • Wells Fargo Practice Finance

The source for up to 100-percent financing, plus working capital. Purchase or start a practice. Expand or update an office. Upgrade equipment or systems.
Wells Fargo offers a range of financing solutions with customized payment schedules and automatic Practice Success Program enrollment – all at AOA member preferred rates.

Practice Success Program enrollment means access to free demographic market reports and educational resources, the support of finance specialists, and referrals to optometry’s best professional service providers. Visit http://practicefinance.wellsfargo.com/optometrists.

  • Manuals and Guides

Resources include the Medicare Compliance Manual, Medicare Advantage Fraud, Waste and Abuse Training, and Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act Security and Privacy Manuals. Learn more at www.aoa.org/manualsandguides.

Services to help expand professional knowledge

The AOA has created a variety of ways for you to expand your professional knowledge including special interest programs, publications and social networking – where you can share your interests, download patient care information, stay informed, and easily connect with colleagues.

  • Special Interest Programs

Share your clinical interests in one or all three unique AOA special section communities – contact lens and cornea, vision rehabilitation, and sports vision. Learn more at www.aoa.org/sections.

  • EyeLearn™

EyeLearn™ is the AOA’s comprehensive “members-only” education portal and centralized learning resource.

EyeLearn™ offers you a full menu of state-of-the-art learning options including interactive e-learning programs, self-assessment tests, video presentations, transcriptions, journal articles and much more.

The EyeLearn™ “CE Finder” provides you with a convenient way to find face-to-face CE programs at the local, state, and regional level where you can search by ZIP code, city, state and topic. www.aoa.org/eyelearn.

  • Clinical Care Publications

Twenty comprehensive AOA Optometric Clinical Practice Guidelines are available for instant download, and each includes recommendations for patient care and appropriate steps in the diagnosis, management, and treatment of various eye and vision conditions.

In addition to the guidelines, many additional reference materials can be downloaded, including fact sheets, manuals, and standards covering dozens of topics from hospital privileges to co-management of refractive surgery.

AOA Clinical Care Publications can be downloaded at www.aoa.org/x4816.xml.

  • Publications & Social Networking

Stay informed, connect with colleagues and discuss relevant and timely topics.

AOA News – www.newsfromaoa.org

AOAConnect – http://connect.aoa.org

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