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Presidents’ Council prepares for ACA implementation

September 9, 2013
Glenda Brown, O.D., of Georgia, discusses the passage of H.B. 235, expanding the prescriptive authority of optometrists.

Glenda Brown, O.D., of Georgia, discusses the passage of H.B. 235, expanding the prescriptive authority of optometrists.

We’re almost there was the key message at the Presidents’ Council conference at Optometry’s Meeting®. Attendees heard from speakers about legislative updates as the profession heads toward the implementation of the Affordable Care Act.

Louisiana, Maryland, North Carolina, Georgia, Texas, Utah, Rhode Island, Oregon, Tennesee, California, Illinois and Florida shared state legislation updates and success stories. Many successes were attributed to the relationships built with key lawmakers.

State Government Relations Committee Chair Deanna Alexander, O.D., spoke about positive messaging.

AOA staff Jon Hymes, Brian Reuwer and Lendy Pridgen and volunteers Tommy Lucas, O.D., and Steve Montaquila, O.D., addressed the opportunities optometrists face in inclusion in accountable care organizations (ACOs).

“ACOs will be accountable for all patient costs, which makes it important for optometrists to be on their panels,” said Dr. Montaquila.

Geoffrey Goodfellow, O.D., of Illinois, talks about a non-covered services bill.

Geoffrey Goodfellow, O.D., of Illinois, talks about a non-covered services bill.

To prepare for ACOs, optometrists should participate in the Physician Quality Reporting System, achieve meaningful use of electronic health records, electronically prescribe, and join a clinical registry, among other things.

Ten percent of the U.S. population is currently under ACO care. The AOA expects a significant increase in that number in 2014.

ACO resources, including a white paper, are available at www.aoa.org.

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