Archive for the ‘Eye on Washington’ Category


HIPAA rule affects medication e-reminders

November 22, 2013

Recent changes to the federal Health Insurance Portability & Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy Rule’s marketing provisions apply to electronic refill reminders and other e-communications about drugs or biologics currently being prescribed for individuals. Read the rest of this entry ?


FDA launches program to ID health care devices

November 15, 2013

universal_device_identifierThe U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) formally announced its long-anticipated Unique Device Identification system, designed to provide a consistent way to identify medical devices. Read the rest of this entry ?


ODs must report 8-digit clinical trial number on claims

October 28, 2013

Optometrists participating in clinical trials are mandated, effective Jan. 1, 2014, to report a clinical trial number on claims for items and services provided in clinical trials qualified for coverage as specified in the Medicare National Coverage Determination Manual. Read the rest of this entry ?


AOA leads coalition response to Harkin law repeal

October 11, 2013

Leading a coalition of 20 national organizations representing the interests of millions of health care providers and the patients they serve, the AOA is at the forefront of an effort to prevent enactment of legislation backed by ophthalmology and the American Medical Association that would overturn a key access to care measure signed into law in 2010 to bar anti-optometry discrimination by health plans. Read the rest of this entry ?


CDC warns foam parties may cause eye irritation

October 11, 2013

Foam parties are increasingly popular, but the fun may come with a price. Foam parties may cause eye irritation sufficient to impair vision and require medical treatment, according to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Read the rest of this entry ?


FDA releases two eye and vision care-related advisories

October 9, 2013

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently issued the following public advisories related to eye and vision care. Read the rest of this entry ?


HHS: Guard patient information in copiers

October 8, 2013

Digital photocopiers used in health care practices to make copies of insurance cards, patient identification, and patient records during referrals to other practitioners may be a source of privacy violations. The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) warns that while digital copiers may be fast, efficient and relatively inexpensive, they can pose a potential risk to the privacy of patient health information. Read the rest of this entry ?


ODs earn $1 billion under Medicare

October 7, 2013

Optometrists for the first time earned more than $1 billion in reimbursements under Medicare during 2012, according to the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). Read the rest of this entry ?


AOA delegates applaud work of advocacy, foundation supporters

October 2, 2013

hod fri sandefur hymesOptometry Association of Lousiana Executive Director Jim Sandefur, O.D., presents AOA Washington office Director Jon Hymes with a memorial plaque of the resolution passed by delegates at the 2013 Optometry’s Meeting® recognizing his outstanding efforts on behalf of optometry. Read the rest of this entry ?


What ODs can expect from a government shutdown

September 30, 2013

The AOA is closely following developments on Capitol Hill related to the federal government shutdown. The government shutdown started Oct. 1, as a result of a budget impasse between Congress and the president. Discretionary programs and federal employees are the most affected. However, payments for Medicare services, the Affordable Care Act (ACA or “Obamacare”) and other mandatory programs continue, though at a slower rate while the government remains officially closed. Read the rest of this entry ?