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Medical record compliance audits are looming

November 25, 2013

By Walt Whitley, O.D., Jason Miller, O.D., and Chuck Brownlow, O.D., AOAExcel™ medical & records consultants

Multiple Procedure Payment Reduction Policy (MPPR), Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), and International Classification of Diseases 10th edition (ICD-10) are all hot topics that will continue to impact our practices. Read the rest of this entry »

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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 »

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Former AOA-PAC director Brazil remembered

November 22, 2013
Former longtime AOA PAC Director Noel Brazil passed away in October after a short battle with cancer.

Former longtime AOA PAC Director Noel Brazil passed away in October after a short battle with cancer.

Former AOA PAC Director Noel Brazil passed away in October after a short battle with cancer.

Brazil worked for optometry and the AOA for more than 30 years. After retiring, she became a certified tour guide of Washington, D.C. She recently fulfilled a lifelong dream of living and working in New York City.

“Optometry has been blessed over the years to have long-term staff people who believed in the profession and had ‘optometry in their blood,’” said Darlene Eakin, executive director of the Kentucky Optometric Association. “Noel Brazil exemplified the dedicated professionals who devote their entire careers to optometry. She was loyal to the profession and all the friends she made throughout her time with AOA. Upon her retirement, her contributions were recognized by optometrists from all over the country. She was a positive face for optometry in D.C., known and respected by members of Congress and many others. As a person, she was a true friend that you could count on to be there. She will be missed.” Read the rest of this entry »

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AOA News anniversary celebrated with top 10 stories

November 21, 2013

The AOA News commemorated 50 years of groundbreaking news in optometry by republishing the Top 10 AOA News stories as selected by readers from all five decades. Here’s a recap of the top stories leading up to No. 1. Read the rest of this entry »

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No. 1: College of Optometry for Alabama

November 21, 2013
Dean Henry B. Peters and the first UAB optometry students, 1969. Members of the first class were recruited by Dean Peters and began their studies at the end of September 1969. Pictured from left, front row, Michael E. Raim, Eugenie Sturtevant, Dean Henry B. Peters, Neil M. Bleakley, and Ronald E. Dachelet; and back row, Nelson G. Crandall, Ernest S. Spohn, Alan G. Tavel, and Gene J. Terrezza. The School of Optometry awarded its first bachelor degrees in physiological optics in 1971 and its first Doctor of Optometry degrees in 1973. Photo courtesy of the UAB Archives, University of Alabama at Birmingham

Dean Henry B. Peters and the first UAB optometry students, 1969. Members of the first class were recruited by Dean Peters and began their studies at the end of September 1969. Pictured from left, front row, Michael E. Raim, Eugenie Sturtevant, Dean Henry B. Peters, Neil M. Bleakley, and Ronald E. Dachelet; and back row, Nelson G. Crandall, Ernest S. Spohn, Alan G. Tavel, and Gene J. Terrezza. The School of Optometry awarded its first bachelor degrees in physiological optics in 1971 and its first Doctor of Optometry degrees in 1973.
Photo courtesy of the UAB Archives, University of Alabama at Birmingham

Editor’s Note: To commemorate 50 years of groundbreaking news in optometry, we are publishing the Top 10 AOA News stories as selected by our readers from all five decades. The AOA News ran the following article in November 1967.

The establishment of a College of Optometry at the University of Alabama Medical Center at Birmingham became assured recently as Gov. Lurleen Wallace approved legislation providing $50,000 per year in funds for the next two years to get the college started.

Full information will be forthcoming in the near future as plans develop, according to Donald A. Springer, O.D., Anniston, Ala., chairman of the new college committee,
Southern Council of Optometrists.

Future coverage

1969: UAB-The Alabama State Legislature has appropriated $500,000 as funds for a new School of Optometry at the University of Alabama in Birmingham.

A special advisory committee is considering appointment of a Dean for the new optometry program.

The first students are expected to be enrolled for the fall ‘69 term.

Events leading to the creation of the new optometry school with an explanation as to becoming an integral part of the UAB complex were explained by Dr. J.F. Volker, president of the University, in the May issue of the UAB-Medical Center Bulletin. Read the rest of this entry »

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Public awareness of vision problems: Now in 3-D!

November 20, 2013
Eye Care Practitioner of the Year Ingryd Vargas-Lorenzana, O.D., on the red carpet before attending the award banquet at Paramount Studios.

Eye Care Practitioner of the Year Ingryd Vargas-Lorenzana, O.D., on the red carpet before attending the award banquet at Paramount Studios.

The latest breakout hit in theaters: a public awareness campaign about 3-D viewing.
An innovative, award-winning pilot program in Chicago is educating moviegoers about how vision problems may hinder their enjoyment of 3-D movies. It’s also helping them find corrective treatment from nearby optometrists.

“Offering the Finest Digital 3D Experience” was developed jointly by the West Chicago Optometric Society (WCOS) and the Windy City’s Classic Cinema theater chain.
Although only six months old, the campaign already picked up one of three special Outstanding Achievement awards during the International 3D & Advanced Imaging Society’s (I3DS) 2013 3D Technology Awards ceremony, held Sept. 18 at Paramount Studios in Los Angeles.

“The international 3-D entertainment industry and the eye care professions share a common goal in addressing binocular vision problems,” said WCOS President Steve Butzon, O.D. “This prestigious honor shows once again that the developers of 3-D technology recognize the important role eye care professionals play in the development of this exciting field.” Read the rest of this entry »

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PR campaign takes personal turn on 3-D binocular vision problems

November 20, 2013
Recognized during the recent annual meeting of the Illinois Optometric Association (IOA) for their leading roles in the “Offering the Finest Digital 3D Experience” program were, from left, Steve Butzon, O.D., president of Chicago’s West Suburban Optometric Society (WSOS), Classic Cinemas owner Willis Johnson, Ingryd H. Vargas-Lorenzana, O.D., and Floyd Mizener, O.D.

Recognized during the recent annual meeting of the Illinois Optometric Association (IOA) for their leading roles in the “Offering the Finest Digital 3D Experience” program were, from left, Steve Butzon, O.D., president of Chicago’s West Suburban Optometric Society (WSOS), Classic Cinemas owner Willis Johnson, Ingryd H. Vargas-Lorenzana, O.D., and Floyd Mizener, O.D.

After learning of efforts by the AOA and the 3D@Home Consortium to increase awareness of binocular vision problems in the home environment, Floyd Mizener, O.D., a retired Chicago optometrist, began looking for ways to increase awareness of 3-D vision problems among movie theatre audiences.

After consulting with the AOA for details of its program, he began contacting local cinema owners in his hometown.

Classic Cinemas owner Willis Johnson, though resistant to Dr. Mizener’s initial suggestion of on-screen disclaimers prior to 3-D movies, agreed to display posters about binocular vision problems in the lobbies of his upscale theatres.

He even invited Dr. Mizener to help him and Michelle Krueger, a respected Chicago graphic artist, design them.

During the meeting, the theatre owner was surprised to find the artist suffered from the very 3-D vision problems that would be described in the poster – and, as a result, had an outright disdain for 3-D movies. Read the rest of this entry »