Retina Macula Institute and SBOS present:
Monday, October 16, 2023
5:00pm to 9:00pm PDT
Westdrift Marriott Hotel
1400 Parkview Ave.
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
Enjoy dinner and earn 4 hours of CE credit!
Social hour is from 5:00pm to 6:00pm, and sponsors will be displaying.
COA members and non-member ODs are all welcomed.
Tell your state lawmakers to increase Medi-Cal rates now!
The number of Medi-Cal patients is expected by grow by 8% this year.
COA has been advocating for an increase in reimbursement rates as part of the annual budget process.
Lawmakers and the governor are deciding right now how much they will pay for optometric services next year.
Please send a message to your lawmaker in support of this budget item.
June 2, 2023
Florida Not-a-doctor Bill Vetoed by Governor DeSantis!
Thanks to persistent advocacy from optometry, ODs will retain the legal right to call themselves doctors and physicians.
June 1, 2023
Constant presence: Alliance builds reputation for patient safety advocacy
Founded five years ago, the Health Care Alliance for Patient Safety (HCAPS) is making good on its mission to advocate for patient safety and protect the fundamental doctor-patient relationship.
May 4, 2023
AOA and state affiliates rally to decry and defeat discriminatory ‘not-a-doctor’ bills
Amid historic gains for optometry, the AOA and seven state affiliates find themselves battling a spate of legislation that potentially seeks to block, limit or discourage doctors of optometry from being referenced as doctors and physicians in their respective states and threatens to undermine the profession’s progress.
April 19, 2023
Marijuana sensibilities changing fast: Are you ready for patients’ questions?
Public support for marijuana legalization has never been higher in the U.S., but evidence of its clinical utility in glaucoma care remains clouded at best.
March 23, 2023
DEA’s new opioid training mandate: What you need to know
Doctors of optometry applying for a DEA registration after June 27, 2023, must attest to a new eight-hour education and training requirement for substance abuse identification and treatment.
January 26, 2023
FTC announces proposed ban on noncompete clauses
January 5, 2023
Gaining access: A win for veterans and doctors of optometry
The Department of Veterans Affairs lifts language that had restricted care from doctors of optometry, opening up access to veterans around the country. Persistent advocacy by AOA, AFOS, the Mississippi Optometric Association and other stakeholders results in greater care delivery.
January 4, 2023
Interprofessional communication for diabetic eye care critical: What you should know
The AOA and other eye care organizations collaborated with the American Diabetes Association to develop an interprofessional communication protocol intended to improve eye health outcomes.
November 10, 2022
7 takeaways from the 2023 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Final Rule
October 27, 2022
AOA issues consumer health alert for online vision tests
The public-facing alert encourages consumers to ask discerning questions about online vision tests before entrusting their eye health care to a direct-to-consumer service.
October 19, 2022
Federal student loan forgiveness latest: Application now available
As the Department of Education releases an official application for loan forgiveness, optometry’s advocates continue to emphasize that eligibility for debt relief programs should not exclude optometry and greater options should be available for debt forgiveness programs.
SBOS events are possible thanks to our generous sponsors!