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COA InSIGHTS

Monday, August 15, 2022

6:30pm PDT  Virtual Event

 

Learn More About Vuity

Dr. Vin Dang, OD, FAAO

SBOS Live In-Person CE

Thursday, August 18, 2022

7:00pm PDT in Redondo Beach, CA

 

The Past Present and Future of Glaucoma Medications (2 hours)

Dr. Emily Stephey, OD

COA x CE

Monday, September 19, 2022

Virtual meeting

2 hours CE credit

 

Topic and speakers TBD

Check out this 4-part webinar series to teach optometrists how to get away from the shackles of VCPs and launch their practice into maximum profitability!

Series Schedule | Sundays 9:00am PDT

Session #1 July 10: Where Are We Now?
Session #2 August 7: Where Are We Headed?
Session #3 September 11: How Do We Make The Last Decision We Made The Right One?
Session #4 October 16: How Do We Define Success?

Above the Clouds

Tell your state lawmakers to increase Medi-Cal rates now!

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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.

News

May 19, 2022

2022 Contact Lens Controversies

The contact lens industry is constantly evolving and 2022 is no different. With new management options available to practitioners, it is worth discussing whether to adopt these changes or continue with what is known to be effective.

Read more.

 

March 3, 2022

In a March 2 letter to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, the AOA urged more action to support patient access to eye health and vision care under Medicare Advantage plans.

Read more.

February 14, 2022

COA COVID-19 Update: Guidance for Use of Masks

California is lifting its public mask mandate this week...

However, masks are still required for health care settings, regardless of vaccination status.

Please be aware that some counties have more strict requirements. For example, in Los Angeles ODs must be vaccinated.

More info here.

January 27, 2022

COA: No Surprises Act Details

A provision of the recently implemented No Surprises Act requires all health care practitioners, including doctors of optometry, to provide any uninsured/self-pay patient with a good faith estimate (estimate) upon request.

More info here.

January 24, 2022

#AskAOA: No Surprises Act Update

In fall 2021, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released new regulations implementing the No Surprises Act.

Read more on AOA.org

January 1, 2022

New laws in effect for 2022 -per the COA's update:

  • All health care providers are required to send medication prescriptions to the pharmacy electronically as of January 1, 2022.

  • The maximum fine for violating the laws for out-of-state ophthalmic lens sellers increases next year from $2,500 to $35,000 (AB 1534). Click here to complain to the state about illegal contact lens sales. Also, share your story here.

  • An optometrist may not knowingly provide optometric services to any patient who scheduled their appointment through any individual, corporation, or firm engaged in the business of filling prescriptions that is not properly registered with the State Board of Optometry (AB 1534).

Read more.

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