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2024 OOS Annual Meeting Registration is Open!

Join us on Feb. 24, 2024 at the Hilton Columbus at Easton. Register your entire clinical staff and make this a day of team learning for your practice!


Coding & Reimbursement Lessons Learned in 2023

Coding expert, Diane Zucker, takes a moment to look at what we have learned over the past year and stresses that we should remember that these lessons will follow us into 2024!


SB 129: Optometric Surgery Legislation Update

As we reported in the summer, SB 129 was introduced that would dramatically expand the scope of practice of optometrist in Ohio including laser and other surgical procedures. We have developed a one-page overview that outlines the specific provisions of the bill and how you can participate.


Using Health Surveillance Data to Assess Barriers to Vision Care in Ohio

As part of a pilot project funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Association of Chronic Disease Directors, Ohio State University, the Ohio Department of Aging, and the Ohio Affiliate of Prevent Blindness began working on a collaborative project, using population health surveillance data to identify important barriers to vision care utilization.


Dangerous Optometric Surgery Bill Introduced in Ohio

On June 29, Senator Jerry Cirino with the support of the Ohio Optometric Association introduced SB 129 in the Ohio Senate. This legislation would allow Ohio optometrists to do the following...


We Need Your Help to Challenge CGS Proposal to Make MIGS Investigational

The OOS is concerned that CGS’ proposed policy states that the following MIGS procedures are considered investigational in patients over age 18 for glaucoma management—submit your comments by July 29th!


What is Global Surgery? And Applying Modifiers 25, 57 and 24

One of the biggest conundrums in Ophthalmology concerns global surgery and what this all means when providing related procedures, bilateral procedures and incidental care after a procedure.


Play Hard. Don’t Blink (SuperSpecs) Grant Renewed

We are pleased to report that this program (PHDB) has been funded for another year by the Ohio Department of Health’s Save Our Sight Fund!


Optometry Laser Surgery Bill to be Introduced in Ohio

On March 6, members of the OOS Board met with leadership from the Ohio Optometric Association to discuss the forthcoming optometry scope of practice legislation in Ohio. We will need the help of every OOS member to advocate for our profession and patients moving forward. Here's what you can do...


Advocacy Update

In addition to the pending optometric laser surgery bill, there is additional activity at the state level impacting ophthalmology practices—including a significant proposed increase in Medicaid reimbursement for physicians, the prior authorization "Gold Card" reform, and new telehealth rules now effective.


2023 OOS Annual Meeting Recap

Our meeting on Feb. 25 was a great success. We had almost 400 physicians, technicians and nurses in attendance and a sold-out exhibit hall. Two Ohio Ophthalmological Society Professional Service Awards were presented this year to Dr. Bernard Perla and Dr. John Kunesh. The OOS is grateful for their years of dedication and service and ask all members to join us in thanking and congratulating them.


Interprofessional Consultants & Alternative Delivery Methods for Care

More and more health care is provided in non-traditional ways—with the public health emergency telehealth and telephone services being accepted, the increase of EMR medical records, and there is now coding for digital evaluations. There are also codes for care provided without direct patient involvement. These changes include the Interprofessional consultations between health care providers.


State Announces Partnership to Provide COVID-19 Testing Assistance for Ohioans Who are Blind or Have Low Vision

The Ohio Department of Health and Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities recently announced their partnership with Be My Eyes and Accessible Pharmacy Services to offer a solution for Ohioans who are blind or have low vision in self-administering COVID-19 tests.


Your Well-being Checkup And Referral Engagement Service

August 1, 2022 – The need for well-being support has never been higher, and the OSMA Foundation is supporting Ohio's healthcare workforce with a way to measure factors like personal anxiety, depression and burnout and connect with credible resources who can help.