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Governmental Affairs Sessions at the 2013 Annual Meeting

The Annual Meeting in New Orleans will feature four Governmental Affairs sessions that showcase the relationship between the Academy and federal agencies and lawmakers. Academy members are encouraged to mark their calendars to take advantage of these timely sessions. All events are free.

Q&A with the FDA (SPE26)
Saturday, Nov. 16, 2-3 p.m.
Morial Hall, Room 224

Have you heard about the Academy's new partnership with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to improve the regulatory science around the approval of premium medical devices that can significantly benefit cataract patients? What is the FDA's role in inspecting and overseeing compounding pharmacies? Do you have questions about the latest ophthalmic products? This session will be driven entirely by you. During the session, ophthalmic drug and device experts from the FDA will respond to your most common queries. Submit questions to be considered for response by Oct. 18 to Shannon Curtis, government affairs representative at the Academy, at scurtis@aaodc.org or by fax at 202.737.7061.

2014 Medicare Update (SPE12)
Sunday, Nov. 17, 12:15-1:45 p.m.
Morial Hall, New Orleans Theater C

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services will release the 2014 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule shortly before the Annual Meeting. Academy leaders will highlight key components, in addition to changes in the fee schedule during this session, including an examination of the Medicare incentive programs and the effects of implementation of the health care reform law on physician payments.

Quality Measurement in Ophthalmology: The Future Landscape (SYM17)
2013 AMA Ophthalmology Section Council Symposium
Monday, Nov. 18, 8:30-10 a.m.
Morial Hall, New Orleans Theater C

Many changes are under way to the U.S. health care system and Congress is poised to reform Medicare physician payment. These changes are at the nexus of public policy, clinical care and payment issues. In this symposium, experts in quality measures and payment will discuss the potential impact on patient outcomes and ophthalmology practices.

VA and DOD: Leading the Way in Simulation in Eye Care (SPE21)
Monday, Nov. 18, 12:45-1:45 p.m.
Morial Hall, Room 217

Simulation technology has rapidly evolved to the point where it is providing ophthalmologists with new perspectives on how to handle real medical situations. Ophthalmologists from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and the Department of Defense will discuss how the agencies' health care systems are advancing the use of simulation technologies in training to improve patient eye care, safety and competency maintenance.