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CME Credit Information

The American Academy of Ophthalmology is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

CME Credit Reporting
Beginning Nov. 13, you can claim credits on the Academy website through CME Central.

NOTE: CME credits must be reported by Jan. 14, 2015.

Academy Members:
The CME credit reporting receipt is not a CME transcript. CME transcripts that include AAO 2014 credits entered onsite will be available to Academy members on the Academy's website beginning Nov. 13, 2014. The Academy transcript cannot list individual course attendance. It will list only the overall credits spent in educational activities at Subspecialty Day and/or AAO 2014.

Nonmembers:
The Academy will provide nonmembers with verification of credits earned and reported for a single Academy-sponsored CME activity, but it does not provide CME credit transcripts. To obtain a printed record of your credits, you must report your CME credits onsite at the CME Credit Reporting booths.

Proof of Attendance
The following types of attendance verification will be available during the AAO 2014 and Subspecialty Day for those who need it for reimbursement or hospital privileges, or for nonmembers who need it to report CME credit:

  • CME credit reporting/proof-of-attendance letters
  • Onsite registration receipt
  • Instruction course and session verification

CME Transcripts
Academy members can view and print their CME Transcripts online. You will need to log on using your username and password. Forgot your password? Have your information e-mailed to you or contact the Academy's CME Registrar with any questions.

Attendance Verification for CME Reporting
Before processing your requests for CME credit, the Academy must verify your attendance at AAO 2014 and/or Subspecialty Day. In order to be verified for CME or auditing purposes, you must either:

  • Register in advance, receive your materials in the mail before traveling to the meeting, then turn in the Final Program and/or Subspecialty Day Syllabus exchange voucher(s) onsite;
  • Register in advance and pick up your badge onsite if materials did not arrive before you traveled to the meeting;
  • Register onsite; or
  • Scan the barcode on your badge as you enter an AAO 2014 course or session room.

Badge Scanning – What Does It Mean?
Each AAO 2014 meeting badge displays a barcode. Staff stationed at each course and session room will scan your badge, verifying your attendance. At the end of each day, an e-mail will be sent confirming the courses and sessions at which your badge was scanned, with links directly to the evaluation. Your participation in the evaluation process is critical for maintaining a high-quality program.

What about CME? Getting your badge scanned does not automatically grant CME. You still need to record your own educational activities. You can do so either in Chicago, at designated CME Reporting stations, or online after the meeting. Please note: You should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of your participation in the activity.

Self-Assessment Credit
This year's Subspecialty Day meetings (Cornea, Glaucoma, Ocular Oncology and Pathology, Oculofacial Plastic Surgery, Pediatric Ophthalmology, Retina, Refractive Surgery, Uveitis), as well as up to 10 credit hours within AAO 2014, have been pre-approved as self-assessment credit.

Portions of these activities meet the Self-Assessment CME requirements defined by the American Board of Ophthalmology (ABO). The ABO is not an accrediting body for purposes of any CME program. ABO does not sponsor this or any outside activity, and ABO does not endorse any particular CME activity. Complete information regarding the ABO Self-Assessment CME Maintenance of Certification requirements are available at: http://abop.org/maintain-certification/part-2-lifelong-learning-self-assessment/cme/.

NOTE: Credit designated as "self-assessment" is AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ and is also pre-approved by the ABO for the Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Part II CME requirements.

Academy's CME Mission Statement
The purpose of the American Academy of Ophthalmology’s Continuing Medical Education (CME) program is to present ophthalmologists with the highest quality lifelong learning opportunities that promote improvement and change in physician practices, performance or competence, thus enabling such physicians to maintain or improve the competence and professional performance needed to provide the best possible eye care for their patients.
Content Areas
Target Audience
Types of Activities
Expected Results

AAO 2014 CME Credit
The American Academy of Ophthalmology is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The American Academy of Ophthalmology designates this live activity for a maximum of 33 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The American Medical Association has determined that non–U.S. licensed physicians who participate in this CME activity are eligible for AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Attendees registered as exhibitors, spouses or guests are not eligible to receive CME credit.

Portions of the meeting identified for credit include AAO 2014 scientific sessions, instruction courses, Skills Transfer courses, Breakfast With the Experts, AAOE Saturday Program, Scientific Papers and Posters, the Video Program, and the Jackson Memorial Lecture at the Opening Session.

Portions of the meeting not eligible for credit include, but are not limited to, committee meetings, viewing exhibits, attending Special Meetings & Events, the AAOE General Session, social networking and any affiliate event.

AAO 2014 Learning Objectives
Upon completion of this activity, participants should be able to:

  • Identify recent advances in the diagnosis and treatment of eye diseases.
  • Identify major advances in key areas of cutting-edge research and technology in ophthalmology.
  • Incorporate skills and techniques from the hands-on Skills Transfer courses into their daily practice.
  • Integrate practice management strategies to address critical business and operational tasks in the ophthalmologist's practice.
  • Develop strategies to identify and address their own individual professional practice gaps.

AAO 2014 Target Audience
This activity has been designed to meet the educational needs of ophthalmologists, nurses, ophthalmic technicians and other allied health personnel who are engaged in the diagnosis and treatment of eye diseases, as well as business managers responsible for managing the business aspects of an ophthalmic practice.

2014 Subspecialty Day CME Credit
The American Academy of Ophthalmology is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Subspecialty Day Activities for Retina and Refractive Surgery:
The American Academy of Ophthalmology designates this live activity for a maximum of 14 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Subspecialty Day Activities for Cornea, Glaucoma, Ocular Oncology and Pathology, Oculofacial Plastic Surgery, Pediatric Ophthalmology and Uveitis:
The American Academy of Ophthalmology designates this live activity for a maximum of 7 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

2014 AAOE Coding CME Credit
The American Academy of Ophthalmology is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Half-Day Coding Session
The American Academy of Ophthalmology designates this live activity for a maximum of 3 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Teaching at a Live Activity
Teaching instruction courses, or delivering a scientific paper or poster are not AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ activities and should not be included when calculating your total AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.

Presenters may claim AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ through the American Medical Association. Please contact the AMA to obtain an application form at www.ama-assn.org.

Scientific Integrity and Disclosure of Financial Interest
The American Academy of Ophthalmology is committed to ensuring that all continuing medical education (CME) information is based on the application of research findings and the implementation of evidence-based medicine. It seeks to promote balance, objectivity and absence of commercial bias in its content. All persons in a position to control the content of this activity must disclose any and all financial interests. The Academy has mechanisms in place to resolve all conflicts of interest prior to an educational activity being delivered to the learners.

AAPC Continuing Education Credit
The American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC) reviews and selects courses towards the maintenance of CPC, CPC-H and CPC-P certification. Granting of prior approval in no way constitutes endorsement by the AAPC of the program content or the program sponsor. A certificate of completion is included in the AAOE Coding Sessions workbook for AAPC and JCAHPO attendance verification. Visit www.aapc.com for more information.

NOTE: AAPC credits cannot be claimed on the Academy's online CME system.

NBCOE Continuing Education Credit
The National Board for the Certification of Ophthalmic Executives (NBCOE) reviews the American Academy of Ophthalmic Executives (AAOE) Saturday program for COE Category A credit hours. All Category A activities yield a 1:1 credit ratio for hours spent to hours earned. Visit www.asoa.org for more information.

JCAHPO Continuing Education Credit
The Joint Commission on Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology (JCAHPO) reviews courses for continuing education credit toward certification or recertification in ophthalmic medical assisting for COA, COT and COMT levels. Approved courses are classified as either Group A or Group B. Though JCAHPO may award continuing education credit for specified courses, JCAHPO does not sponsor these or any other review course. A certificate of completion is included in the AAOE Coding Sessions workbook for AAPC and JCAHPO attendance verification. Visit www.jcahpo.org for more information.

NOTE: JCAHPO credits cannot be claimed on the Academy's online CME system. Credit must be claimed directly with JCAHPO when you are ready to recertify.