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    Dr. Lum to Receive the 2023 Distinguished Service Award

    The Academy Board of Trustees voted to award the 2023 Distinguished Service Award to Flora Lum, MD, Academy vice president of Quality & Data Science. Dr. Lum was nominated by Academy President Daniel J. Brice­land, MD.

    The Distinguished Service Award is among the Academy’s highest awards. It honors an individual or organization for ongoing notable service to ophthal­mology and the Academy. The president names a prospective recipient, and the nominee is then put to the Board of Trustees for a vote.

    Dr. Lum has made fundamental contributions to ophthalmology. In 2013, Dr. Lum played a major role in establishing the Academy’s IRIS Regis­try (Intelligent Research in Sight)—the nation’s first comprehensive eye disease clinical registry. Under her guidance, the IRIS Registry has collected data from 483.6 million patient visits on 78.6 million patients as of Jan. 1, 2023, and reported on quality measures for several thousand ophthalmologists each year since 2014.

    In addition, Dr. Lum oversees the quality of care and evidence-based ac­tivities of the Hoskins Center, including the development of Preferred Practice Patterns and Ophthalmic Technology Assessments and the creation, steward­ship, and revision of performance mea­sures incorporated into CMS’ Merit-Based Incentive Payment System. She also serves as the program manager of the Premium IOL Patient-Reported Outcome Measure and directs the Academy health information technology activities.

    Attend the award ceremony at AAO 2023. Dr. Lum will be honored at the AAO 2023 Opening Session in San Francisco on Saturday, Nov. 4 (9:00-10:30 a.m.).

    Academy Names Sixth Co­peland Fellow: Dr. Sopeyin

    At Mid-Year Forum 2023, the Acad­emy, joined by the National Medical Association (NMA)–Ophthalmology Section, recognized Anuoluwapo (Anu) Sopeyin, MD, as the sixth annual Copeland Fellow. Dr. Sopeyin is a PGY2 ophthalmology resident at the Wilmer Eye Institute at Johns Hopkins.

    Dr. Sopeyin moved to the United States from Nigeria more than a decade ago to pursue her undergraduate ed­ucation at Vassar College. She subse­quently worked as a research assistant at Rockefeller University in New York City. She continued to gain exposure to translational research as a medical student in the Paintsil Lab at the Yale School of Medicine. While at Yale, Dr. Sopeyin led a mentorship program that served underprivileged middle and high school students.

    The award. The Robert A. Copeland Jr., MD, Advocacy Education Fund was established by the Academy in 2018 to honor the late founding chairman of ophthalmology at Howard University, who had a history of engaging Acade­my members-in-training in advocacy and who desired greater engagement in advocacy by all ophthalmologists. The fund covers the annual expenses for one resident to attend the Academy Mid-Year Forum and Congressional Advocacy Day in Washington, D.C., as an Advocacy Ambassador. (Learn more about the Advocacy Ambassador Pro­gram at

    Copeland Fellows are selected with the help of the NMA-Ophthalmology Section.



    2023 MIPS: June Deadlines for EHR-Based Reporting

    For those who participate in the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS), the least burdensome way to report quality measures is by integrating their EHR system with the IRIS Registry.

    The move to Verana Health from FIGmd. This year, Verana Health com­pletes its takeover of the EHR integra­tion process from FIGmd, making it the Academy’s exclusive end-to-end data partner for the IRIS Registry. Support for manual reporting MIPS via the IRIS Registry also has transitioned from FIGmd to Verana Health.

    June 15 deadline for getting started on EHR integration. If you haven’t yet integrated your EHR system with the IRIS Registry but want to do so this year (or if you signed up last year but did not integrate), notify Verana Health by June 15. To see which EHR systems are eligible for IRIS Registry integration, visit

    Report changes to your EHR or practice management systems by June 15. If you have integrated your EHR system with the IRIS Registry, but have made changes to your practice manage­ment system or EHR system—such as a system upgrade, a move to cloud-based storage, or a move to another EHR system—notify your Verana Health Practice Experience Manager or email by June 15. You may need to repeat the data mapping process.

    Download the IRIS Registry Prepa­ration Kit at

    Not Getting IRIS Registry Communications?

    Are you using the IRIS Registry to report MIPS? Your practice should be getting email from Verana Health.

    Not getting those emails? Those messages are sent to the contact person that Verana Health has on file. If your practice isn’t receiving those emails (and they’re not in anybody’s spam folders), check that Verana Health is using the correct contact information. Either get in touch with your Verana Health Practice Experience Manager or email

    Enter YO Resident Knowledge Exchange Contest by June 15

    Do you have great flash cards, mne­monics, or other helpful study tips that you developed to survive residen­cy? Young ophthalmologists (YOs) are invited to enter the Resident Knowledge Exchange contest by posting educational pearls and study resources to the Resident Knowledge Exchange board with the tag “2023 Contest Entry” by June 15. Submissions will be judged based on their accuracy, creativity, and educational value for residents.

    The contest winner will receive a virtual reality headset, a chance to present at a YO event during AAO 2023 in San Francisco, and acknowledgment on Academy social media and in publica­tions such as Academy Express, EyeNet, and YO Info.

    Learn more at

    June 30 Deadline for Neuroprotection Manuscripts

    Ophthalmology Science, the Academy’s Gold Open Access journal, will publish a special issue on neuroprotection. Sub­missions are being accepted through June 30. All open-access fees will be waived. The issue will feature guest editors Adriana Di Polo, PhD, Thomas V. Johnson III, MD, José-Alain Sahel, MD, and Joel S. Schuman, MD.

    Submit at


    Don’t Miss This DEI Webinar

    On June 20 at 5:00 p.m. PT, join pre­senter Ambar Faridi, MD, for a free webinar about diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI), titled “All Eyes on DEI: Positives, Pitfalls, & Priorities.” This program is sponsored by the American Academy of Ophthalmic Executives, the Academy’s practice management affiliate. It will cover DEI’s positive effects on patient care, recent progress in ophthalmology, and strategies for future improvement. The presentation will be followed by a Q&A.

    To register, go to and search under webinars.

    New Course: Breaking Bad News

    Review the Academy’s new interactive course, titled “Breaking Bad News for Practicing Ophthalmologists,” to im­prove your communication skills and earn 1 CME credit. Ophthalmologists completing this workshop will learn to incorporate the SPIKES (setting up, perception, invitation, knowledge, emotions with empathy, and strategy or summary) protocol in conversations, build knowledge around visual rehabili­tation services, and construct strategies specifically for discussing surgical complications.

    Get started at

    Explore Resources for Vision Rehabilitation

    The Academy offers a variety of resources to support you and your practice in providing appropriate and needed care to low vision patients. Find out where you can refer patients with visual acuity of less than 20/40 and/or scotomas, field loss, or contrast loss. Appropriate vision rehabilita­tion services can lessen the impact of patients’ vision loss and improve their independence and quality of life.

    Learn more at

    New! Neuro-Ophthalmology Rotation Series for Residents

    Explore the Academy’s newly published Neuro-Ophthalmology Rotation. De­veloped by members of the Academy’s Committee for Resident Education, this course provides essential education for residents in their neuro-ophthalmology rotation.

    It is the latest curriculum in the Academy’s resident rotation series. Other titles in this series can be found in the resident section of the ONE Net­work, along with other valuable content for residents.

    Get started at

    Visit the No. 1 Job Site for Ophthalmology

    The Ophthalmology Job Center is an easy way for hiring practices and qual­ified candidates to connect. Employers can post jobs directly and target the most qualified ophthalmic audience, while candidates can search hundreds of listings by location and subspecialty.

    Learn more at

    International Opportunities to Improve Your Skills

    Deliver the best care for patients by practicing your ophthalmic dexterity with the Academy’s Global Directory of Training Opportunities. The direc­tory provides a listing of ophthalmic externships, fellowships, internships, observerships, and preceptorships available around the world.

    Search opportunities to train today at


    Watch Dr. Osher’s Latest Video Journal: Vol. 39, Issue 1

    The Video Journal of Cataract, Refrac­tive, and Glaucoma Surgery (VJCRGS), created by ophthalmic surgeon and educator Robert H. Osher, MD, has been publishing educational cataract, refractive, and glaucoma videos since 1985. The surgical videos are submit­ted from ophthalmologists around the world and are handpicked by the VJCRGS editorial board. Out now, the first issue of 2023 demonstrates a vari­ety of routine and novel techniques for IOL explantation.

    Watch vol. 39, issue 1 for free at


    The Academy Keeps a Spotlight on Prior Authorization Reform

    In September 2022, the Improving Seniors’ Timely Access to Care Act, a bipartisan bill with 326 cosponsors, passed the House unanimously. The bill would reform prior authorization under the Medicare Advantage pro­gram to help ensure America’s seniors get the care they need when they need it. The day the House debated it, independent legislative analysts at the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) said the bill would significantly raise Medicare costs by billions of dollars over 10 years due to greater use of services. As a result, the bill stalled in the Senate.

    Contesting the CBO estimate. The Academy and some lawmakers vehemently disagreed with the CBO estimate. In fact, at the Academy’s urging, Rep. Larry Bucshon, MD, R-Ind., one of the bill sponsors, chal­lenged the estimate’s accuracy during a key committee hearing on the legislation.

    Lobbying CMS. Lawmakers also began engaging CMS, urging the agency to release a rule that—like the bill—would require Medicare Advan­tage plans to adopt electronic prior authorization and support the waiver or modification of prior authorization requirements based on provider performance, among other reforms. The Academy and the Regulatory Relief Coalition (RRC) also met with CMS to urge action on the electronic prior authorization rule. A CMS proposed rule to implement such chang­es would, if adopted, lower the bill’s cost estimate, easing its passage through the Senate.

    The 117th Congress ended with a cliffhanger. CMS released its propos­al to improve the prior authorization process on Dec. 6, 2022, but CBO did not update their estimated costs for the bill before the 117th Congress adjourned.

    The fight for prior authorization reforms is continuing into the 118th Congress. In March, the Academy submitted comments in support of the CMS proposal.

    To support these efforts, donate to the Academy’s political action committee, OphthPAC, at