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    WHAT’S HAPPENING

    Volunteering for Vets
    VOLUNTEERING FOR VETS. Daniel C. Love, MD, screens a veteran at the American Legion convention in Cincinnati.

    Ohio Ophthalmological Society Volunteers for Vets

    The American Legion hosted its 98th National Convention Aug. 25-Sept. 1 at the Duke Energy Convention Center in Cincinnati. Approximately 9,000 American Legion members were in attendance. The Ohio Ophthalmolog­ical Society (OOS) recruited volun­teers to provide eye screening and eye health information to veterans at the convention. The Academy’s federal and state governmental affairs personnel assisted OOS in lining up volunteers, coordinated the logistics of setting up the screenings, and staffed the screen­ing booth. OOS members screened approximately 100 individuals during the convention.

    W. Walker Motley, MD, OOS pres­ident and graduate of the Academy’s Leadership Development Program, said, “What a gratifying experience! The Legionnaires were so appreciative of all of the efforts of the Academy, volunteer ophthalmologists, and staff. We could not have done it without the support of OOS members. Thank you for giving your time.” Rep. Brad Wenstrup (R-Ohio), a member of the U.S. House of Representatives Com­mittee on Veterans’ Affairs, was also in attendance. He met with the Ohio oph­thalmologists and Academy staff, furthering our relation­ship with members of this important committee.

    TAKE NOTICE

    Win a Trip to the Academy’s Mid-Year Forum

    If you are an ophthalmology resident or fellow in training in the United States, you are eligible to win an all-expenses-paid trip to the Academy’s Mid-Year Forum 2017. To enter, contribute a new article to the Academy’s EyeWiki, then submit your article to be considered for the competition before Dec. 1.

    The Mid-Year Forum will be held at the Renaissance Downtown in Wash­ington, D.C., April 26-29. The event also includes Congressional Advocacy Day, April 26-27, and the spring meeting of the Academy Council, April 28-29.

    For more information on the con­test, visit eyewiki.aao.org/Residents_and_Fellows. To see a list of EyeWiki articles that have already been entered into the contest, see eyewiki.aao.org/Talk%3AResidents_and_Fellows.

    MEETING MATTERS

    Meetings on Demand

    AAO Meetings on Demand provides highlights from AAO 2016 and Subspe­cialty Day. Review meeting content on your own schedule from any location on your PC, Mac, or mobile device. This product is online only (no thumb drive)—Internet access is required. AAO Meetings on Demand is not eligi­ble for CME credit.

    To order, visit aao.org/store.

    AAO 2017

    Join the Academy in New Orleans for AAO 2017. The meeting will take place Nov. 11-14 at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. It will be preced­ed by Subspecialty Day, Nov. 10-11. Join the Academy in New Orleans for game-changing research, techniques, and technologies at the world’s most comprehensive ophthalmic meeting.

    For more information, visit aao.org/2017.

    2017 Abstract Deadlines

    To present at AAO 2017, you must submit an abstract online. The abstract submitter for instruction courses and new Skills Transfer labs opens Dec. 8, 2016, and closes Jan. 10, 2017.

    To submit, visit aao.org/presentercentral.

    2016 Best Original Papers

    Congratulations to the authors of the Best Original Papers at AAO 2016. The winning papers were selected by the panels in each of the paper sessions.

    To view a list of Best Original Pa­pers, visit aao.org/aao-archives.

    To view abstracts for the papers, visit the Online Program Search/Meeting Ar­chive page and use the drop-down menus to choose “Paper” and “Best of.”

    AAO 2016 Archives

    Visit the Meeting Archives to download course handout PDFs, find scientific posters, watch Videos on Demand, view syllabi from Subspecialty Day meetings, check out AAO TV, and more.

    For more information, visit aao.org/aao-archives.

    Claim CME for AAO 2016

    Registrants whose attendance was ver­ified at AAO 2016 and/or Subspecialty Day can claim CME credits online. As a service to members only, the Acad­emy maintains a transcript of Acad­emy-sponsored CME credits earned, provided that the member reports those credits to the Academy. CME transcripts that include AAO 2016 and/or Subspecialty Day credits entered in Chicago will be available to Academy members at aao.org/cme-central begin­ning Thursday, Nov. 10.

    For more information, visit aao.org/annual-meeting/cme.

    ACADEMY STORE

    New! 20 Downloadable Handout Topics

    Educate your patients with ophthal­mology’s most comprehensive handout library available: the Academy’s Down­loadable Patient Education Handout Subscription. The collection contains 110 topics in English and Spanish (20 of which are brand-new). All topics include regular content updates and are available as printable PDF files that are customizable with your practice information.

    To order, visit aao.org/patienthandouts.

    New! Order Your 2017 Coding Resources

    ICD 10 CM for OphthalmologyAs of Oct. 1, 2016, practices were re­quired to adopt new or revised ICD-10 codes for dozens of proce­dures—nearly 400 codes for ophthalmology alone. These updates affect every ophthalmologist. The updates change how you must code treatment of patients with age-related macular degeneration (the number one reported diagnosis in the nation), diabetes, glaucoma, retinal vein occlusions, and other conditions. The following coding guides will help you to maximize your reimbursement:

    • 2017 ICD-10-CM for Ophthalmology: The Complete Reference
    • 2017 Coding Coach: Complete Oph­thalmic Coding Reference
    • 2017 CPT: The Complete Pocket Ophthalmic Reference
    • 2017 Ophthalmic Coding: Learn to Code the Essentials and 2017 Ophthalmic Coding: Learn to Code the Subspe­cialties
    • And more

    To order, visit aao.org/codingproducts.

    D.C. REPORT

    Vote With Ophthalmology in Mind

    Washington, D.C., works best for our patients and profession when we have friends in the House of Representatives and Senate. Over the years, these lawmakers have fought alongside the Academy to repeal the sustainable growth rate formula, backed our effort to con­vince the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services that its method­ology used to cut glaucoma and retina reimbursements was flawed, and bolstered our push to preserve access to sight-saving drugs for our patients.

    Our friends in office need your vote. Many face tough opponents in their reelection bids, and some are seeking to move from the House to the Senate, but all of them need to remain in office to con­tinue supporting our issues. This year, cast a ballot for the following lawmakers, knowing that they have strong track records and are worthy of your vote on election day:

    Rep. Larry Bucshon, MD, R-Ind.
    Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C.
    Rep. Gerry Connolly, D-Va.
    Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa
    Rep. Joe Heck, DO, R-Nev.
    Rep. Charles W. Boustany, Jr., MD, R-La.
    Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash.
    Rep. Tom Price, MD, R-Ga.
    Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y.
    Rep. Ami Bera, MD, D-Calif.

    New candidates to consider. The Academy and OphthPAC, its political action committee, are working to increase the number of physicians in Congress, as they have a unique understanding of the challenges ophthalmologists face. They lead many of our legislative efforts to adopt policy that is centered on quality patient care. OphthPAC is endorsing the following first-time candidates:

    Brian Fitzpatrick, R-Pa.
    Matthew Heinz, MD, D-Ariz.
    S. Raja Krishnamoorthi, D-Ill.
    Roger Marshall, MD, R-Kan.

    To help more physicians be elected, invest in OphthPAC at aao.org/advocacy/ophthpac.