American Academy of Ophthalmology recognizes policy and legislative efforts to ensure patients receive sight-saving treatments
WASHINGTON — The American Academy of Ophthalmology is honoring Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga, for his important efforts to advocate for enhancing and preserving access to quality eye care in the United States. Rep. Lewis is one of nine 2017 recipients of the Visionary Award for important efforts to advocate for enhancing and preserving access to quality eye care in the United States.
The Academy presents its Visionary Award each year in conjunction with its annual legislative visit to Capitol Hill.
Rep. Lewis used his Medicare oversight role to ensure the sustainability of ophthalmology in rural communities. He pressured CMS into reconsidering a severe Medicare reimbursement rate cut for glaucoma and retinal detachment procedures. His efforts preserved the continued availability of these sight-threatening treatments that disproportionately impact minority and rural communities across the country.
“The nation’s ophthalmologists are proud of Rep. John Lewis for working to ensure that patients in every community have timely access to critical treatments for eye diseases,” said Cynthia A. Bradford, MD, president of the American Academy of Ophthalmology. “The Academy is committed to fostering partnerships within Congress to ensure that our patients can receive the highest-quality medical and surgical eye care.”
The Academy is the leading voice for the profession of ophthalmology in Washington. The organization takes an active role in working with Congress and government agencies on policy issues that affect how medical and surgical care is provided in the United States.
About the American Academy of Ophthalmology
The American Academy of Ophthalmology is the world’s largest association of eye physicians and surgeons. A global community of 32,000 medical doctors, we protect sight and empower lives by setting the standards for ophthalmic education and advocating for our patients and the public. We innovate to advance our profession and to ensure the delivery of the highest-quality eye care. Our EyeSmart® program provides the public with the most trusted information about eye health. For more information, visit aao.org.