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AOA asks CMS to simplify MIPS

August 16, 2016

The American Optometric Association submitted a letter to CMS requesting that Medicare’s Merit-based Incentive Payment System be simplified and more flexible so it becomes a tool for quality improvement rather than a regulatory hurdle for doctors.

The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA), enacted in 2015, incorporates new and existing quality payment programs, such as the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS), the Value-Based Payment Modifier and meaningful use programs, into one Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS).

Health Care Legislative and Regulatory Update

Proposed legislation may provide some relief for frustrated physicians

August 11, 2016
From international law firm Arnold & Porter LLP comes a timely column that provides views on current regulatory and legislative topics that weigh on the minds of…

FTC sues 1-800 CONTACTS for anticompetitive agreements

August 8, 2016
The Federal Trade Commission has sued 1-800 CONTACTS, “alleging that it unlawfully orchestrated and now maintains a web of anticompetitive agreements with rival…

Contact lens coalition takes concerns to FTC

August 8, 2016
The Coalition for Patient Vision Care Safety took its message to the Federal Trade Commission Aug. 3 during the FTC’s review of the public comments on the Fairness…
In the Journals

Ocular inflammation not relieved by punctal plugs, researchers say

August 22, 2016
While insertion of punctal plugs had minimal effect on tear cytokines and matrix metalloproteinase levels, punctal plug…
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In the Journals

Dry eye signs, symptoms improve with re-esterified omega-3

August 19, 2016
Researchers confirmed the improvement in the signs and symptoms for dry eye after 12 weeks and support the…
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Optometry's Meeting 2016

Optometry's Meeting 2016

Contact Lens Health Week to support awareness for children, young adults

August 18, 2016
Bausch + Lomb plans to provide for students and eye care providers this upcoming school year by offering a portfolio of…
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AOA asks CMS to simplify MIPS

August 16, 2016
The American Optometric Association submitted a letter to CMS requesting that Medicare’s Merit-based Incentive Payment System be simplified and…

Health Care Legislative and Regulatory Update

Proposed legislation may provide some relief for frustrated physicians

August 11, 2016
From international law firm Arnold & Porter LLP comes a timely column that provides views on current regulatory and legislative topics that weigh…

FTC sues 1-800 CONTACTS for anticompetitive agreements

August 8, 2016
The Federal Trade Commission has sued 1-800 CONTACTS, “alleging that it unlawfully orchestrated and now maintains a web of anticompetitive…

Contact lens coalition takes concerns to FTC

August 8, 2016
The Coalition for Patient Vision Care Safety took its message to the Federal Trade Commission Aug. 3 during the FTC’s review of the public…

Health Care Legislative and Regulatory Update

Physician responsibilities for suspected Medicare overpayments

August 1, 2016
From international law firm Arnold & Porter LLP comes a timely column that provides views on current regulatory and legislative topics that weigh…

1-800 CONTACTS offers at-home refractions

August 1, 2016
Online retailer 1-800 CONTACTS now offers its customers a way to obtain a contact lens prescription online through the use of a smart phone and a…

Medicare Coding

OIG encourages Medicare providers to institute compliance programs

Primary Care Optometry News, July 2016
Charles B. Brownlow, OD
The Office of the Inspector General acts as the “enforcer” for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. This office establishes…

Contact lens bill aims to improve communication, patient safeguards

Primary Care Optometry News, July 2016
The Contact Lens Consumer Health Protection Act of 2016 was written to strengthen the Fairness to Contact Lens Consumers Act “to preserve…

Meeting News Coverage

Study finds marketing affects prescribing behavior

July 13, 2016
BOSTON – Optometrists earned more than $18 million in 2014 as a result of financial relationships with the medical industry, according to a…

In the Journals

President Obama outlines progress, future of Affordable Care Act

July 12, 2016
The United States "will be better off" due to the progress that the Affordable Care Act has made in addressing inadequacies in the health care…

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