AOA Board officers share their New Year’s resolutions

AOA Board officers share their New Year’s resolutions

New Year's celebrations are a time for reflection as AOA members eagerly anticipate not only the challenges, but also the opportunities ahead and what those mileposts will mean for optometry.

The AOA extends to all its members best wishes for the holidays and the coming new year.

This past year saw unprecedented attacks on the doctor-patient relationship from online "vision test" apps and anticompetitive vision plan policies, and threats to patient eye health from unscrupulous contact lens retailers. Yet, AOA's advocacy resolutely and successfully stood up to each and every one of these obstacles.  

Doctors overwhelmingly took advantage of AOA's Qualified Clinical Data Registry, AOA MORE (Measures and Outcomes Registry for Eyecare) to get a leg up on Medicare quality measures reporting, while Optometry's Meeting® in Boston celebrated another successful year. Now, doctors prepare for a new Medicare payment framework and the specter of even more changes to federal health care laws.  

As 2016 draws to a close, the AOA Board of Trustees officers look ahead to 2017 and offer their resolutions for their own practices, the profession and AOA in the New Year.  

Andrea P. Thau, O.D., AOA president

"Next year we will write optometry's new chapter, building on successes to preserve optometry's ability to provide primary eye and vision health care and to promote the importance of in-person comprehensive eye exams. In 2017, AOA—better together with you—will continue to advocate to protect our profession and our patients' eye and vision health against attacks we face, combating snake-oil-selling technology profiteers, unscrupulous online retailers and elements of organized ophthalmology. While facing our challenges, we will maintain focus, drive awareness of optometry's message and deliver the education and tools you need to provide the best possible patient care."

Christopher J. Quinn, O.D., AOA president-elect

"My resolution for 2017 is for AOA to remain hypervigilant in advancing the needs of our patients for access to quality optometric care. Integration of optometric care in the mainstream of health care, protection of the pediatric essential health benefit, expanded scope of practice, telehealth initiatives, segregated refractive care, and burdensome contact lens rules will all be challenges we will face in 2017. Every doctor's engagement and membership in AOA and his or her state affiliate will be required to successfully position optometry for a successful future."

Samuel D. Pierce, O.D., AOA vice president

"My resolution for the AOA is to continue to represent optometry anywhere and everywhere there are challenges to the profession. With a major regime change in Washington, D.C., in 2017, those challenges will be many and may be quite fierce. AOA is resolved to be at the forefront, fighting for our patients and fighting for our members. We will need to continue to support our state affiliates as they fight for scope enhancement and fight to stop discrimination. Optometry is strong, and even with the challenges ahead there has never been a better time for the profession to excel to even greater heights and greater accomplishments!"  

Barbara L. Horn, O.D., AOA secretary-treasurer

"With a new, incoming U.S. president and potentially vast, impending changes to the health care system, AOA will remain vigilant to protect recent gains we fought for and our patients' vision and eye health. It's my goal to continue to advocate for access to doctors of optometry for in-person comprehensive eye examinations and to protect patients from inferior care, including harmful apps. Communicating the value of membership is a focused goal in 2017, as AOA is the best advocate to ensure that these health care aspects are not dangerously ignored. Now is the time for all doctors to come together and support AOA."

Steven A. Loomis, O.D., AOA immediate past president

"2017 looks to be another year of challenges and opportunities in our profession. Like many of our members, I resolve to continue to advocate for patient access to quality eye care from their doctor of optometry at every opportunity, whether it is at the federal level or at my state level. I resolve to continue supporting AOA-PAC and my local representatives. And finally, I resolve to be home at lot more!"

The AOA extends to all its members best wishes for the holidays and the coming new year.

December 28, 2016

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