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Update May 14, 2020, 1 p.m. ET—AOA advocating for needed Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) improvements and advancing optometry's priorities

AOA is advocating for needed Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) improvements to better assist doctors of optometry. AOA is seeking immediate clarification from the U.S. Department of the Treasury and the administration on key aspects of loan forgiveness to ensure that small-business owners and independent contractors who have sought relief through the program can better plan for the future. At this already challenging time, program uncertainty is an unacceptable and unnecessary burden on businesses working to adjust to a COVID-19 world.

Through continuous outreach to policymakers, payers, the news media and the public, the AOA and affiliates are also advancing these urgent priorities:

  • Supporting practice reactivation
  • Holding plans accountable
  • Fighting for PPE cost relief
  • Expanding relief to more doctors and practices
  • Securing full patient care and COVID-19 testing authority
  • Building greater public awareness of optometry and eye exams

AOA patient care guidance to doctors of optometry on coronavirus/COVID-19 crisis, April 24, 2020

As doctors of optometry resume delivery of complete, comprehensive eye health and vision care under a new phase of the nation's continuing COVID-19 pandemic response, the AOA recommends that clinical judgment and practice operations should be informed by the April 19 CMS reopening guidance and the Opening Up America Again plan, as well as all state, state board and local health directives.
 
The AOA has confirmed the CDC has removed the agency's March 17 nationwide recommendation to postpone routine eye care is no longer in effect, and that CMS's specific guidance on reopening facilities to provide nonemergent and non-COVID-19 health care is in force. Under this framework, state-by-state decisions will guide when and how doctors and practices can resume delivery of complete, comprehensive care. CDC has followed this guidance with a proposed Framework for Healthcare Systems Providing Non-COVID-19 Clinical Care During the COVID-19 Pandemic.

To assist doctors and their practices, the AOA has posted a guide to practice reactivation and other practice tools and crisis relief resources. In addition, members are urged to submit specific requests and questions to askAOA@aoa.org.


The American Optometric Association (AOA) is closely monitoring developments and will actively provide updates regarding COVID-19 to ensure doctors of optometry and the general public not only understand the risks associated with this pandemic but also have the latest information available for continued patient care. The AOA's priority is to support the health and safety of the public and the optometric community and will continue to assess the situation and update recommendations accordingly.


Urge your lawmakers to support immediate relief (S.3559/H.R.6365) for doctors of optometry and other physicians today!