What Students and New Grads Need to Know about COVID-19 Relief Efforts, Student Debt and More
Learn more about the AOA's response to the COVID-19 emergency, the CARES Act, information regarding loans and grants, as well as the long-term stength of the profession.
April 23, 2020
Evaluation and management (E/M) services are incredibly important in patient care, and it’s critical that optometry practices are aware of changes ahead. Meanwhile, the AOA and other leading physician organizations are pushing legislation that would halt Medicare payment cuts resulting from the changes.
The moratorium on loan repayment is scheduled to expire Dec. 31. The average optometry student’s loan debt when they graduate is close to $200,000, and the AOA and the American Optometric Student Association (AOSA) argue that the relief makes a difference to current optometry students and doctors of optometry continuing to pay student loans. The AOA is working to ensure concerns of doctors of optometry nationwide are front and center.
The advocacy collaborative fighting for patient safety and the doctor-patient relationship reports on a productive 2020, despite COVID-19 challenges, and recently welcomed Alcon as its newest member.