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As an AOA member, you'll be supporting advocacy efforts that help advance and protect the profession. Plus, you'll get access to exclusive continuing education programs and clincal resources.
Coding and reimbursement is designed to educate doctors and staff on medical recordkeeping and documentation, compliance and coding. The guidance received by the coding experts will support doctors and staff in providing the best possible patient care while ensuring accurate reimbursements are received.
Optometric Clinical Practice Guidelines are recommendations for patient care which are developed through a formal process. They combine the best available current scientific evidence and research with expert clinical opinion to recommend appropriate steps in the diagnosis, management, and treatment of patients with various eye and vision conditions.
Connect with doctors of optometry, optometric students and optometric staff and expand your knowledge and gain new certifications at these upcoming events.
AOA’s member-exclusive centralized education portal, EyeLearn, offers an expanding online catalog of educational modules, webinars and resources to help advance clinical proficiencies, the practice of contemporary optometry, and practice management for doctors of optometry, future doctors of optometry, and paraoptometric staff. In an effort to support professional development for the field of optometry, select courses may be available to all individuals in the profession.
Flowood, MS 39232Event Calendar
Building on the overwhelming success of last year's inaugural regional advocacy meetings, the AOA State Government Relations Committee (SGRC) once again will host a series of advocacy meetings to collaborate with and work to maximize affiliates' advocacy strategies with firsthand input from seasoned veterans.
With all new content and conversations planned, the 2023 AOA SGRC Regional Advocacy Meetings will build on the foundational elements of 2022 meetings and dive deeper into specific tactics used by optometry's advocates to successfully navigate the legislative landscape. Hear from those advocates who have found success with a number of issues affecting our profession. Panelists will share what roadblocks they experienced and strategies to navigate around those obstacles. Among the pertinent issues up for discussion at these meetings include the emergence of physician "title" bills and other offensive plays utilized by opponents to derail optometry's advancements.
AOA SGRC Regional Advocacy Meeting Eastern
Eastern region states include: Alabama, Connecticut, D.C., Florida, Georgia, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Mississippi, New Hampshire, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia.
The AOA SGRC Regional Advocacy Meeting Eastern will take place at the Hilton Atlanta. Housing reservation discounts for the Eastern meeting have ended.
These highly interactive meetings are intended to directly connect affiliate advocates with one another in a collaborative, forum environment for an open dialogue with peers and colleagues. State advocacy teams are encouraged to join one of three AOA SGRC Regional Advocacy Meetings; participants are encouraged to register for any of the three regional meetings. Additional meetings include:
The AOA SGRC Regional Advocacy Meetings are supported by Johnson & Johnson Vision, Lumenis, Health Care Alliance for Patient Safety and Sight Sciences.
AOA and AFOS: ‘Cut through the noise’ and empower licensed doctors of optometry to provide greater access to care to veterans
Eye care is the third-most requested health service by veterans at the VA—and doctors of optometry provide the majority of that care. Yet, as the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) considers new national standards of practice for more than 50 health professions at its facilities, optometrists are making a winning case for expanding their role at an understaffed VA and are galvanizing against baseless attacks from organized medicine, ophthalmology and a few unbending legislators.
September is Paraoptometric Appreciation Month, celebrating optometric practice staff around the country. Two paraoptometric professionals who provide eye care as active-duty veterans in the United States Armed Forces share their stories.