Your source for fresh news updated daily on topics ranging from clinical eye care to advocacy to practice management tips.

How you can prepare for the monkeypox public health emergency

Doctors of optometry can play a role in detecting monkeypox—the virus recently declared a public health emergency. Be aware of the ophthalmic manifestations.

Which retirement plan is right for you?

A look at the retirement plans most utilized by doctors of optometry.

Doctors of optometry and camp health professionals offer tips for a safe summer

About 14 million children and adults attend camps annually in the U.S. What can parents do to help keep their campers happy? Camp health professionals and doctors of optometry advise.

Frustrated by payer issues? AOA practice success initiative can help

Members can access new, template appeal letters to assist in payer denials and patient communications, as well as attend an #AskAOA webinar on addressing payer clawbacks and denials.

Advocacy updates

Aetna reverses AOA-opposed cataract surgery pre-approval policy

The prior-authorization requirement ended July 1, 2022, for all patients—except Medicare Advantage in Georgia and Florida—a year after the AOA and other groups decried Aetna’s decision.

Medicare sequester cuts take effect as AOA fix expires; more cuts looming

The second of two Medicare sequester cuts took effect July 1 with up to 2.75% of Medicare physicians’ pay affected in 2022. Even more significant cuts are scheduled in 2023 without Congressional action.

AOA Focus

AOA Focus is the magazine for AOA members. AOA Focus delivers a blend of updates, in-depth analysis and personal stories from doctors of optometry across the country on topics that matter most to the profession. This big-picture view is the perfect complement to the daily updates members get at AOA News.

AOA Focus