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.
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Amid the AOA’s push for the bipartisan Dental and Optometric Care Access Act, a congressional panel authorized to investigate “any matter at any time” goes public with vision plan concerns and demands for oversight of industry consolidation and vertical integration.
The “National Association of Optometrists and Opticians” moniker has been dropped and replaced with NAROC, the National Association of Retail Optical Companies.
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The recent workshop heard testimony from various stakeholders on the potential impact that proposed changes to the Eyeglass Rule might have on consumer choice and the burden on the practices of doctors of optometry and ophthalmology, which are already understaffed and saddled with other federal regulation. The Federal Trade Commission will use the feedback to determine whether to go forward with its recommendations.
The Dental and Optometric Care (DOC) Access Act curbs anti-patient, anti-doctor mandates by vision plans and affirms the doctor-patient relationship.
Backed by the AOA and Health Care Alliance for Patient Safety, the legislation would prohibit sellers’ manipulation of the current contact lens prescription verification system and restore doctors’ oversight.
This year the AOA’s single-largest annual advocacy experience, AOA on Capitol Hill, occurs in conjunction with Optometry’s Meeting®, June 21-24, in Washington, D.C. Join optometry’s advocates in our nation’s capital.
Part of the solution: Optometry groups join AOA in submitting actionable solutions for workforce shortages
The presidents of the AOA, ASCO and AOSA jointly respond to March 2 call from Sen. Bernie Sanders, chair of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP), and ranking member Sen. Bill Cassidy, M.D., for AOA and its partners to give input on “the root causes of the current health care workforce shortage and potential ways to address it.” Their feedback will be used to identify bipartisan solutions for legislation in the future, the senators say.
AOA general counsel provides a primer on the dos and don’ts of engaging in political activity by federal employees.