Practice Management

Stay on top of the issues that affect how you manage your practice.

PPP loan deadline extended, AOA pushes SBA for clarity on program eligibility

May 31 is the new application deadline for first- and second-draw PPP loans, with the AOA requesting clarity on whether HHS Provider Relief Funds should be included in gross receipts for assessing eligibility.

AOA MORE, optometry’s data registry, takes yearlong pause

The AOA will use the time to evaluate its collection efforts and create a registry for the future that is most useful to improving eye health and vision care. The AOA launched the registry in 2015.

4 coding changes now in effect

Given the importance of E/M services in patient care, it’s critical that all doctors of optometry are aware of these changes.

Talking politics in the office? 3 things to keep in mind

Even if you’re choosing to disengage, today’s politics have a way of finding you. What are the ground rules for approaching political debates in the practice?

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New rules ahead for patient access to electronic health records

Under new rules for the 21st Century Cures Act, doctors of optometry will need to prepare for changes going into effect April 5. Doctors should check in with their health IT vendor in order to make sure they meet the new requirements.

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IRS ruling on PPP loans could raise practices’ taxes, AOA pushing for fix in new COVID-19 bill

The IRS’ decision regarding the tax treatment of PPP loans could turn what was intended to be a tax-free loan into taxable income for 2020.

Considering paraoptometric certification? AOA offers CE-eligible webinar

Take the first step toward paraoptometric certification with this AOA-led skills review webinar, worth two CPC continuing education credits on Thursday, Dec. 10. Register your staff today.

Jan. 1 coding changes—are you ready?

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.

8 lessons the COVID-19 pandemic has taught us

From rethinking office flow to virtual care services to cash reserves—the ongoing pandemic has already taught doctors of optometry lessons to last a lifetime.