Friday, July 8, 2016

Executive Director Search

The Pennsylvania Optometric Association (POA) is searching for an Executive Director who exhibits excellence in organizational management, strategic thinking, and relationship building. The POA represents the interests of over 1,200 optometrists across the state of Pennsylvania. Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director has overall responsibility for the execution of our strategic plan with emphasis on membership development and retention, legislation and insurance/third party related issues.

Candidates should possess proven leadership in some or all of the following areas: membership development, finance, legislation, third party and non-dues revenue income. The candidate should also possess the ability to manage staff, work with our volunteer structure, set and achieve strategic objectives, and manage a budget. Qualifications: Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree with MPH, MBA, MPA, OD or JD preferred. Management experience in not-for-profit association administration, government relations, health services, public administration, or closely related area. Small business experience and/or experience in legislative and regulatory environment with emphasis on health policy and insurance issues is a plus. Availability for travel and required after-hours work including weekends. Salary and benefits will be commensurate with experience.


Please send cover letter, resume and references to Kelsey Rodkey at poaeyes@gmail.com by August 8, 2016.

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Smart Talk with Scott LaMar on WITF

On Monday, March 28, Drs. Marianne Boltz and Gregory Caldwell joined radio host Scott LaMar for his show "Smart Talk." The doctors discussed Save Your Vision Month and the importance of yearly eye examinations, along with Kids Welcome Here and how to prevent digital eye strain. To listen to their interview online, visit
http://witf.vo.llnwd.net/o35/smarttalk/radiosmarttalk/RST_March282016.mp3.

Dr. Boltz explains the importance of the 20-20-20 rule on Smart Talk.

Dr. Caldwell smiles for the camera as Dr. Boltz discusses Kids Welcome Here.

Dr. Boltz and Dr. Caldwell have their photo taken by a WITF employee for their website.

Outside the green room, Dr. Boltz and Dr. Caldwell expressed their feelings about how the segment went.

Dr. Caldwell and Dr. Boltz with Scott LaMar after their segment.

Dr. Boltz and Dr. Caldwell pose for a photo outside the WITF building.

Monday, October 26, 2015

From the AOA: CMS Will Issue Comparative Billing Reports to 6,500 Doctors of Optometry this Week

Doctors of optometry should be aware that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has contracted with eGlobalTech to provide comparative billing reports (CBRs) to doctors of optometry. CBRs will be sent to 6,500 doctors of optometry this week. The CBR will come directly from eGlobalTech. The majority of doctors who have been selected to receive a CBR will receive the report via fax. In some cases the report will be sent via mail if a physician does not have a fax number listed in the CMS National Plan and Provider Enumeration System (NPPES) or if more than 5 doctors in a practice were selected to receive a CBR. If you are one of the 6,500 doctors of optometry that have received a CBR, here are the top 5 things you need to know:

1. CBRs are educational reports that provide comparative data which demonstrates how you compare to your peers. These reports are not intended to be punitive in nature and are not intended to be used to make assumptions regarding how you practice. CBRs have been issued to many specialties and were issued to ophthalmologists in April focusing on many of the same services that are included in the optometry CBR.

2. CBRs are not an indication of fraudulent or inappropriate billing. Even if a report indicates that you are an outlier compared to your peers, this is not an indication of fraudulent or inappropriate billing. There are many reasons a doctor could be considered an outlier compared to peers. If you received a CBR and are surprised regarding how your practice compares to peers, this is a great opportunity to conduct a self-audit. Additionally, if the data reported from CMS differs greatly from your billing records, the report provides an opportunity to correct any billing information transmission problems between your practice and CMS.

3. A number of factors were considered when selecting which doctors of optometry would receive a CBR. First, the universe of doctors of optometry enrolled in the Medicare program was identified. Then the codes that were reported most frequently by doctors of optometry were identified. eGlobalTech then selected measures to evaluate doctors of optometry based on most frequently billed services. Any doctor who was an outlier based on one of the measures selected was placed into a pool of physicians that could potentially receive a CBR. Out of that pool of physicians, any doctor who treated fewer than 115 Medicare beneficiaries and billed less than $15,000 from July 1, 2014, to June 30, 2015 was eliminated from the pool of potential CBR recipients. Out of that remaining group, 6,500 doctors of optometry were selected to receive a CBR.

4.Attend the CBR Webinar. On Wednesday, November 18, 2015 from 3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time a webinar will be held to review the CBRs. There will be a question and answer session following the presentation. Register for the webinar at: 
https://www.anymeeting.com/PIID=EC51DD85854E38 If you are unable to attend the webinar, a recording will be available 5 days following the presentation.

5. AOA is here to help. If you have questions regarding your CBR, please contact Rodney Peele rpeele@aoa.org or Kara Webb kcwebb@aoa.org.

eGlobalTech can also be contacted through their CBR Support Help Desk: 1-800-771-4430 or via email at: cbrsupport@eglobaltech.com.

Thursday, October 15, 2015

POA members meet with Rep. Ryan Costello

Dr. Kevin Rehak, Rep. Ryan Costello, Dr. Yujia Jones, Dr. Lori Gray, Dr. Richard Christoph, Dr. Karen Rule, and Dr. Charles Stuckey met at Dr. Gray's practice to have an informal meeting to discuss optometry and some current national legislative issues.


Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Salus welcomes new students from Qassim University



Salus University recently welcomed eight sixth-year optometry students from Qassim University in Saudi Arabia to its Elkins Park campus. As part of an agreement between the two universities, Qassim students attend lectures, participate in workshops and experience simulated patient encounters at the Salus University campus as part of their clinical curriculum.

For all eight students, this was their first time to the United States. While here they spent time in Philadelphia, New York and Washington D.C. The students believe their time spent at Salus University will give them an early clinical advantage, especially as optometry begins to grow as a profession in Saudi Arabia.

This is the second group of students Salus has welcomed from Qassim. Upon completion of their six years of study and a one-year internship, the students will obtain a Doctor of Optometry degree. Afterward, a majority of them plan in go into private practice.


Pictured from left to right: Abdulsalam Saleh Alyousef, Faisal Ali Alhamamah, Yousef Muneer Alharbi, Mohammad Saleh Aldhbiab, Abdulrahim Huwaydi Almutairi, Abdullah Salem Alharbi, Mohammed Nasir Elbaradei and Abdulmalik Ibrahim Alkharisi.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

ICD-10: one month away!

The October 1st implementation date for ICD-10 is fast approaching. It is not too late to prepare. The AOA has available resources to assist our member doctors in preparing their practices for this major change. Don't be left behind; your claims will not be paid if you are not prepared!

Countdown to ICD-10 Implementation Date

Take these 10 steps to take to maximize the ICD-10 resources the AOA has available and prepare for ICD-10:

1. Order the Critical Resources You Need in Your Office - The AOA’s 2015 Coding Bundle, which includes the 2015 AOA ICD-10 Codes for Optometry Manual, the 2015 AMA Professional Edition CPT Manual and the AOA Express Mapping Card which provides ODs with a crosswalk from ICD-9 to ICD-10 for many commonly used diagnosis codes. Purchase the bundle here.

2. Review AOA’s 10 Part ICD-10 Webinar Series and 2 Hour ICD-10 Overview – This webinar series is available for review at any time. The series covers everything from how to prepare for the transition to ICD-10 to how to code for specific ocular conditions.

3. Check Your Progress – Many of the ICD-10 Webinars include brief quizzes so you can test your knowledge. Access the review material here.

4. Utilize AOA’s Coding Experts – AOA’s coding experts are available to answer your coding questions. Use the online form to contact AOA’s coding experts.

5. Review AOA Focus for ICD-10 FAQs - Each month AOA Focus includes a feature article on a timely coding topic written by AOA’s coding experts. Each article is accompanied by frequently asked questions. From May to October the FAQs are focusing specifically on common ICD-10 questions.

6. Utilize the AOA’s Online Coding Resource – AOACodingToday.com is a no cost, members only, online resource that houses ICD-10 and CPT information. The site allows you to browse ICD-10 codes and provides an ICD-10 crosswalk.

7. Watch for ICD-10 Articles in AOA Publications – Leading up to the implementation date, look for additional information and guidance in AOA’s publications such as AOA Focus, the AOA Alerts Page and the AOA News Page. 

8. Register for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) August 27 call “Countdown to ICD-10.” This call will be held five weeks prior to the ICD-10 implementation on October 1, 2015. A national implementation update will be provided along with coding guidance and tips, and updates from CMS.

9. Use AOA’s Website as a Gateway - AOA’s ICD-10 Resources Page includes links to ICD-10 tools and information from CMS, Medscape and other groups.

10. Contact AOA Staff – AOA’s Associate Director for Coding and Regulatory Policy is available for guidance on resource use and welcomes any suggestions for additional ICD-10 tools and resources doctors of optometry may need. Please contact Kara Webb at kcwebb@aoa.org.