January 2019


ASCRS member spotlight: Parag Parekh, MD, MPA

by Denise Monasterio ASCRS Marketing and Communications Manager

Parag Parekh, MD

ASCRS is, at its core, a member-led organization. Much of the education, information, and other offerings are developed by anterior segment specialists for anterior segment specialists.
The success of the organization is highly impacted by the continued dedication and volunteerism from the individuals who serve as educators.
Every month, we feature one of these member volunteers. We introduce you to individuals who have contributed to the society’s outstanding education and initiatives, helping our members strengthen their skills and sharpen their expertise, and provide better care to patients.
This month’s spotlight member is Parag Parekh, MD, MPA.
Dr. Parekh has been a member of ASCRS for more than 14 years and has been a regular contributor to the ASCRS•ASOA Annual Meeting, teaching courses and skills transfer labs. He has also been highly active in its government relations activities for many years. In early 2018, he was nominated and confirmed as the chairman of the ASCRS Government Relations Committee. Last summer, Dr. Parekh testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee on behalf of ASCRS and the Alliance of Specialty Medicine and advocated for a continued viable Medicare fee-for-service option. The hearing was titled “MACRA and MIPS: An Update on the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System.” EyeWorld reported on his testimony in the October 2018 issue.
Dr. Parekh serves as an ASCRS representative for the American Medical Association’s Relative Value Update Committee that recommends values for all CPT codes. He also serves on two Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services-appointed technical expert panels charged with developing cost measures for MIPS. He was involved in creating the new cataract surgery episode-based cost measure and was primarily concerned with ensuring that it did not hold ophthalmologists responsible for the cost of care they did not provide.
“It is imperative that we [anterior segment surgeons] stay informed of the legislative and regulatory issues and policies affecting our patients and affecting us professionally,” Dr. Parekh said. “These matters affect our day-to-day practice more than we can imagine.”
Dr. Parekh is the founder of ClearView Eye Consultants, based in State College, Pennsylvania. He earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, and received his medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Philadelphia. Dr. Parekh earned a Master of Public Administration (MPA) at the Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government, Cambridge, Massachusetts. He completed his residency at the Johns Hopkins Wilmer Eye Institute and a fellowship in cataract, refractive, cornea surgery and glaucoma surgery at Minnesota Eye Consultants.
Interested in becoming a volunteer with ASCRS? Visit ascrs.org/volunteer. For more information
on the ASCRS Foundation and Operation Sight, visit ASCRSFoundation.org.
Not a member? Visit ascrs.org/join for full information.

Contact information

: dmonasterio@ascrs.org

ASCRS member spotlight: Parag Parekh, MD, MPA ASCRS member spotlight: Parag Parekh, MD, MPA
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