April 2019


Government Relations sessions highlight key legislative and regulatory topics

by Ellen Stodola EyeWorld Senior Staff Writer/Meetings Editor

Harold Miller, MS

Steve Forbes, MA

This year, the Government Relations symposium will be held on a new day and time, Sunday, May 5, from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. Titled “Is This the End of Fee-for-Service?” it will explore the bipartisan effort to move physicians out of Medicare fee-for-service and into advanced alternative payments models (APMs).
The session will feature two speakers. First, Harold Miller, MS, president and CEO of the Center for Healthcare Quality and Payment Reform, will examine the current efforts to tie physician payment to value. He will lead a panel discussion on possible APMs in ophthalmology, including the challenges, as well as efforts to save money and improve quality.
Next, Steve Forbes, MA, head of Forbes Media, will share his perspective on the move toward value-based payment and how the costs of healthcare affect the U.S. economy.

Other Government Relations sessions

On Sunday, May 5, from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m., the ASCRS FDA Committee is sponsoring the symposium “Communicating and Evaluating Adverse Events Associated with an FDA-Approved Medical Device.” It will spotlight the FDA efforts to ensure the safety and effectiveness of medical technologies used in the U.S. Specifically, it will address the FDA’s process for evaluating adverse events associated with an FDA-approved medical device and those that have been withdrawn from the market. Malvina Eydelman, MD, director of the Division of Ophthalmic and Ear, Nose and Throat Devices at the FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health, will share how ophthalmologists should explain safety issues to patients who have received an FDA-approved device that is associated with adverse events. Stephen Lane, MD, and Jonathan Talamo, MD, will provide an industry perspective and discuss their responsibility in providing information about adverse events associated with a device. Francis Mah, MD, and Douglas Rhee, MD, will discuss their work on evaluating and communicating to ASCRS membership the most recent adverse event associated with an FDA-approved device. Leon Herndon, MD, will discuss a physician’s responsibility to communicate with and monitor patients who have received a device associated with adverse events.
The ASCRS ASOA Health Information Technology Committee’s session will take place on Saturday, May 4, from 2:45 to 3:45 p.m. and will cover “All the EHR Tools You’re Not Using: How to Optimize Clinician EHR Use for Better Care Coordination and Practice Workflow.” It will highlight optimizing clinician EHR use to ensure practices are maximizing the potential of their EHR system. Experts will share tips to improve practice workflow using direct messaging. Speakers will also discuss new ways to engage patients in their health using a web portal.
Nancey McCann, ASCRS director of Government Relations, will give her annual legislative and regulatory affairs update on Saturday from 7:00 to 8:00 a.m., as an ASCRS instructional course, and Saturday from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m., as an ASOA course. Ms. McCann will also present “The Third Year of MIPS – What You Need to Know to be Successful,” an ASOA course, on both Sunday and Monday from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Finally, she will present at the course “Move Toward Value-Based Payment and How it Applies to Technicians & Nurses” as part of the Technicians and Nurses program on Monday from 8:00 to 9:00 a.m.

eyePAC reception

On May 3, the eyePAC reception will take place at the San Diego Zoo from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. This event is open only to U.S. domestic ASCRS members and their guests, and RSVP is required. Contributors at the Congressional Insider Club level ($500) or higher are welcome to attend. Additionally, Young Eye Surgeon (YES) members may bring one guest with a $50 contribution.
The event will take place at Sydney’s Grill, which is located in the Australian Outback/Urban Jungle section of the zoo. Guests can enjoy drinks and light fare after the zoo has closed and will be able to view animals such as giraffes, koalas, rhinos, and more. There will also be private animal presentations during the event for those who want to learn more about the wildlife.

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