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IN OD licenses must be renewed on or before 1 April
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Optometrists (ODs) must renew their Indiana licenses on or before April 1, 2014. Additionally, ODs must meet their biennial continuing education (CE) requirements by this date. CLICK HERE to see the CE :: continue »

Winter Seminar still on for today
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The IOA Winter Seminar will be heldtoday, Feb. 5, as scheduled. However, due to the weather, a full refund will be provided to anyone whocannot attenddue to theweather. No need to contact the Central Office :: continue »

Register today for IOA's Winter Seminar!
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IOA's Winter Seminar will be held on Wednesday, February 5, 2014, at the Ritz Charles in Carmel, IN. The seminar will feature seven hours of optometric continuing education (7 hours IOB / 6 hours Therapeutic). :: continue »

IOA offers practice management course - Nov. 19, 2013
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The federal government is increasing its audits of Medicare providers and significant changes are coming to HIPAA – Are you and your staff prepared? On November 19, 2013, at the Ritz Charles in Carmel, :: continue »

In memoriam: Raymond A. Hopper, Sr. of Peru
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Dr. Raymond A. Hopper, Sr., of Peru passed away on September 20, 2013. He was85 years old. Dr. Hopper practiced Optometry in Peru, Indiana,from 1950 until his retirement in 1998. He was a Life Member of :: continue »

Register today for the Fall Seminar - Oct. 2 & 3, 2013!
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Registration is now available forIOA's Fall Seminar, which will be held on October 2-3, 2013, at the Indiana Memorial Union in Bloomington, IN. This seminar provides 14 hours of COPE-qualified Optometric :: continue »

In Memoriam: Dr. David Sloan, Madison
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David Sloan, OD, of Madison, passed away on September 11, 2013, at the age of 76. He practiced Optometry in Madison, IN, for nearly 50 years and was a longtime member of the IOA, serving three times as :: continue »

In Memoriam: Dr. Stan Tillman, Newburgh
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Stanislaus (Stan) M. Tillman, O.D.,of Newburgh passed away on August 13, 2013, of complications from Multiple Systems Atrophy (MSA). He was 75 years of age. Dr. Tillman practiced Optometry for 50 years before :: continue »

Register today for IOA's Summer Seminar!
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Seven (7) hours of Optometric education will be available on Wednesday, July 17, 2013, at the Ritz Charles in Carmel, IN. All seven (7) hours are COPE-Qualified. Click here for details or to register :: continue »

In memoriam: Dr. P. Thomas Maloney, OD
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June 20th 2013 - Dr. P. Thomas Maloney, of Plainfield, Indiana, passed away on June 7, 2013, at the age of 81. He was a long time member of Indiana OPTOMETRY and was an active participant in Voluntary Optometric Services :: continue »

Indiana OPTOMETRY to be closed on May 30 & 31
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The offices of Indiana OPTOMETRY will be closed on Thursday, May 30, and Friday, May 31, as we move our offices to 10 W. Market Street, Suite 2995, Indianapolis, IN 46204.Phone and internet service will :: continue »

Dr. Jim Haines named "Optometrist of the Year"
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James (Jim) Haines, OD, of Zionsville, was named "Optometrist of the Year" during Indiana OPTOMETRY's 116th Annual Convention in April.The award is presented to a member who has demonstrated not only contributions :: continue »

Dr. L'erin Garner named "Young Optometrist of the Year"
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L'erin Garner, OD, of Tipton was presented with IOA's President's Citation during Indiana OPTOMETRY's convention in April.This award is bestowed upon the member who has demonstrated not only contributions :: continue »

Registration available for IOA's Convention & Seminar
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J. W. Marriott, Indianapolis Registration is now available for Indiana OPTOMETRY's 116th Convention & Seminar. The event will take place April 19 - 21, 2013, at the J.W. Marriott in Indianapolis. National and state experts will provide :: continue »

In memoriam: Ronald W. Wuensch
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Ronald W. WuenschFebruary 24th 2013 - Ronald "Ron" William Wuensch passed away on February 20, 2013, at the age of 78. Ron had served as the executive director of the Indiana Optometric Association for 44 years, before retiring in 2005. Ron :: continue »

Medicare SGR cuts averted; 2% cut still possible
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As part of the legislation dealing with the “fiscal cliff,” Congress eliminated the 26.5% cut in Medicare physician reimbursement rates that were slated to become effective on January 1. While the 26.5% :: continue »

Register today for IOA's Winter Seminar!
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Register today to attend IOA's Winter Seminar on February 6, 2013, at the Ritz Charles in Carmel, IN. This event offers seven (7) hours of COPE-qualified continuing education for Optometrists. All seven :: continue »

In memoriam: Robert E. Gregg, Jr., OD, of Newburg
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Dr. Robert E. Gregg, Jr., of Newburg, Indiana, passed away on November 30, 2012, at the age of 80. Dr. Gregg was an IOA member for 56 years, having served as the association’s president in 1971. He was :: continue »

In memoriam: James J. Wood, OD, of Tell City
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December 3rd 2012 - Dr. James J. Wood of Tell City passed away on November 27, 2012, at the age of 93. Dr. Wood practiced Optometry in Tell City for 29 years and was member of the IOA for 61 years. Dr. Wood was born in :: continue »

Register Today - IOA Fall Seminar - Oct. 3 & 4
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Register today for IOA’s popular Fall Seminar to be held in Bloomington, IN, on October 3 & 4, 2012. This two day event provides 14 quality optometric continuing education hours featuring Optometry's nationally :: continue »

In memoriam: Dr. Robert Murray Roush, Kendallville
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Dr. Robert Murray Roush, formerly of Kendallville, IN, passed away in Columbus, IN, on Friday, July 13, 2012. He was 93 years old.Dr. Roush was born in Jonesboro, IN, and graduated from Marion High School :: continue »

Dr. Roger Haywood named Optometrist of the Year
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May 2nd 2012 - Evansville optometrist Dr. Roger Haywood has been named Indiana’s 2012 Optometrist of the Year. The award was presented by the Indiana Optometric Association at its 115th Annual Spring Convention in Indianapolis :: continue »

Dr. Nicholas Garn named Young Optometrist of the Year
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Dr. Nicholas Garn, Zionsville, has been named the 2012 Young Optometrist of the Year. The Young Optometrist of the Year award is presented to a member licensed ten years or less and who has demonstrated :: continue »

In memoriam - Dr. Irvin M. Borish
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Dr. Irvin Max Borish, OD, passed away on March 3, 2012, in Florida after a brief illness. He celebrated his 99th birthday in January. Dr. Borish opened a practice in Kokomo, Indiana, in 1944 and was on :: continue »

Register today for IOA's Convention & CE Seminar!
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University Place Hotel - Photo courtesy of Indiana University IOA’s 115th Annual Convention and Seminar will be held April 27 – 29, 2012 in Indianapolis. This two and a half day seminar offers 17 hours of COPE-qualified continuing education for Optometrists and 6 :: continue »

In Memoriam - Paul P. Bither, O.D., Indianapolis
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Dr. Paul P. Bither, 57, died on February 1, 2012, after a battle with esophageal cancer. Paul was born in Houlton, Maine, and moved to Indianapolis in 1981, where he lived for the remainder of his life. :: continue »

Deadline to renew OD licenses is April 1
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The deadline for renewing your optometry license and legend drug certificate is April 1, 2012. Failure to renew on time will result in late fees being imposed. More importantly, it is illegal to practice :: continue »

Indiana legislature looks at eye pain
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A measure is being considered by the Indiana House of Representatives to allow Optometrists to prescribe, dispense or administer controlled substances for pain caused by an injury or condition of the eye. :: continue »

Register today for IOA's 2012 Winter Seminar!
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On-Line registration is now available for IOA's Winter Seminar, which will be held on February 8, 2012, at the Ritz Charles in Carmel, IN. This seminar offers 7 hours of optometric continuing education :: continue »

Beware of Illegal Decorative Contact Lenses
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October 13th 2011 - People who wear decorative contact lenses without medical guidance or without a valid prescription are at risk for ocular inflammation, bacterial infection or mechanical damage to the eye, with the potential :: continue »

WRTV-6 News runs story on Medicaid's vision care cuts
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Copy and past the web address below or clickon the "read more" link below and then click on the link to see the story or to watch the video: http://www.theindychannel.com/health/29029581/detail.html :: continue »

Register today for IOA's Fall Seminar - Oct. 5-6, 2011!
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IOA's annual Fall Seminar will take place on October 5th and 6th at the Indiana Memorial Union in Bloomington, Indiana. 14 optometric continuing education hours will be offered at this event. Many of the :: continue »

Protect your eyes from UV rays this summer
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Q: Why is it important to protect your eyes during the summer? A: Americans tend to take the necessary precautions to protect their skin from the sun, but don’t make as much of an effort to protect their :: continue »

Register today for IOA's July Seminar!
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IOA's July 2011 Optometric Education Seminar will be held on Wednesday, July 20, 2011, at the Ritz Charles in Carmel, Indiana. Seven COPE-Qualified/IOB/Therapeutic hours are offered. Click on this link :: continue »

Hoosiers will suffer under new Medicaid cuts
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The statistics are daunting: nearly half a million Hoosiers have diabetes and another quarter milliongo undiagnosed. Diabetes is the leading cause of blindness in adults and each year thousands lose their :: continue »

Dr. Laura Windsor named AOA Young Optometrist of the Year
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June 17th 2011 - Dr. Laura K. Windsor of Hartford City, Indiana, was named "Young Optometrist of the Year" by the American Optometric Association on June 16, 2011. Dr. Windsor was recognized for her many accomplishments :: continue »

In memoriam: Dr. John J. Ueding, Jeffersonville
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John J. Ueding, O.D., of Jeffersonville, passed away on Wednesday, May 25, 2011, at the age of 69. Dr. Ueding practiced Optometry in Clarksville and was a member if the Indiana Optometric Association for :: continue »

IOA honors Optometric leaders
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May 3rd 2011 - Optometrist of the Year – Dr. James E. Hunter Dr. Hunter has served Optometry for over 30 years and has been a driving force in the State of Indiana for defining parameters in the scope of practice. :: continue »

In memoriam: Dr. Charles Comer, East Chicago
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Dr. Charles Comer, age 73 of East Chicago, passed away Sunday, March 6, 2011. Dr. Comer was the first African-American Optometrist in East Chicago where he practiced Optometry for 44 years. He received :: continue »

IOA's 114th Convention - April 29 - May 1, 2011
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CLICK HERE FOR COMPLETE DETAILS OR TO REGISTER ON-LINE 15 Hour of OD Continuing Education 7 Hour of Paraoptometric Education (CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS) Exhibit Show and Buffet Lunch President's :: continue »

Indiana seeks input on state-based health insurance exchange
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In accordance with Governor Daniels’ Executive Order issued Jan. 14, 2011, which calls for the conditional establishment of a healthcare Exchange as a not-for-profit entity, the State will seek stakeholder :: continue »

Early rate for Pharmacology Seminar ends on January 28
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Be sure to register for the February 9th IOA Pharmacology Seminar before January 29 to receive the discounted rate! Lodging at the Renaissance should be booked before January 29 to qualify for the hotel's :: continue »

Communications veteran joins the IOA staff
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Hoosier native and longtime journalist Marilyn Carter is joining the central office staff of the Indiana Optometric Association as Director of Communications and Marketing. Most recently Ms. Carter :: continue »

In memoriam: Dr. Albert B. Stroud, Indianapolis
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Albert B. Stroud, O.D., age 86, passed away January 9, 2011 in Marco Island, FL. He was born June 8, 1924 in Indianapolis and practiced on the north side of the city until his retirement in 1989. Dr. :: continue »

In memoriam: Dr. R. Lewis Scott, Hartford City
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Dr. R. Lewis Scott UPDATE: Services for Dr. Scott will be held starting at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, January 21, at the Waters Funeral Home which is located at 501 W. Washington Street, Hartford City, IN. Visitation will occur :: continue »

In memoriam: Dr. Charles E. Rinehart, Crown Point
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Dr. Charles E. Rinehart, age 76, of Crown Point, IN, passed away on Friday, December 17, 2010. He was a Life Member of the IOA.Dr. Rinehart was born August 26, 1934 in New Castle, IN. He attended Indiana :: continue »

Congress acts to avert 2011 Medicare reimbursement rate cut
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On December 8th the US House of Representatives approved a US Senate measure that will avert a 25 percentcut in Medicare physician reimbursement rates that were scheduled for 2011. The legislation will :: continue »

Congress exempts health care providers from red flags rule
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Congress passed a measurethat willexempt specific types of businesses - including optometric practices - from having to comply with the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) burdensome Red Flags Rule.The legislation :: continue »

AOA/IOA/local optometric society dues notices are in the mail: Payments may be made on-line
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Within the next few days, members will be receiving their annual dues notices for the AOA and the IOA. Note that this year's notices are a little different because they also include local society dues. :: continue »

Medicare again holds off on PECOS ordering/referring deadline
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Medicare is again holding off on plans to reject claims for health care products or services ordered by health care practitioners who have not enrolled as Medicare providers through the government health :: continue »

Direct dial-up modem service for Medicare claim submission to end
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In mid-November, Medicare providers were notified that the submission of claims via computer modem (direct dial-up)would be phased out. The phase out began on December 1 as National Government Services :: continue »

Medicare claims must be filed within one year from date of service
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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is reminding Medicare Fee-For-Service physicians, providers and suppliers submitting claims to Medicare for payment,as a result of the Patient Protection :: continue »

Congress acts to delay 2010 medicare cuts
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On November 29, the US House of Representatives approved a Senate measure to delay cuts to the Medicare physician reimbursement formula from December 1 until December 31, 2010. The measure now awaits the :: continue »

Medicaid to change certain coverages, including vision care
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November 19th 2010 - Indiana Medicaid published its intent to enact emergency rules to reduce or change coverages for vision, dental, chiropractic and podiatric services as well as inpatient hospital care. The proposedemergency :: continue »

Free Health Care Reform Webinar
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September 30th 2010 - EMR Logic has teamed up with Kowa to bring optometrists from around the country an educational webinar on the impact of health care reform. Most all IOA members know about the stimulus money, but few :: continue »

Joseph Bonanno Named Dean of IU School of Optometry
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Dr. Bonanno (photo courtesy of Indiana University)September 21st 2010 - INDIANAPOLIS -- IUPUI Chancellor Charles R. Bantz today announced the selection of Indiana University School of Optometry Associate Dean and Professor Dr. Joseph A. Bonanno as dean of that school, pending :: continue »

Indiana Optometric Association Fall Seminar
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August 12th 2010 - Itmay behard to believe,given how hotit is these days, but soon the weather will shift, the leaves will change, andthe city of Bloomington will play host to the largest annual gathering of Indiana optometrists. That's :: continue »

Order your IOA EMR manual on-line!
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The IOA Electronic Medical Records Manual, Optometric Electronic Medical Records: A Step by Step Guide to Implementation, is now available. This is a manual written FOR OPTOMETRISTS, BY OPTOMETRISTS. :: continue »

Is Your Child Ready for School?
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July 27th 2010 - Many experts believe that approximately 80% of learning comes through vision. Therefore, one of the most important things a parent can do to help their children succeed in school this year is to take them :: continue »

Consumer Alert: The Dangers of
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July 12th 2010 - AOA RAISES AWARENESS OF DANGEROUS ILLEGAL CONTACT LENSES Decorative contact lenses are increasing popular among young consumers. With the growing interest in these “circle lenses,” colored plano and prescription :: continue »

IOA Sends Greetings to Lt. Col. Jim Zieba
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June 17th 2010 - Attendees of the IOA's Annual Convention send a video message to Executive Director Jim Zieba, currently serving his country overseas in Afghanistan. :: continue »

2010 IOA Summer Seminar and EHR Preparedness Program. Register Now!
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2010 IOA Summer Seminar Every summer, the Indiana Optometric Associationstrives to provide its members and other interested optometrists with a Summer Seminar that covers relevant, contemporary topics :: continue »

House Approves Modified Medicare Fee Fix Bill: Optometrists Advised to Hold Claims
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June 1st 2010 - WASHINGTON, D.C.--Over the course of the last week, lawmakers have been working to bring legislation to the floor of the U.S. House and Senate that would prevent the June 1 enactment of a massive 21 percent :: continue »

Red Flags Delay
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May 31st 2010 - WASHINGTON, D.C.-- Facing mounting pressure from AOA and others, the Federal Trade Commission(FTC) has announced today that it will once again postpone enforcement of the Red Flags Rule, this time through :: continue »

IU School of Optometry Honors Dr. Gerald and Mrs. Andrya Lowther
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May 6th 2010 - INDIANAPOLIS - Donors and volunteers who have contributed to excellence in a school or program at IUPUI were honored at the 21st annual IUPUI Spirit of Philanthropy Luncheon and Awards ceremony. In honoring :: continue »

Congress Retroactively Reverses Massive Medicare Payment Cut
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April 20th 2010 - Congress has approved an AOA-backed bill that would retroactively reverse a massive cut in Medicare payments to optometrists and other physicians. The 21 percent cut was scheduled to take effect Apr. 1; :: continue »

The 113th Annual IOA Convention: A HUGE SUCCESS!
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April 19th 2010 - Over 150 O.D.'s and 50 paraoptometrics descended upon the Indianapolis Marriott Downtown in the heart of Indianapolis this past weekend to take part in the Indiana Optometric Association's 113th Annual :: continue »

IOA/AOA Advocacy Scores Major Victory for Optometry
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AOA WINSHISTORIC PATIENT ACCESS VICTORY FOR OPTOMETRY IN NATIONAL HEALTH CARE BATTLE Final Bill Includes First Federal Provider Non-Discrimination Standardto TargetExclusionary ERISA Plans, DesignatesChildren's :: continue »

UPDATE: CMS Delays PECOS Deadline to January 3, 2011
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The U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is delaying until January 3, 2011, implementation of a controversial, new payment policy that will effectively require all health care practitioners :: continue »

Register Now for the IOA Pharmacology Seminar- February 10, 2010
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Sign up today for the Indiana Optometric Association's Pharmacology Seminar to be held on February 10, 2010 at the Ritz Charles in Carmel, Indiana. Click here to register :: continue »

Details of the IOA Pharmacology Seminar
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By law, Indiana licensed optometrists who hold an optometric legend drug certificate are required to complete a total of forty (40) hours of continuing education before the April 1, 2010 renewal deadline. Twenty :: continue »

IHCP Announces Expanded Polycarbonate Lense Coverage Will Not Go Into Effect
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Indiana Health Coverage Programs (IHCP) has announced the following: Provider Bulletin BT200916, released on May 29, 2009, indicated that a change in coverage of Polycarbonate Lenses would take effect :: continue »

Red Flags Rule Delayed Again
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The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has announced an additional enforcement delay of the ‘Red Flags’ identity theft rule. At the request of pro-optometry Members of Congress, the agency has extended the :: continue »

DMEPOS Surety Bond Requirement - Update
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SURETY BOND UPDATE FROM THE AOA: Despite strong objections by AOA, on Oct. 2 the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) reiterated its questionable position that a physician who supplies eyeglasses :: continue »

Indiana Optometric Association Fall Seminar, October 7 & 8, 2009
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Register today for the IOA Fall Seminar to be held on the campus of Indiana University on October 7 and 8, 2009. Earn up to 12 hours of continuing education credit. Click here for more information :: continue »

FTC Again Delays Enforcement of Red Flags Rule
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FTC Announces Expanded Business Education Campaign on 'Red Flags' Rule To assist small businesses and other entities, the Federal Trade Commission staff will redouble its efforts to educate them about :: continue »

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IOA's Formulary Seminar - July 15, 2009Earn 7 hours of COPE-approved OLDPAC credit by attending IOA's Formulary Seminar on July 15, 2009. The event will begin at 8:00 a.m. (continental breakfast & registration) :: continue »

ODs, Optometry Students Storm Capitol Hill
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Hundreds of ODs, Optometry Students Storm Capitol Hill as AOA Launches Largest Federal Advocacy Campaign Ever More than 500 ODs and Students Carry Optometry’s Pro-access, Pro-Patient Message Directly :: continue »

Scam Alert
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The following information was issued by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and AOA wants members to know about this scam. CMS has become aware of a scam where perpetrators are sending :: continue »

Dr. Ed Marshall inducted into National Optometry Hall of Fame
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Indiana's Edwin Marshall, OD, MPH, was inducted into the National Optometry Hall of Fame on Friday, June 26, 2009, at the AOA Optometry's Meeting® in Washington, D.C.Dr. Marshall is a past-president of :: continue »

Governor signs Plano Contact Lens Bill into law
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Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels signed a measure into law on April 30th thatwill make the dispensing of contact lenses, including zero-powered lenses, without a valid and current prescription a violation :: continue »

No DME surety bond required for most ODs
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Last year the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) published a regulation designed to regulate vendors who sell durable medical equipment (DME) to Medicare patients. The rule sought to require :: continue »

Dr. Marjorie J. Knotts named 2009 Optometrist of the Year
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Indianapolisoptometrist Marjorie J. Knotts, OD., has been named the Indiana Optometric Association’s 2009 Optometrist of the Year. Dr. Knotts, a Connersville native, was given this honor at the IOA’s 112th :: continue »

Drs. Van Winkle and Embry recognized for distinguished service
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Two optometrists were awarded IOA’s Distinguished Service Award during the IOA’s 112th Annual Spring Convention held April 17-19 in French Lick, Indiana. Jim Van Winkle, O.D., of Bluffton, and Stacey :: continue »

US declares public health emergency over swine flu
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The US Department of Homeland Security announced a public emergency over the spread of the swine influenza A virus. As of the morning of April 26, twenty cases had been diagnosed in the United States. :: continue »

FTC to announce delay in implementation of Red Flags Rule
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The AOA is reporting that the Federal Trade Commission will delay enforcement of the "Red Flags Rule," an identity theft regulation directed at creditors. As currently drafted, the rule would apply to :: continue »

Dr. Brian Ross - Young OD of the Year
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Terre Haute Optometrist Brian Ross, O.D., was awarded the Indiana Optometric Association’s President Citation award during the IOA’s 112th Annual Spring Convention held April 17-19 in French Lick, Indiana. The :: continue »

IOA House of Delegates votes to oppose JBCPT's board certification framework
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April 23rd 2009 - April 22, 2009 Dear Colleagues, On April 17, 2009, the Indiana Optometric Association (IOA) House of Delegates passed a resolution opposing the Joint Board Certification Project Team’s (JBCPT’s) :: continue »

Dr. Richard Schamerloh becomes IOA President
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Bluffton optometrist Richard J. Schamerloh, O.D., F.A.A.O., will lead the Indiana Optometric Association over the course of the next year. Since 1993, Dr. Schamerloh has been a partner with Eyecare Associates :: continue »

Over 200 optometrists attend IOA's annual convention
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Over 200 optometrists attended IOA’s 112th Annual Convention on April 17-19, 2009, in French Lick, Indiana.The impressive facility combined with excellent seminars and great weather made for a perfect :: continue »

IOA adopts position on proposed framework for board certification in general optometry
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On April 17, 2009, the IOA House of Delegates voted to oppose the Joint Board Certification Project Team’s (JBCPT) proposed framework for board certification in general optometry. While IOA members voiced :: continue »

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Interested in playing golf at French Lick on April 16? Click Here! Hotel rooms are going fast for the IOA's 2009 convention. While the French Lick Springs Hotel tells some callers that it is now fully :: continue »

In memoriam: Dr. Gardner H. Abner, Logansport
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Gardner H. Abner, O.D., of Logansport, passed away on March 25, 2009, at the age of 86. Dr. Abner obtained his Doctorate of Optometry degree from the Illinois College of Optometry and practiced optometry :: continue »

IOA's new paraoptometric education program begins on April 18th at French Lick, Indiana
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CLICK HERE FORDETAILS OR TO REGISTER ON-LINE! Be a part of the unveiling of the Indiana Optometric Association’s new and improved Paraoptometric Education Program that will be launched on April 18 at :: continue »

AOA publishes on-line audio presentations on optometric board certification initiative
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The American Optometric Association (AOA) has published two short on-line presentations, with audio, concerning the proposed establishment of a board certification process for optometry. The AOA House :: continue »

On-line registration now available for IOA's 2009 Convention!
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CLICK HERE FOR INFORMATION OR TO REGISTER ON-LINE! Register today to attend the IOA's 112th Annual Convention in French Lick, Indiana! Beautifully restored to its historic luster in 2006, the French :: continue »

IOA/AOA dues may be paid on-line
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Dues invoices for 2009 were recently sent to IOA members. If you wish to pay your IOA/AOA dues on-line, please click here. If you wish to pay your dues in 10 monthly installments using your credit card, :: continue »

IOA Convention - French Lick - April 17-19, 2009
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Free teleconferences on E/M coding to be offered
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National Government Services (NGS) will offer a new series of teleconferences on its Evaluation and Management Services to all Part B providers in NGS service areas free of charge. Using examples :: continue »

Decorative Halloween contact lenses can permanently damage eyes if not properly fitted
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With Halloween approaching, the American Optometric Association (AOA) and the Indiana Optometric Association (IOA) are warning consumers about the risks of wearing decorative contact lenses without a prescription :: continue »

FTC delays new requirement which could affect OD practices
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TheU.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) will not enforce until May 2009 a new Federal requirement that financial institutions and creditors, possibly including optometrists and other healthcare providers, :: continue »

IOA's Fall Seminar - I.U. Memorial Union - October 8 - 9
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SINGLE DAY REGISTRATION AVAILABLE Click here for details and/or to register on-line! :: continue »

Medicare publishes billing edits to reduce payment errors
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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced that, beginning October 1, 2008, it will publish most of the edits utilized in its Medically Unlikely Edit (MUE) program to improve the accuracy of :: continue »

In memoriam: State Senator Marvin Riegsecker
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State Senator Marvin Riegsecker State Senator Marvin Riegsecker, the 2008 receipient of IOA's Outstanding Service in the Public Interest Award, passed away on September30 at the age of 71. Sen. Riegsecker :: continue »

In memoriam: Dr. Edward E. Miller, Noblesville
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Edward Eugene Miller, O.D., of Noblesville, passed away on September 26, 2008, at the age of 75. Dr. Miller obtained his Doctorate of Optometry from Indiana University in 1958 and practiced optometry inTerre :: continue »

AOA seminar to focus on buying/selling a practice
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Inaugural session scheduled for Oct. 1 in Cleveland, OH The American Optometric Associationwill conduct a new seminar entitled: AOA Practice Transitions-Strategies for Making Them Happen. The seminar :: continue »

In memoriam - Dr. James Raymond Nolan, New Albany
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James Raymond Nolan, O.D., passed away on September 2, 2008, at the age of 86. Dr. Nolan was a longtime member of the IOA who practiced optometry in New Albany, Indiana, from 1949 until his retirement :: continue »

CMS reverses course on DMEPOS accreditation requirement
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According to the AOA, CMS officials have notified the National Supplier Clearinghouse (NSC) that “new” durable medical equipment, prosthetics, orthotics, and supplies (DMEPOS) supplier applications from :: continue »

IOA's membership growth recognized
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The American Optometric Association recently recognized the IOA for having the best net membership growth in 2007 among state optometric associations having between 451 and 1000 members. This achievement :: continue »

Congress overrides veto; Medicare fix bill becomes law
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CMS Notice: According to CMS, providers of services provided since July 1 will begin to receive the update 0.5% reimbursement rates on or before July 26, 2009. Medicare contractors are currently :: continue »

President to veto Medicare fix today; Veto override appears likely
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President George Bush is expected to veto H.R. 6331 today, July 15. The measure was passed by Congress on July 9th and seeks to reverse the Medicare physician reimbursement rate cut that went into effect :: continue »

Senate passes Medicare reimbursement fix
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The United States Senate passed H.R. 6331 on Wednesday, July 9th. H.R. 6331 is an important measure which will reverse the 10.6% cut in "physician" reimbursement rates and provide a slight .5% increase :: continue »

US Senate vote on Medicare cuts imminent
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PLEASE URGE SENATOR RICHARD LUGAR AND SENATOR EVAN BAYH TO VOTE YES ON H.R. 6331!! H.R. 6331 is a measure which would avert the 10.6% "physician" reimbursment cut and extend the .5% update through :: continue »

IOA's new mailing address
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TheIOA has a new mailing address for all written correspondence. The new address is: Indiana Optometric Association 251 N. Illinois Street, Suite 980 Indianapolis, IN 46204 All other contact information :: continue »

US Senate fails to avert Medicare reimbursement cuts
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A procedural motion to move H.R. 6331 to a vote failed in the US Senate by one vote on June 26. HR 6331 is a measure to avert a 10.6 percent cut in Medicare "physician" reimbursement rates on July 1 and :: continue »

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Doctors on the Frontline of Eye & Vision Care ^ Click on the arrow above to play video :: continue »

Register today for IOA's Level I - Paraoptometric Certification Course
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On-line registration is available for IOA's Level I Paraoptometric Certification Course to be held on July 16, 2008. The course, Contact Lenses I, will be taught by Dean Gerald Lowther, O.D., at the Ritz :: continue »

What's an optometrist?
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Doctors on the Frontline of Eye & Vision Care ^ Click on the arrow above to play video Doctors of optometry (ODs) are primary health care professionals for the eye. Optometrists examine, diagnose, :: continue »

Sen. Riegsecker honored by the IOA
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State Senator Marvin Riegsecker The Indiana Optometric Association has named Senator Marvin Riegsecker the recipient of its Outstanding Service in the Public Interest Award. The award was announced :: continue »

Dr. David Weigel named Optometrist of the Year
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David J. Weigel, O.D., of Greensburg, was named the Indiana Optometric Association’s 2008 Optometrist of the Year at the organization’s 111th Annual Convention held April 25-27 in Indianapolis. The :: continue »

IOA Officers & Board of Trustees
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During the general membership meeting at the IOA Annual Convention, the following officers were elected to serve until April 2009: President: Walter Egenmaier, O.D., Evansville President-Elect: Rich :: continue »

Dr. Walt Egenmaier elected IOA President
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Walter H. Egenmaier, O.D. Evansville resident Walter H. Egenmaier, O.D., was elected president of the Indiana Optometric Association during the organization’s 111th Annual Convention held April 25-27 in Indianapolis. “It is :: continue »

Dr. Walt Egenmaier elected IOA President
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President Walt Egenmaier, O.D. Evansville resident Walter H. Egenmaier, O.D., was elected president of the Indiana Optometric Association during the organization’s 111th Annual Convention held April 25-27 in Indianapolis. “It is :: continue »

IOA Convention 2009 - French Lick, Indiana
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SAVE THE DATE: IOA's 2009 Annual Convention will be held in French Lick, Indiana from April 17 to 19, 2009! Click here for information on the historic host hotels: French Lick Springs Hotel (lobby pictured) :: continue »

IOA's Annual Convention - April 25 - 27, 2008
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CLICK HERE FOR INFORMATION OR TO REGISTER ON-LINE TODAY! ON-SITE REGISTRATION AVAILABLE! IOA's 2008 Annual Convention will be held April 25-27 at the Indianapolis Sheraton Hotel & Suites at Keystone :: continue »

Congress hears from the IOA
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Members of the IOA visited the Capitol in Washington on April 8th and 9th to meet with Indiana’s delegation to Congress and share the views and concerns of Indiana optometrists.Among the issues discussed :: continue »

April 1 is deadline to renew all Indiana OD licenses
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If you hold a license to practice optometry in the State of Indiana, you must renew your license before April 1, 2008. Indiana licenses are valid for a two-year period and expire on even-numbered years. :: continue »

In memoriam: Dr. David E. Laycock
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David E. Laycock, O.D., 75, of Carmel, passed away on February 4, 2008. Dr. Laycock was a Life Member of the IOA and a 1957 graduate of Indiana University. He practiced optometry in Carmel from 1958 until :: continue »

Early detection critical to treating glaucoma, preventing blindness
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How sight is affected by glaucoma Early detection is critical to maintain healthy vision. With almost two-thirds of adult Americans, who do not wear corrective lenses, not receiving regular comprehensive eye exams, millions of people are :: continue »

In memoriam: Robert E. Godfrey, O.D.
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Robert E. Godfrey, O.D., 84, of Indianapolis, passed away on December 8, 2007. Dr. Godfrey was an Indiana optometrist for 45 years and was a life member of the IOA. He served in the Signal Corps of the :: continue »

Register today for IOA's 2008 Winter Seminar!
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The IOA will hold its annual ocular pharmacology seminar on February 6, 2008, at the Ritz Charles in Carmel. This program will provide 7 hours of OLDPAC/therapeutic continuing education credits for optometrists :: continue »

IOA's Paraoptometric Level I Certification courses available in 2008
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The IOA will offer its Level 1 Paraoptometric Certification courses in 2008. The first set of courses (Ophthalmic Dispensing I and Ophthalmic Lenses I) will take place on February 6, 2008, in conjunction :: continue »

New survey shows few Americans taking care of their most valued sense: Eyesight
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Bad habits are hard to break when it comes to eye health. A new survey from the American Optometric Association (AOA) shows that Americans are continuing to practice poor eye care – despite the fact that :: continue »

In Memoriam: Dr. Elvan G. Whiteleather
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Elvan G. “Whitey” Whiteleather, O.D., 89, passed away in Laguna Woods, California, of complications from diabetes on October 23, 2007. Dr. Whiteleather served as President of the IOA from 1964-65, received :: continue »

No Tricks, No Treats: FTC Warns Halloween Consumers that Even Cosmetic Contact Lenses Require Prescriptions
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Planning to cap off your Halloween costume with a pair of cat-eye contact lenses? The Federal Trade Commission wants you to know that all contacts -- even those that are cosmetic or theatrical -- require :: continue »

Non-prescription Halloween contact lenses could damage your eyes
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The American Optometric Association (AOA) is warning consumers about the risks of wearing decorative contact lenses without a prescription. These non-corrective lenses are easily accessible to consumers :: continue »

The latest on CMS tamper-resistant RX form requirement
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UPDATE: On Saturday, September 29, President Bush signed into law a measure that delays the implementation of aCMS directive that all non-electronic Medicaid outpatient prescriptions be written on tamper-resistant :: continue »

Medicaid corrects certain vision HCPCS reimbursement rates
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Note: AllIndiana Medicaid Banners and Bulletins can be accessed free of charge fromthis webpage. Simplyclick on your choice under the "Indiana Medicaid" banner on the leftside of this website to access :: continue »

Medicaid fixes nursing facility care error
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Vision Code Set Reprocessing The IHCP will reprocess and mass adjust professional claims that were denied with edit 1012, Rendering provider specialty not eligible to render this procedure code for CPT®1 :: continue »

What are Indiana's CE requirements?
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Optometry licenses expire on April 1 of all even-numbered years. Twenty hours of approved continuing education courses are required for license renewal. If you are also seeking to renew an Optometric Legend :: continue »

IOA encourages participation in PQRI
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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) began the Physicians Quality Reporting Initiative (PQRI) on July 1, 2007.Under this initiative, eligible professionals who successfully report a designated :: continue »

Recent change in minimum wage law requires updating workplace posters
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With an increase in the federal minimum wage which began on July 24, it's important for members to check their US Department of Labor and Indiana Department of Workforce Development posters to ensure they :: continue »

Ed Marshall named AOA Optometrist of the Year
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The American Optometric Association has named Edwin C. Marshall, O.D., MPH, of Bloomington, Indiana, its 2007 Optometrist of the Year. The award, which celebrates its 40th anniversary this year, recognizes :: continue »

AMO voluntarily recalls Complete MoisturePlus Multi Purpose Solution
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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is alerting health care professionals and their patients who wear soft contact lenses about a voluntary recall of Complete MoisturePlus Multi Purpose Solution :: continue »

NPI deadline arrives
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At this point, any covered entity that is noncompliant, and has not implemented a contingency plan, is at risk for enforcement action. Members are encouraged to also use their legacy identifiers on each :: continue »

Use of NPI becomes mandatory
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Click here to apply for an NPI on-lineClick here forCenters for Medicaid & Medicare Services (CMS)information & fact sheets on NPI Click herefor a CMS NPI "Tip Sheet" Healthcare providers participating :: continue »

Dr. Alan Roush - 2007 Optometrist of the Year
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R. Alan Roush O.D. of Kendallville, Indiana, was named “2007 Optometrist of the Year” by the Indiana Optometric Association. Dr. Roush was chosen by his peers in optometry for his extensive work in civic :: continue »

Dr. Steve Hitzeman becomes IOA President
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Steve Hitzeman, O.D. Dr. Steven A. Hitzeman became President of the Indiana Optometric Association on April 21. He replaced Dr. Stacey Embry who became IOA's Immediate Past President. Dr. Hitzeman received his Doctor of :: continue »

CMS quality reporting program to begin
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Link to eye care specific Pay for Perfomance - PQRI Information On December 20, 2006 the President signed the Tax Relief and Health Care Act of 2006 (TRHCA). Section 101 under Title I authorizes the :: continue »

H.B. 1349 dies in Indiana Senate
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House Bill 1349 died in the Indiana Senate on April 11, 2007. Details can be found in the "members-only" section of this site under the "House Bill 1349" banner (click on "Final Status - Details"). HB :: continue »

Senate committee amends and passes HB 1349
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Members are encouraged to log-on to the members-only section of this website for additional information on HB 1349. House Bill (H.B.) 1349 passed out of the Senate Health and Provider Services Committee :: continue »

Register today for IOA's Convention & C.E.!
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ODs: Click here for details or to register on-line! Paraoptometrics: Click here to register for Level II Certification on-line! Assistants: Click here to register for assistants education on-line! IOA's :: continue »

In memoriam: Dr. Paul E. VanArsdall
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Paul E. VanArsdall, O.D., aged 90, passed away in Columbus, Indiana, on April 1. A graduate of Northern Illinois College of Optometry and member of the IOA since 1941, he practiced in the Columbus area :: continue »

Effort to repeal Indiana's Any Willing Provider Statute thwarted
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The IOA joined other healthcare provider groups to successfully thwart legislation that sought to restrict patient access to healthcare providers of their choice. Rep. Mike Ripley, R-Monroe, filed an amendment :: continue »

Senate committee hears HB 1349; Bill remains viable
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Members:Logon to the members-only sectionand see whatyou can doto help pass this very important bill! The Indiana Senate Health and Provider Services Committee spent almost an hour and a half on March :: continue »

Senate committee to hear H.B. 1349
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Members: Please logon to the members-only section of this website and see whatyou can doto help pass this very important bill! The Senate Health & Provider Services Committee is scheduled to hear House :: continue »

ODs acceptable medical sources for Social Security disability determinations
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Effective April 2, 2007, optometrists will be able to determine disability and blindness for the U.S. Social Security Administration (SSA). For additional information on the new federal rule, click here. :: continue »

Indiana Medicaid rates face 5% cut
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Family and Social Services Agency Secretary (FSSA) Mitch Roob published a notice of hisintention to reduce Medicaid reimbursement rates to be paid to healthcare providers by five percent (5%). The notice :: continue »

In memoriam: Dr. Doug Hopkins
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Douglas W. Hopkins, O.D., aged 51, passed away on Friday, March 9, 2007. Dr. Hopkins practiced optometry on the northeast side of Indianapolis. He obtained his Doctor of Optometry degree fromthe Michigan :: continue »

Limited voluntary recall issued for Bausch & Lomb ReNu MultiPlus ® Solution
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On March 6th Bausch & Lombintiated a limited voluntary recall of 12 lots of ReNu MultiPlus lens care solution made at its plant in Greenville, SC, because they contain an elevated level of trace iron. :: continue »

National Provider Identifier (NPI) use mandatory after May 23, 2007; Apply for you NPI on-line!
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Click here to apply for an NPI on-lineClick here for aCenters for Medicaid & Medicare Services (CMS) fact sheet on NPI Healthcare providers participating in Medicare may only use NPI on Medicare claims :: continue »

Indiana House passes H.B. 1349; Bill moves to Senate
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Members: Click here for details! A billseeking to allow Indiana optometrists to prescribe Schedule III analgesics for eye pain passedout oftheIndiana House of Representatives on February 8 by a vote :: continue »

Controversal contact lens legislation withdrawn
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House Bill 1234 was withdrawn from consideration by the Indiana House of Representatives on February 6. The measure sought to force contact lens manufacturers to do business with "alternative measures :: continue »

Register on-line for IOA's February seminars!
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REGISTER ON-LINE TODAY! Ocular Pharmacology Seminar On-Line Registration Level 2 - Paraoptometric Certification Program On-Line RegistrationOcular Pharmacology Seminar: Register on-lineand attend IOA's :: continue »

Indiana legislature convenes
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Schedule III analgesic prescriptive authority sought for ODs   Indiana's General Assembly convened on January 8, 2007, for what will be a long legislative session.   The legislature must adjourn on or :: continue »

Glaucoma takes sight without warning—How to protect yourself
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How glaucoma can affect sight A quick trip to your optometrist may not only be sight-saving but potentially life-saving.  Optometrists can evaluate the health of your eyes and clarity of vision and they can also detect chronic and :: continue »

ALCON issues recall for Systane® Free Liquid Gel
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Alcon Laboratories, Inc., a subsidiary of Alcon, Inc., announced on December 14th a voluntary recall of Systane® Free LIQUID GEL lubricant eye drops. This product is distributed only in the United States, :: continue »

Congress acts to avoid one Medicare reimbursement cut; A second cut still looks likely
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Congress acted to avert a 5.1% cut in Medicare payments to healthcare providers shortly before adjourning for the year on December 9.  By passing the “Tax Relief and Health Care Act of 2006,” the US House :: continue »

Daniels announces plan to cover uninsured
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Governor Mitch Daniels UPDATE: Senate Bill 503 will allow funds remaining in an enrollee's POWER Account at the end of the enrollment year to be used for vision care. On November 17th Governor Mitch Danielsunveiled his proposed :: continue »

Dr. Doug Morrow appointed to serve on IOB
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Douglas C. Morrow, O.D., of Auburn has been appointed by Gov. Mitch Daniels to serve on the six-member Indiana Optometry Board (IOB).  Dr. Morrow replaces Dr. Jorge Benavente of Munster whose term expired :: continue »

BE SURE TO VOTE TODAY!
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Polls in 91 of Indiana's 92 counties will be open until 6:00 p.m.  Delaware County polls will remain open until 8:40 p.m. due to problems with voting machines in that county this morning. :: continue »

FDA says buying decorative contact lenses without a prescription is dangerous
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Decorative Contact Lenses The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is again warning consumers about the serious risks of using decorative contact lenses distributed without appropriate involvement by an eye care professional. These :: continue »

Indiana sales tax issues arise
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Click here to obtain a Form ST-105 (General Sales Tax Exemption Form)Click here to obtain a TID (tax identification number) if you do not already have oneTwo separate issues concerning Indiana sales tax :: continue »

Sign up on-line today for IOA's Fall Seminar!
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IOA's Fall Seminar will take place in Bloomington in the Indiana Memorial Union on October 4 and 5.  13 hours of continuing education will be provided.    Register before Sept. 15th! Register before :: continue »

Governor appoints new members to the IOB
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Governor Mitch Daniels recently appointed four optometrists to serve on the six-member Indiana Optometry Board (IOB).  New appointees to the Board are: Carl Golightly, O.D., Michigan CityJames Hunter, :: continue »

Hydrogel Vision Corp. to stop selling Extreme H2O® lenses in Utah after passage of special interest legislation
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Hydrogel Vision Corp., manufacturer of Extreme H2O® disposable soft contact lenses, announced in July that it will stop doing business in the State of Utah.  This decision by Hydrogel Vision was taken :: continue »

IU School of Optometry opens new clinic in Mexico
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GUANAJUATO, Mexico -- The Indiana University School of Optometry's Centro de Rehabilitación Visual, located between Silao and Guanajuato in Mexico, moved this month into a new, $1 million facility designated :: continue »

Bill filed in Congress to help school-aged kids receive vital vision care
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Congress will have the opportunity to consider legislation supported by the nation’s frontline providers of eye and vision care aimed at making it a national priority to combat undiagnosed and untreated :: continue »

Congress currently considering 3 bills of interest to optometry
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Legislative efforts are underway in Washington that could impact the practice of optometry. For details on these efforts, please sign on to the "members-only" section of this site and click on the "Federal :: continue »

Fireworks injury reporting mandatory again
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Click here to report firework/pyrotechnic injuries to ISDH on-line.   Indiana State Health Commissioner Judith Monroe, M.D., recently published a new form for reporting injuries caused by fireworks or :: continue »

FTC sends warning letters to cosmetic contact lens marketers
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The Federal Trade Commission staff took action earlier this week to increase compliance with the Contact Lens Rule by sellers of non-corrective, decorative/cosmetic contact lenses. In 2003, Congress enacted :: continue »

O.D.'s treatment gives woman normal stereovision
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On June 26, National Public Radio ran a story about a woman whose ability to see in stereo was made possible by Massachusetts optometrist Dr. Teresa Ruggiero.  The woman, Susan Barry, was born cross-eyed :: continue »

Register on-line for IOA's July formulary and paraoptometric seminars today!
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IOA's Formulary Seminar will be held on July 12 and 13 at the Ritz Charles in Carmel, Indiana.  The seminar will feature nationally recognized experts in their fields and provide 12 hours of C.E. credit :: continue »

Latest information on Fusarium keratitis
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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is continuing its investigation on the multi-state outbreak of Fusarium keratitis that may be associated with contact lens use.  As of May 12, 2006, :: continue »

IOB CE hours reduced; OLDPAC meets for last time
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Indiana Gov't Center, Inpls. May 17th witnessed the last meeting of the Indiana Optometric Legend Drug Prescription Advisory Committee (OLDPAC) and the passage of an Indiana Optometry Board (IOB) rule reducing the number of IOB hours :: continue »

Bausch & Lomb permanently removes MoisterLoc ® from market
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Bausch & Lomb announced on May 15 that the company will permanently remove MoistureLoc® from world markets.  The product will not be reintroduced to the public.  ReNue ® with MoistureLoc® has been linked :: continue »

S. 1955 stalls in US Senate
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In what amounts to a victory for optometrists and their patients, S. 1955 stalled in the US Senate on May 11.  The Senate Republican leadership, which pushed the measure, needed 60 votes to end debate :: continue »

In memoriam: Dr. Eli B. Hendrix, Jr.
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Eli B. Hendrix, Jr., O.D., age 83, passed away on Friday, June 9, 2006.  Dr. Hendrix practiced at the same location in Vincennes, Indiana, for 52 years.   Among his many accomplishments, Dr. Hendrix :: continue »

Latest information on Fusarium Keratitis
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Suspected cases of Fursarium infections increaseAs of May 9, 2006, the CDC has received reports of 106 confirmed cases of fungal keratitis, 12 possible cases and 80 cases still under investigation from :: continue »

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May 10th 2006 - A National Institutes of Health (NIH) study has found that although 94 percent of Americans aged 12 and older have good vision, the remaining six percent, or 14 million, are visually impaired. Of these, :: continue »

IOA members carry O.D. message to Congress
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Three IOA members recently volunteered their time to carry optometry’s message to the Indiana delegation of Congress. Drs. David Cripe of Goshen, Gary Coburn of Rockville and Carl Golightly of Michigan :: continue »

Dr. Stacey Embry becomes IOA President
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Click here to see photos from the IOA's 109th Annual Convention. Evansville optometrist Stacey Embry, O.D., became president of the Indiana Optometric Association (IOA) on April 29 during the IOA’s 109th :: continue »

Edwin C. Marshall - 2006 O.D. of the Year
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Dr. Edwin C. Marshall of Bloomington was named IOA’s 2006 O.D. of the Year on April 29.  Dr. Marshall was chosen by his peers for his dedicated work in the area of public health.  Dr. Marshall is a professor :: continue »

IOA House of Delegates elects leaders, conducts business
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Click here to see convention photos. Delegates representing IOA members from throughout Indiana participated in the IOA House of Delegates meeting on April 28.  The House of Delegates is the primary governing :: continue »

US Senate to consider measure seeking to eliminate patient insurance protections
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An insurance industry-backed measure seeking to eliminate patient insurance protections is expected to be considered by the full U.S. Senate during the first week of May.  The measure, S. 1955, seeks to :: continue »

IOA convention to include COPE-approved CE
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This year’s IOA Annual Convention will feature 14 hours of optometric continuing education (C.E.) from nationally known presenters such as Murray Fingeret, O.D., Walter West, O.D., William Jones, O.D., :: continue »

FSSA holds meetings on future of Medicaid and coverage of Indiana’s uninsured
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Indiana’s Family and Social Services Agency (FSSA) has been holding meetings throughout the state to obtain public input on a proposal to redesign Indiana’s Medicaid program and possibly extend coverage :: continue »

In Memorium: Kenneth Ossip, O.D.
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Kenneth Ossip, O.D., 81, formerly of Indianapolis, IN, passed away on April 16 in Poway, California, after battling Mesothelimoa.  Dr. Ossip was a life member of the IOA and had received an IOA Distinguished :: continue »

Asian eye fungus appears in US; Contact lens precautions urged
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US health officials report a recent outbreak of severe corneal infections linked to Fusarium Keratitis, an Asian eye fungus which recently appeared in 17 states, including New York, New Jersey, Florida :: continue »

Indiana legislature adjourns
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Indiana's StatehouseMarch 15th 2006 - The Indiana General Assembly adjourned sine die on March 14. Among bills passed by the legislature this session were measures to eliminate OLDPAC and to reestablish the reporting of injuries resulting :: continue »

IOA members reappointed to AOA panels
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Four members of the IOA were recently reappointed to serve on American Optometric Association panels by incoming AOA President Thomas Crooks, O.D.  The appointees are:Steven Hitzeman, O.D., Bloomington :: continue »

Student resume's now on-line
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Are you looking to add an O.D. to your practice?  Check out IOA's Student Resumes Section in the "members-only" portion of this website! :: continue »

4.4% Medicare cut reversed by Congress
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President Bush signed a measure into law on February 8 that overturns the 4.4 percent cut in Medicare payments which took effect on January 1.  The measure was given a retroactive effective date of January :: continue »

National Provider Identifier (NPI) phase-In begins
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Mandated by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996, the National Provider Identifier (NPI) is a 10-digit healthcare provider identifier that will replace other identifiers which :: continue »

In Memoriam
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Chester H. Curry, O.D., 82, of Fort Wayne, Indiana, passed away at his home on January 25, 2006. Dr. Curry was a life member and the 1978 Optometrist of the Year of the Indiana Optometric Association. :: continue »

FDA Issues Alert on Rosiglitazone
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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently posted an alert concerning rosiglitazone. Rosiglitazone is used in Avandia ® and Avandament ®. The alert notifies healthcare professionals of post-marketing :: continue »

Contact Brand Restriction Bill Dies
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January 27th 2006 - House Bill 1308 is dead for the 2006 session of the Indiana General Assembly.  The IOA-opposed measure sought to restrict contact lens brands that could be prescribed for Indiana patients.  The measure :: continue »

Follow What's Happening in the Statehouse
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Legislation is being considered that could impact the way you practice!  If you're an IOA member, you can sign up today and receive regular updates on legislation of importance to you and the profession.  :: continue »

Court Decision Impacts Malpractice Act
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Indiana's Supreme Court published an opinion on December 30th which further erodes a key component of Indiana's Medical Malpractice Act. Watch for details in the "members-only" section of this site! :: continue »