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Time To Celebrate

Posted By MOA Admin, Tuesday, June 4, 2019

During my time on the Board, I have heard from many skeptical colleagues that we could not pass scope expansion and that they had accepted the status quo. But I am here and proud to say that we did pass major scope expansion legislation this year and we accomplished it methodically, strategically, diplomatically, and most important, professionally. This is an exciting time for Maryland Optometry, an opportunity to rebuild the camaraderie of what we all have in common as ODs. The MOA was successful at passing this piece of legislation through the teamwork, tenacity, and belief of its members and supporters. However, there are many other Maryland ODs that possess talents and skills to make the MOA and Maryland Optometry even stronger.

Maryland optometrists will now be able to independently treat open-angle glaucoma, order and perform diagnostic testing, remove foreign bodies from the cornea and conjunctiva without tool and visual axis restrictions, and new topical and oral prescribing authority that doesn't adhere to specific formularies. In addition, the cumbersome QEI (Quality Enhancement and Improvement) Program will be discontinued and allow ODs to focus on the best care of their patients. With these hurdles removed, optometrists can practice true primary care optometry that has been taught in the optometric universities for over 20 years. We will now be able to contribute in best clinical practices like our colleagues across the nation as an integral part of the healthcare system, improving patient outcomes and quality of life. 

With that said, I am excited to help organize the education program for this year's Annual Convention. The new law mandates that every State licensee receive a 10-hour Board Approved continuing education course focused on ocular disease management and pharmacology best practices in order to maintain a therapeutic (TPA) license. The course presented at this year's Convention (Board Approval pending) will showcase lectures from Drs. Sherrol Reynolds, Joseph Pizzimenti, and Carlo Pelino. Not only will the education be top notch, but thanks to the support of key industry partners and a fantastic venue, the 2019 Convention will be one to remember with a Saturday Victory Party celebration at the top of National Harbor! This is the time to support ALL ODs in Maryland and continue to build relationships with each other, industry partners, and legislators.  

 

Bryan M. Rogoff, OD, MBA, CPHM, FAAO
MOA Immediate Past-President

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