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CE into Summer

Posted By MOA Admin, Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Summer is almost officially here! The weather is lovely. What could be better? Here's what -- cruising with friends and colleagues while enjoying great food, drinks and walking away with 3 CE credit hours. Don't miss the boat, REGISTER for the 4th Annual Come Cruise with CMOS CE Meeting TODAY!

 

Registration Now Open

 

 

Calling all Young ODs!

Join the MOA and other new faces in 
Optometry on 
Sunday, June 30 for a 
BBQ, networking 
and fun
- location TBD. 

Contact Dr. Vicky Wong at 
vickywong@marylandoptometry.org for more info.

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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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MOA Membership...Priceless

Posted By MOA Admin, Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Membership is the lifeblood of any successful organization, especially ours. The MOA was able to pass scope expansion legislation during the 2019 MGA Session because of the strength of our membership. Maryland Optometry will grow as a result of this historic victory. Already this year, 12 new members have joined our family. Thank you! I'd like to take this time to acknowledge our new members and ask that you welcome them at future meetings:

Dr. Benjamin Azman Dr. Christina Generie Dr. Maria Nunez-Imholtz
Dr. Julie Cho Dr. Dawn Gill Dr. Purvi Patel
Dr. Sarah Franklin Dr. Phillip Liggins Dr. Cynthia Reynolds-Temple
Dr. Alan Friedman Dr. Christine McKimmie Dr. Eleanor Siri

 

I also want to thank and acknowledge the efforts MOA leadership team members, Dr. Natalie Sukontasup (Membership Chair) and Dr. Heather Atcherson (Young OD Committee Chair). Drs. Sukontasup and Atcherson have been instrumental in the growth of our membership and we cannot thank them enough.

As we continue to grow, it is our goal to represent ALL optometrists in Maryland. We happen to be a diverse State with doctors practicing in every modality. From sub-specialty to corporate to private practice OD, we all deserve to have our voice heard. MOA seeks to advocate for, educate, and connect all of our members in the advancement of Maryland Optometry. We have a slew of upcoming events this summer and fall, and now is the time to become a MOA member. If you are not already take advantage of our 2020 new member package* and get connected today (*some restriction apply, please contact info@marylandoptometry.org for more information).

CLICK HERE to join.



Dean Gordgerchi, O.D.
MOA President-Elect

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We are the MOA

Posted By MOA Admin, Tuesday, May 21, 2019
It may have taken 20 years, but Maryland Optometry is about to enter the 21st century. Although a welcome change, scope expansion will require adaptation to a new environment for us all...including the MOA. As a professional association, it is imperative that MOA "seize the moment" to become a better, stronger, more effective organization. To this end, we plan to dig deep and reevaluate our business model to ensure that we bring the most value possible to members, today and tomorrow. To do this effectively, we need a ROBUST LEADERSHIP, so please get involved. After all Together Everyone Achieves More!

 

 

Speaking of Leadership, please take a moment to vote for, and or nominate, candidates for 2019 MOA Awards. Every nominee this year is more than deserving and you can vote for more than one. However, winners from previous years are ineligible. Only Maryland licensed ODs may vote and the nomination deadline is fast approaching (Sept 1). Show your appreciation for your peers who helped make a difference this year with your vote - it's just a click away. Award winners will be celebrated at our Scope Victory Party at this year's Annual Convention at the Gaylord Resort Conference Center "on top of the world" at the hotel's posh POSE Lounge on Saturday night (FREE ADMISSION for member and non-member OD registrants).

Finally, we have been receiving many questions about the required scope expansion course. Please know that the MOA has plans to offer the course (BOE Approval pending) more than once. All information about future course offerings will be publicized on June 3 after the next BOE Board Meeting. In the meantime, enjoy the beautiful weather.     

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The Value of Paraoptometric Staff

Posted By MOA Admin, Tuesday, May 14, 2019
Maryland's newly expanded Optometry Practice Act will likely cause practices throughout the State to reconsider their practice model. Medical optometry has arrived...and just in time! We continue to see more and more online and retail stores offering self-administered "exams" to patients with no doctor oversight. As practices begin to include more and more medical care into their service menu, the need for highly qualified, well-trained paraoptometric staff will grow. For Dr. Reed, the importance and value of paraoptometric staff is nothing new - their help saved his practice after emergency surgery, preventing a nearly devastating and unforeseen turnover. 
READ FULL STORY HERE

Get ahead of the curve and REGISTER YOUR PARAOPTOMETRIC STAFF today! It's a FREE AOA/MOA member benefit that will provide invaluable staff resources, training and certification (CPO, CPOA, CPOT). For more information about the AOA/MOA Paraoptometric Program, contact Ms. Rosie Lobley-VanZant atphillyfordchick@hotmail.com.

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Did You Know?

Posted By MOA Admin, Tuesday, May 7, 2019

The MOA Annual Convention will provide the mandatory scope expansion course and upcoming e-blasts will explain the impact of new BOE regulations for 2019 and 2020 renewals. 


Please take a few minutes to update your personal information with the MOA. The more up-to-date we keep your records, the better we're able to serve you timely and relevant information. 
Click on the graphic below to fill out the contact form.

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History Has Just Been Made

Posted By MOA Admin, Tuesday, April 30, 2019

 

This morning Governor Larry Horgan signed HB 471 - Health Occupations - Requirements for the Practice of Optometry - Miscellaneous Revisions into law. This is a monumental day for Maryland optometry! The MOA would like to thank all of ourmembers and supporters, we could not have done this without any of you.

Click Here to learn how the new law effects you.


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The Benefits of Membership

Posted By MOA Admin, Tuesday, April 23, 2019

 

 MOA congratulates Past President Andrew Morgenstern, OD, FAAO on his recent induction into the National Academy of Practice (NAP)

 

The NAP is an interprofessional nonprofit organization with membership representing 14
academies of practice. 
NAP fellows are nationally recognized, distinguished practitioners
and scholars, elected by their peers to advise health care policy makers. 
The MOA
congratulates Dr. Morgenstern who is most deserving of this esteemed honor!

Click here to read press release.

 

Membership Has Its Benefits

  • Advocacy - Protecting our profession through continued grassroots efforts
  • Practice Growth - AOA Excel offers cutting-edge business and clinical resources
  • Medical Malpractice Insurance Savings - You might be able to save up to $1,000 annually. Click here for a free quote. 
  • MOA Member Benefits - Save annually in CE Discounts, Credit Card Processing Fees, Disability & Life Insurance, Group Purchasing Discounts, Retirement Planning and Student Loan Refinancing.
  • Free associate membership for paraoptometric staff - provides access to an extensive selection of exam dates, courses, study guides, seminars, lectures and periodical resources.
  • Networking with colleagues - society meetings, social events and public health initiatives

 

Click here to renew your 2019 Membership by 4/30/19! Thank you!!!

Best,
Kevin Johnson (MOA President)

Download File (PDF)

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The Future of Maryland Optometry

Posted By MOA Admin, Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Leadership Summit Convened To Map Out The Future of Maryland Optometry & MO
Dean Gogerdchi, O.D.
President-Elect

This past Sunday, MOA members met with AOA leadership in D.C. to discuss the future of Maryland Optometry in light of pending scope expansion. The discussion, which covered a wide variety and range of topics was extremely productive, but the greatest takeaways for me were the new found energy and excitement that filled the room and the diversity of our meeting attendees, which included leaders of the past, present and future. Together, we strategized about a new "2020 vision" for Maryland Optometry focused on membership growth and engagement. Young ODs will be crucial to our organization's success, so it was great to see a lot of fresh new faces at this strategy meeting.  

Contact Dean Gogerdchi at gogerdchi@gmail.com to learn more about getting involved, and many thanks to meeting attendees including: past and present MOA Presidents (Drs. Rob Stutman, Eliott Klonsky, John Burns and Kevin Johnson), Board Members (Drs. Whitney Fahrman and Alan Glazier) and MOA Leadership/Committee Chairs (Drs. Natalie Sukontasup, Brian Woolf, Corinne Casey, Judy Hu, and Chun Auyueng).

 


       

 
 
Maryland Optometry Storms Capitol Hill
Heather Atcherson, O.D.
Young OD Chair

On Tuesday, April 9 MOA members and optometry students met with State representatives and senators in D.C. to discuss pro-Optometry legislation at the 2019 AOA on Capitol Hill conference. MOA Past President Dr. Bryan Rogoff and I led the Maryland Delegation, joined by our colleagues (Drs. Thomas Azman, Gwen Songwe, Vicky Wong and Jenny Chan) and five optometry students. The optometry students were excited that Maryland Optometry will soon enter the 21st century and were tremendous advocates for the profession during meetings with legislators and staff. All five are interested in practicing in Maryland and will hopefully be able to join us at our Annual Convention in November. They had a great time gaining first-hand experience of the legislative process and learning about the work that goes into creating and passing bills. Many thanks to our Maryland Delegation optometry students: Alexandra, Katherine and Graham (third-year Salus students, Katzen Eye Group externs), Kelly (third-year Salus student, Eye Design Family Eyecare Center extern) and Julie (second-year NECO student). 

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Persistance Pays!

Posted By MOA Admin, Tuesday, April 9, 2019
Did Virginia give up when they lost their No. 1 seed in game one of the N.C.A.A. tournament? NO THE DID NOT! They came back and took it all, winning their first ever NCAA title this year. Almost anything can be accomplished with discipline, determination and persistence...even the modernization of Maryland Optometry!

While everyone was watching the nail-biting Championship game (and their brackets), our scope bill passed through both chambers of the legislature. It now sits on the Governor's desk, waiting to be signed into law. 

Unfortunately, the end of Maryland's legislative "season" was not all positive. Maryland Speaker of the House, the Honorable Michael E. Busch passed away on Sunday. He presided over his chamber for four decades as a FEARSOME, RESPECTED and FAIR leader who will undoubtedly be missed by all. 

Since we cannot know what the future holds, I say, "Carpe Diem!"

 

Jennifer Cohen
Executive Director

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