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Huge scope victory for Colorado doctors of optometry

Colorado becomes the tenth state—and fourth since 2021—to grant expanded contemporary optometric authority including laser procedures to doctors of optometry. Patients there now have greater access to comprehensive eye and vision care, while trained doctors of optometry can practice at some of the highest levels taught.

AOA escalates concerns to DOJ over Medicare Advantage claim denials

Medicare Advantage Organizations’ denials of prior authorization requests raise flags in HHS report and prompt AOA’s third-party advocacy outreach on behalf of optometry practices.

Regional Advocacy Meetings strengthen states’ advocacy, collaboration

The four regional advocacy meetings across the U.S. this summer and fall look to build upon the profession’s historic statehouse momentum in recent years. Learn how you can get involved.

AOA doctors, students cover Capitol Hill with push for bipartisan bill to curb plan abuses

AOA-led effort builds Congressional support for the DOC Access Act, delivering in-person briefings for members of Congress and strong backing from the American Dental Association and national pro-patient groups.

Fight for Optometry

The AOA is the only advocate for optometry. Discover how you can help optometry keep a seat at the table whenever and wherever health care policy decisions are being made.

AOA and South Carolina doctors expose and defeat retail lobby group’s influence scheme

Already the subject of one complaint to the IRS, the National Association of Optometrists and Opticians (NAOO), a lobbying “front” for large optical retailers, was called out to legislators for deceptive tactics and seeking a self-serving overhaul of patient health and safety standards. The AOA follows up on winning activism of South Carolina doctors with a new push for a federal investigation of NAOO tax exempt status.

1% sequester cut on April 1: AOA urges Congress’ immediate attention on Medicare pay

The first of two Medicare sequester cuts loom on the horizon for doctors’ pay with additional cuts anticipated later this year. How AOA and others are working to avert an impending fiscal cliff.

Virginia gains optometric laser procedures for glaucoma, post-cataract care

Virginia becomes the ninth state—and third since 2021—to expand its optometric scope of practice to include these contemporary procedures.

AOA to CMS: Hold Medicare Advantage plans accountable

In a March 2 letter to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, the AOA urged more action to support patient access to eye health and vision care under Medicare Advantage plans.

1-800 Contacts’ attempt to undermine law thwarted by Georgia doctors yet again

Doctors of optometry repeatedly leverage long relationships to ensure patient safety in delivering eye care and overcoming push by 1-800 Contacts. The lesson: Be proactive and reactive.

AOA, MOA rebuff insurer’s reprisals against Mississippi eye care providers

Mississippi ophthalmologists participating in preceptorships for optometry’s newly authorized YAG laser capsulotomy procedure faced threat of losing malpractice insurance coverage.