SEP 2013

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12 EW NEWS & OPINION September 2013 ASCRS continued from page 11 Make your nomination to the ASCRS Ophthalmology Hall of Fame Nominations are now open for the coming year's class for the ASCRS Ophthalmology Hall of Fame. The ASCRS Ophthalmology Hall of Fame recognizes those who have made significant contributions and brought distinction, honor, and excellence to the field of ophthalmology. The 2014 ASCRS Ophthalmology Hall of Fame inductees will have their major contributions honored during the Opening Ceremony of the 2014 ASCRS•ASOA Symposium & Congress in Boston, on Saturday, April 26, 2014. For more information, visit the ASCRS website at www.ascrs.org. ASCRS Foundation's new, expanded Robert Sinskey Eye Institute in Ethiopia officially opens  The ASCRS Foundation's Robert Sinskey Eye Institute opened the doors to its new, expanded facility in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on June 10. The new two-story Sinskey Eye Institute includes three treatment lanes, a double-sized operating room and preop area, recovery room, records room, waiting area, doctors' offices, optical shop, and meeting space. The Sinskey Eye Institute treated more than 13,000 patients at its smaller building in 2012, and, with the new and improved facility, expects to handle a much larger volume during the next year. For more information and a virtual tour of the facility, visit www.ASCRSFoundation.org. 2013 Fall Educational Symposium to highlight latest cornea, eye banking scientific developments The annual Fall Educational Symposium will highlight the latest scientific developments in corneal transplantation and eye banking. Sponsored by the Cornea Society and the Eye Bank Association of America, this one-day symposium is scheduled to take place on Friday, Nov. 15, at the Astor Crowne Plaza Hotel in New Orleans. Call for Papers closed on Sept. 3, but meeting registration is open. For more details, visit www.CorneaSociety.org. House Energy and Commerce Committee passes legislation to repeal and replace the SGR formula Parasol® A PERFECT FIT ODYSSEY MEDICAL + BEAVER VISITEC The Odyssey Parasol® Punctal Occluder is now part of Beaver-Visitec International (BVI), a leader of trusted world ophthalmic brands. Not only is the Parasol® a perfect fit for your dry eye patients, but combining BVI with the outstanding success of the Parasol®, continues the tradition of superior knowledge, products and services. For those of you who depend on a quality product from Odyssey Medical, WELCOME TO BVI. Your new ordering information: 866-906-8080 customersupport@beaver-visitec.com www.odysseymed.com www.beaver-visitec.com On July 31, the House Energy and Commerce Committee unanimously passed legislation that would repeal the flawed sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula and replace it with a Medicare physician pay system based on quality and performance. The bipartisan bill, H.R. 2810, the Medicare Patient Access and Quality Improvement Act, passed the committee with a manager's amendment making technical corrections to the version passed earlier by the Committee's Health Subcommittee. ASCRS and the Alliance of Specialty Medicine have been active participants in the development of this bill over the past few months. ASCRS and the Alliance support the effort to repeal the SGR and are pleased that many of their suggestions have been included in the bill; however, there are still some provisions that ASCRS will continue to advocate be eliminated or modified as the process continues. A summary of the bill's provisions is available at www.ascrs.org. EW Contact information Bryant: abryant@ascrs.org Beaver-Visitec International, Inc. | 411 Waverley Oaks Road Waltham, MA 02452 USA | BVI, BVI Logo and all other trademarks (unless noted otherwise) are property of a Beaver-Visitec International ("BVI") company © 2013 BVI

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