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President's update: March/April 2018

Posted By Chet Seward, Friday, April 13, 2018

Spring is a beautiful time in Colorado as the temperatures climb, trees begin to awaken, and native wildflowers bloom as the snow fades into swelling rivers. It’s a great time to venture outdoors more and experience the expansive beauty of our wonderful state. It is also a crucial time for advocacy for our noble profession and the patients we take care of on a daily basis. The recent news of Anthem’s denial for coverage of monitored anesthesia care (MAC) during cataract surgery is just one glaring example of why we must be vigilant to combat assaults on our ability to safely and effectively care the for the eye health of our patients. 

On a national level, the AAO Mid-Year Forum meeting will take place April 18-21, 2018 in Washington, DC. The pinnacle of this event is the Congressional Advocacy Day where I will join a delegation from CSEPS to meet with our national legislators from Colorado to build support for key ophthalmology issues affecting our field across the country. 

Here in our great state of Colorado, we continue to closely monitoring several relevant legislative measures including the recent signing of HB 1012 by Governor Hickenlooper on March 29. CSEPS helped support this bill which prohibits vision care plans from setting onerous and overreaching requirements on eye care providers. As part of our continuing mission, CSEPS will continue to work through advocacy and lobbying efforts on your behalf to support measures that support your practice and oppose those that work against it. 

Finally, I want to thank everyone that attended our first ever legislative reception on April 12. It was a strong showing on behalf of ophthalmology.

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