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Congress’ Medicare vision efforts fizzle, 10% pay cuts still loom

November 22, 2021

A Medicare vision benefit expansion was cut from the Build Back Better Act, but now advocates shift focus to avoiding nearly 10% cuts to Medicare reimbursement on Jan. 1, 2022. Read More >

By the book: How to obtain hospital privileges

November 22, 2021

Adding optometry to the list of hospital outpatient services and inpatient consults not only realizes the high level of contemporary, optometric medical eye care doctors of optometry provide, but also leverages’ communities primary eye care providers in a way that is mutually beneficial for patients, hospitals and doctors. Read More >

3 tips for an eye-healthy Thanksgiving feast

November 22, 2021

Vitamins, nutrients in these holiday foods could benefit eye health. Read More >

Guidance for Face Masks in Optometry

Currently, there is state, local, and federal guidance related to face masks and vaccination status. When determining your office mask policies, COA members should review all three (summarized below). 

Local: In Colorado, counties are allowed to implement regulations at the local level. Please consult your local public health agency for any existing local mandates and orders.  

State: On 5/31/21, Governor Polis issued an amended Public Health Order. As more individuals are vaccinated, this order further reduced restrictions for individuals, businesses and activities. Please review section IA(f) on pages 2-3: 

1. Face coverings are required for certain individuals, age twelve (12) and older, in the following settings:  

f. Unvaccinated or not fully vaccinated patients, visitors, and personnel in emergency medical and other healthcare settings (including hospitals, ambulatory surgical centers, urgent care centers, clinics, doctors' offices, and non-urgent care medical structures).   

The COA is also still referencing the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA) COVID-19 guidance for their licensees (issued 5/22/21). Their guidance stressed: As allowed under state law, owners, operators, and managers of any business or service may, at their discretion, continue to require individuals entering or within their locations to wear face coverings or show proof of full vaccination.  

Federal: the CDC still recommends health care personnel (HPC) wear face masks at all times while they are in the health care facility, fully vaccinated HPC can dine and socialize together in break rooms and conduct in- person meetings without source control or physical distancing. If unvaccinated HCP are present, everyone should wear source control and unvaccinated HCP should physically distance from others.


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DMOS End of Year Dinner and CE

December 14, 2021 3:00 PM-3:00 PM

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