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REGISTRATION NOW OPEN

FEBRUARY 26-28, 2015   -   BIG SKY, MONTANA

13 hours of COPE approved Credits Featuring:

Bruce Onofrey, OD, RPh, FAAO, FOGS & Curtis R. Baxstrom, OD

For more information: Brochure

Downhill and Cross-Country Skiing Dinner Sleigh Rides

Snowmobiling/Sno-Coach in Yellowstone Park

Zipline through the Forest Dogsledding & More

 
 
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NEWS UPDATE:

DOCTORS: CDC Offers timely Ebola updates

Concerns continue over infection control protocols after health agencies announced the largest Ebola outbreak in history is expected to worsen and additional U.S. cases are possible.

Doctors should frequently search and reference the CDC website for important updates and health care messages.

The World Health Organization announced Tuesday that upwards of 10,000 new cases per week could grip West Africa by December, this message coming only days after news broke of the first U.S. transmission of the virus to a Texas hospital worker. 

This last case has caused health care workers to seek more information on how to further mitigate risks of contracting the disease that spreads through contact with bodily fluids of an infected person.

While officials contend that a widespread Ebola outbreak across the United States is unlikely, greater awareness about the current Ebola situation and preparedness for all doctors is stressed. Likewise, the AOA encourages doctors to be informed from the most authoritative source on recent protocols and information.

Up-to-date information and resources available
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and other agencies, has compiled critical online resources and databases for all health care professionals to review with the most recent information available on the Ebola situation.

Beth Kneib, O.D., AOA Clinical Resources Group director, recommends that clinicians frequently search and reference the CDC website for important updates and health care messages. Below are several CDC sites with specific material regarding controlling the spread of infectious disease:

 

        Click here to find information about sterilization of vision care instruments, hand washing and other topics for general patient safety.

        Click here for Ebola information relevant to clinicians working in U.S. health care settings, including guidance and recommendations, general disease information and protection protocols.

        Click here to find the latest updates from the CDC regarding the Ebola outbreak and other important infection control messages.

The CDC suggests that practitioners be wary of patients presenting with common Ebola symptoms, in conjunction with a recent travel history to West Africa within 21 days of symptom onset.

Additional resources also can be found at the HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response website by clicking here.

 


OPTOMETRISTS:  DOCTORS ON THE FRONTLINE OF EYE AND VISION CARE
Doctors of optometry (ODs) are the primary health care professionals for the eye.  Optometrists examine, diagnose, treat and manage diseases, injuries, and disorders of the visual system, the eye, and associated structures as well as identify related systemic conditions affecting the eye.


      
Doctors of Optometry and their Education
      Ethics & Values


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The MOA has endorsed Optometric Business Solutions to help offices with customizing their HIPAA Manual.
Visit
http://www.optometricbusinesssolutions.com/ to learn more!

 

 

From the American Optometric Association

AOA Resources Help Members Comply With New HIPAA Rules

HIPAA guidelines are becoming more stringent thanks to recent changes in federal law. September 23, 2013 was the compliance deadline.

New HIPAA Notice of Privacy Practice forms are available from the AOA Marketplace. To order, email orders@aoa.org. Or call the AOA Marketplace at 800-262-2210 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. CDT, Monday through Friday. Include your member number to qualify for a discount. Read more about HIPAA compliance under the new rules on AOA.org.


NOVEMBER 2014 GENERAL ELECTION
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Montana Senate
Montana House of Representatives

For more information on your legislators and upcoming elections, access the My Voter Page or the Secretary of State website.


 





MOA OD KNOWN AS "PAC-MAN"

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Montana OD Dr. Ron Benner answers questions about the importance of PAC contributions and finding candidates who support optometry in AOA Focus article.

 

 

 

 

 


 CONGRATULATIONS!
 
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Larry G. Obie, OD
Havre Optometric Clinic

 

 


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Nicole A. Henriksen, OD
Helena Vision Center

 

 


2014 CODING BOOK NOW AVAILABLE FROM THE AOA MARKETPLACE 
Get a great bargain by taking advantage of your AOA-member discount.  To place an order, visit www.aoa.org/onlinestore (log-in required) or call the AOA Marketplace at 1-800-262-2210 to order by phone. 


 AOA MEMBER BENEFIT
AOA's staff and volunteers handle thousands of questions from members each month, with many of the questions related to medical records, coding insurance contracts, Medicare and other third party issues.  In an effort to provide members with additional resources, AOA has approved the creation of AOACodingToday.com, a web based source of information related to codes and services.  Offices have previously been able to subscribe to this service for $349/year.  AOA members will be able to subscribe at no cost, in recognition of their having renewed their membership.


 CALENDAR OF EVENTS

October 9-12, 2014
Great Western Council of Optometry
Doubletree Hotel-Lloyd Center &
Oregon Convention Center
Portland, Oregon
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July 22-25, 2015
Northern Rockies Optometric Conference

Snow King Lodge

Jackson Hole, WY 
www.nrocmeeting.com

February 26-28, 2015
MOA Winter Ski Conference
Huntley Lodge
Big Sky, Montana

May 4-7, 2016
MOA Annual Educational Conference & Exposition
Hilton Garden Inn
Missoula, Montana

April 29-May 1, 2015
MOA Annual Educational Conference & Exposition
Red Lion Colonial Hotel
Helena, Montana

May 3-5, 2017
Annual Educational Conference & Exposition
Crowne Plaza
Billings, Montana

June 24-28, 2015
Optometry's Meeting
Seattle, Washington
www.optometrysmeeting.org

 





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MONTANA OPTOMETRIC ASSOCIATION
Sue Weingartner, Executive Director
36 S Last Chance Gulch, Suite A, Helena, MT  59601
Phone 406.443.1160 
▪  Fax 406.443.4614
E-mail
sweingartner@rmsmanagement.com








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