American Academy of Ophthalmology Honors Five Members of Congress for Efforts to Ensure Quality Medical Eye Care | Congressman Ami Bera

American Academy of Ophthalmology Honors Five Members of Congress for Efforts to Ensure Quality Medical Eye Care

Apr 16, 2016
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WASHINGTON -- The American Academy of Ophthalmology is honoring five Members of Congress for their outstanding legislative efforts to advance the quality of eye care available in the United States. The Academy is presenting its 2016 Visionary Awards to Sen. Bill Cassidy, M.D., R-La., and Reps. Phil Roe, M.D., R-Tenn., Paul Tonko, D-N.Y., Raul Ruiz, M.D., D-Calif., and Ami Bera, M.D., D-Calif.

Each year in April, in conjunction with its annual legislative visit to Capitol Hill, the Academy presents the awards to members of Congress who are leaders in supporting issues important to ophthalmologists and their patients. The awards recognize individuals for important efforts to advocate for enhancing and preserving access to quality eye care in the United States [...]

Preserving cost assurance for Medicare patients through bundled prices for surgery  

Rep. Bera led a successful initiative in the U.S. House of Representatives urging house leaders to reverse a decision by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to rescind a new Medicare rule to end global payments for surgical procedures starting in 2017. Ophthalmologists are among the many medical specialists who contend that such a policy will confuse beneficiaries. It will also create an administrative burden for surgeons by unbundling the services that are presently covered for all necessary services before, during, and after a surgical procedure. This legislative fix ensured that patients will continue to know upfront what surgical procedure and post-operative care will cost them, including their out-of-pocket expenses.

"The efforts of these legislators and their tremendous commitment to health care are critical for ensuring that our nation's eye physicians and surgeons can continue to serve our patients." said David W. Parke II, M.D., CEO of the American Academy of Ophthalmology. "The Academy is appreciative of their partnership in helping to enhance quality eye care and ophthalmologists' ability to deliver it in a sustainable manner."

The Academy is the leading voice for the profession of ophthalmology in Washington. The organization takes an active role in working with Congress and government agencies on policy issues that affect how medical and surgical care is provided in the United States.