Visit Booth #116 at ASRS 2019 in Chicago, July 26-30

All USRetina members and vendor partners are welcome and encouraged to stop by booth #116 to hear about the latest GPO offerings and news that may directly impact your practice.

Personally connect with USRetina team members:

Not a USRetina member but interested in learning more? Come by the booth to talk with a USRetina team member and see the difference a high value retina network can make.

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USRetina New Member Spotlight: Q1 2019

USRetina is pleased to announce the newest members to the GPO.   The following member practices have joined our association this past quarter:

  • Lone Star Eye Specialists
  • Berks Eye LASIK
  • Shaaf Eye Center
  • Des Eye Inc (St Louis, MO)
  • Aggarwal Ophthalmology
  • Brazosport Eye Institute (BEI) (Lake Jackson TX)
  • Michigan Retina Center (Dearborn)
  • Pacific Eye & Surgery Center
  • Retina Orange County (Irvine CA)
  • Dallas Retina Center (TX)
  • The Retina Institute of Michigan (Bingham Farms)
  • Stokes Eye Center/ Sumter Eye Center (SC)
  • Shahem Kawji MD Inc (dba Newport Retina and Macular Degeneration Center)
  • Pacific Retina Center (Seattle, WA)
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USRetina Submits Comment Letter To CMS On Behalf Of Our Practices & Patients

Late last year, Health and Human Services (HHS) and The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced several major initiatives focused on lowering drug prices for Medicare and its beneficiaries.  CMS’s plan to modernize the Part D program and Medicare Advantage plans would enable changes to six protected classes in Medicare, allowing fail-first step therapy in MA Plans, and make changes to the definition of “negotiated prices” to increase transparency.

While USR supports the goal of lowering healthcare costs, we believe that one of the proposed rules, if implemented, would harm patients, damage the patient-physician relationships, risk increasing costs, and increase the administrative burden on providers.  In late January, USRetina submitted a formal comment letter to the Center of Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) regarding CMS-4180-P: Proposed Rule Allowing Medicare Advantage Plans To Implement Step Therapy.

Click here to view this letter.

While several Ophthalmology Organizations (American Association of Ophthalmology and American Society of Retinal Surgeons) submitted comments opposing the proposed rule, USRetina felt that these responses did not specifically address the clinical implications to our patients.

Our discussions with senior CMS leaders highlighted the importance of proposing solutions in addition to highlighting the problems.  While our response opposed the proposed rule, we also proposed alternatives that will enable policy makers and political leadership to develop solutions that address the public’s warranted concern over high drug cost while preserving patient safety and enabling retina physicians to provide the most efficacious care.  Most importantly, care which is based on the consent between the physician and the patient that maximize their outcome.

USRetina and our practices passionately support the patient/doctor relationship and the patient’s choice in making their own treatment decisions. These decisions are a collaboration between physician and patient and are grounded in the best interest of patient health, in our case your eyesight.  Please add your voice to ours as we advocate with CMS and the insurance companies for physician/patient rights to determine the best course of care and least risk of progressive loss of sight.
CLICK HERE TO READ THE LETTER
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USRetina New Member Spotlight: Q4 2018

USRetina is pleased to announce the newest members to the GPO.   The following member practices have joined our association this past quarter:

  • Florida Retina & Vitreous Center, PA
  • SETX Eye Specialists
  • Specialty Eye Care
  • Ophthalmic Specialists of Michigan
  • Retina & Vitreous Consultants Of Wisconsin
  • Samuel C Lo, MD, PC (Honolulu)
  • Personalized Eye Care of Naples
  • DeSoto EyeCare
  • HD Retina Eye Center
  • Retinal Consultants of Southern California
  • Jeffrey Y.H. Chung, MD
  • Southwest Retina Eye Center
  • Stephenville Medical and Surgical Clinic
  • Gentile Retina
  • Pinnacle Retina, PLLC (Greensboro NC)
  • American Vision Partners
  • Hilton Head Macula and Retina
  • Gotham Eye Medical, P.C.
  • San Gabriel Retina PC (CA)
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USRetina Members: RSVP Now for Our Annual Meeting in Austin, April 5-7 2019

USRETINA ANNUAL EVENT: ADVANCING COLLABORATION

All USRetina Physician Members and Practice Administrators are invited to join us April 5-7, 2019 at the Austin Four Seasons for USR 2019: ADVANCING COLLABORATION!

Our friends at Austin Retina Associates have graciously volunteered to host next year’s summit at the beautiful Four Seasons Hotel. Your Event Committee, co-Chaired by Jose (Pepe) Martinez, MD, and Alan Kimura, MD, MPH, is hard at work building the program entitled Advancing Collaboration.

If you have interested in joining the fastest-growing association of retina practices in the United States, call 1-844-MY-USRETINA or email support@usretina.com.

USRetina is a kinetic group of retina professionals who have joined forces to help shape the future of retina and make great things happen. Our annual event and gatherings online are created to efficiently and enjoyably facilitate knowledge-sharing and to deliver value to our 1000+ members. Our goal is to bring forward the best from our member contributors while providing timely information, connections, and resources accessible nowhere else.

If you have suggestions, questions, or would like to contribute to next year’s event — please email aball@usretina.com.

SPEAKER & PANELIST INFORMATION:

RSVP & RESERVE YOUR DISCOUNTED ROOMS:
  1. RSVP by completing the registration form —  click here.
  2. Call the Four Seasons Austin at (512) 478-4500 to reserve your discounted room. Request the “USRetina Group.”

All USRetina member practices are urged to send at least one physician and one administrator to contribute and learn at your annual meeting. Registration is free.

CLICK HERE TO BEGIN REGISTRATION

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AAO 2018 is a Wrap! Get the Highlights from USR Here

We experienced record traffic to our booths during retina subspecialty day and the general sessions. The USRetina event team arrived on Wednesday evening, setup on Thursday, exhibited prominently on Friday at retina subspecialty day, hosted a well-attended member’s networking event on Friday evening at City Winery, and continued exhibiting during the general sessions the remaining days of AAO.

Missed us at AAO? Click here to watch our recap video!

Our Friday members’ networking event at City Winery was a big success, and our meetings with GPO partners were extremely productive on behalf of all our members. Stay tuned for announcements that can benefit every USRetina practice. Thank you to everyone who dropped by to say hello and introduce colleagues to USRetina!

Want the highlights? Read our Briefing Packet about the latest advances at USRetina.

The USRetina team members in attendance at AAO:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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USRetina New Member Spotlight: Q3 2018

USRetina is pleased to announce the newest members to the GPO.   The following member practices have joined our association this past quarter:

  • Highland Retina Associates (Terre Haute, IN)
  • University of Maryland-Ophthalmology Services (Baltimore, MD)
  • Eye Partners PC (dba Eye Center South)
  • Vision Care Specialists
  • Retina & Uveitis Consultants of Texas
  • Amirikia Eye Center
  • Eye Site of Tampa Bay
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USRetina New Member Spotlight: Q2 2018

USRetina is pleased to announce the newest members to the GPO.   The following member practices have joined our association this past quarter:

  • North Idaho Eye Institute
  • Community Eyecare Specialists (Warren PA)
  • Retina Specialists of Colorado
  • Coastal Bend Retina
  • South Bay Retina
  • Grassi Retina (Naperville, IL)
  • University Retina Associates (Houston TX)
  • Joseph L. Lin, MD
  • Rocky Mountain Retina Associates
  • Florida Eye Institute (Vero Beach, FL)
  • Diabetic Eye & Macular Disease Specialists LLC (Washington DC)
  • Eye Health Associates of RI, LLC
  • Eye Health Vision Centers
  • Koch Eye Associates
  • Dallas Ft Worth Retina (Ft Worth TX)
  • Virginia Eye Consultants
  • Retina Health Institute, SC
  • Retina Specialists of South Florida (Miami)
  • Alabama Retina (Montgomery)
  • Florida Retina Institute (Jacksonville-Orlando)
  • Premier Retina Specialists (Midland TX)
  • Ocala Eye
  • Wilkinson Eye Center
  • Arlington Eye Physicians, LLC
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Visit Booth #427 at ASRS 2018 in Vancouver, July 20-25

All USRetina members and vendor partners are welcome and encouraged to stop by booth #427 to hear about the latest GPO offerings and news that may directly impact your practice.

Personally connect with USRetina team members:

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USRetina Annual Meeting in Denver, April 20-21 2018

THRIVE WITH USRETINA 2.0: DELIVERING VALUE TO YOUR BOTTOM-LINE

All USRetina Physician Members and Practice Administrators are invited to attend the USRetina Annual Meeting in Denver, April 20-21st, 2018. USRetina has made exciting gains in recent months, and we want to keep you informed about the value we continue to provide for members. The event will take place at the JW Marriott Cherry Creek in Denver, CO, with check-in on Friday, April 20, and meeting 8am-5pm Saturday, April 21st.

RSVP & RESERVE YOUR DISCOUNTED ROOMS:
  1. RSVP by completing the registration form — here.
  2. Click here or call the JW Marriott at 1-866-706-7814 to reserve your discounted room by April 5. Request the “USRetina Group.”

We welcome you and your colleagues to attend and discover the difference a high-value network can make as we work together to improve the future of retina. Stay-tuned for updates on meeting sessions by visiting USRetina.com or logging onto your secure Member Center.

All USRetina member practices are urged to send at least one physician and one administrator to contribute and learn at your annual meeting. Registration is free.

REGISTER NOW FOR THE ANNUAL EVENT

LISTEN NOW TO YOUR PERSONAL INVITATION  

KEYNOTE SPEAKER | JASON HWANG, MD, MBA

Jason Hwang, MD, MBA is an internal medicine physician with deep expertise in health care innovation, both as a thought leader and as an entrepreneur.

Together with Professor Clayton Christensen of Harvard Business School and the late Jerome Grossman of Harvard Kennedy School of Government, Dr. Hwang co-authored The Innovator’s Prescription: A Disruptive Solution for Health Care (McGraw-Hill, January 2009), the American College of Healthcare Executives 2010 Book of the Year and recipient of the 2011 Health Service Journal Circle Prize for Inspiring Innovation.

Dr. Hwang was previously co-founder and chief medical officer of Icebreaker Health (also known as Lemonaid Health), a next-generation telemedicine company based in San Francisco. Prior to that, Dr. Hwang co-founded and was Executive Director of Healthcare at Innosight Institute (now renamed the Clayton Christensen Institute for Disruptive Innovation), a non-profit social innovation think tank. He also taught as chief resident and clinical instructor at the University of California, Irvine, where he received multiple recognitions for his clinical work. He has also served as a clinician with the Southern California Kaiser Permanente Medical Group and the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Long Beach, California.

Dr. Hwang received his B.S. and M.D. from the University of Michigan and his M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.

REGISTER NOW FOR THE ANNUAL EVENT
REGISTER NOW FOR THE ANNUAL EVENT
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