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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USRetina New Member Spotlight: Q1 2018

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

  • Illinois Eye Center (Peoria, IL)
  • Retina Associates of Missouri, P.C.(Columbia)
  • The Macular Degeneration Institute, LLC (Odessa FL)
  • Idaho Retina (Boise, ID)
  • Vitreoretinal Specialists, PLC (Grand Blanc, MI)
  • Thompson & Sjaarda, PA (Baltimore, MD)
  • Skyline Vision Clinic (Colorado Springs, CO)
  • Retina Specialists Northwest (Seattle WA)
  • Global Retina Institute
  • Retina Treatment Center (Bradenton, FL)
  • Retina Macula Specialists, PC (Bolingbrook, IL)
  • Retina Associates of Southern Utah
  • Mid Michigan Retina
  • Vitreo Retinal Associates (Shreveport, LA)
  • New Vision Eye Center (Vero Beach FL)
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USRetina New Member Spotlight: Q4 2017

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

  • Garden State Retina Associates (Shrewsbury NJ)
  • Henry W Burnett, MDPA
  • New York Retina Consultants (NYC, NY)
  • Elman Retina Group
  • Macula Retina Vitreous Center (Torrance CA)
  • Comprehensive Retina Consultants (The Villages, FL)
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USRetina New Member Spotlight: Q3 2017

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

  • Prairie Eye and Lasik Center
  • Chesapeake Retina Centers
  • Coastal Eye Surgeons
  • San Antonio Retina Associates, PLLC
  • Stella Douros, MD
  • RGV Retina Specialists
  • Retina Institute of California
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Join USRetina at Galatoire’s Bar 33 in New Orleans

After AAO Retina Subspecialty Day is done and dinner is finished, meet your USRetina colleagues at world-famous Galatoire’s Bar 33 on Bourbon Street for cocktails, small bites and dessert to end your evening.

Reception Information

8-11pm — Friday, Nov 10, 2017

Bar 33 at Galatoire’s Restaurant

209 Bourbon Street, New Orleans

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Visit Booth #17 at AAO in New Orleans, November 10

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

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.

Interested in attending AAO?  Click here to view more information about the event.

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USRetina New Member Spotlight: Q2 2017

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

  • Oregon Eye Consultants (Medford, OR)
  • Retina Associates of Hawaii, Inc (Honolulu, HI)
  • Garland Eye Associates (Garland, TX)
  • Augusta Retina Consultants, Inc (Augusta, GA)
  • Eye Surgeons of Indiana (Indianapolis, IN)
  • Eye Surgeons Associates, PC (Monroe, MI)
  • Eye Physicians and Surgeons, P.A. (Wilmington, DE)
  • Khaled Tawansy, MD (Bakersfield, CA)
  • Milestones Retina Eye Care (Pasadena, CA)
  • Amitabh Bharadwaj, MD (Pinole, CA)
  • California Retina Associates (Chula Vista, CA)
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Post-Election Advocacy Briefing

It is far too soon to know where the dust will settle on many issues impacting our practices. What we can clarify for USRetina members is that no “stop work” directives have been issued to CMS staff as of this publication. In other words, all initiatives underway are still moving forward. However, everyone knows that a key item on President-elect Trump’s agenda is the repeal of the Affordable Care Act or at least the repeal of components of it.

CMMI, its funding, and demonstrations are most definitely in the cross-hairs. The proposed Part B demonstration is a CMMI/Affordable Care Act demonstration. It is still too early to know if the current administration will try to move it through quickly or abandon it.

Importantly, the MACRA initiative or Quality Payment Program is part of a separate piece of legislation to replace the old SGR. Therefore, it is not at risk at this point; however, the rules could be modified under the new administration.

The USRetina advocacy team will continue to keep members updated about our ongoing efforts in the coming days.

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Steve Charles, MD, Awarded the 2016 Retina Research Foundation Award of Merit

Congratulations to USRetina member Steve Charles, MD, FACS, FICS, who was awarded the Retina Research Foundation (RRF) Award of Merit at the Retina Society Annual Meeting in September. This prestigious award is to “recognize outstanding vision scientists whose work contributes to knowledge about the retina and retinal diseases.”

Dr. Charles is the Founder of Charles Retina Institute, and is an internationally-recognized vitreoretinal surgeon, performing over 36,000 retinal surgeries in 25 countries. Dr. Charles has helped shape many of the advancements used today in the treatment of retinal disease.

The mission of the RRF is to reduce the occurrence of retinal blindness worldwide by funding programs in research and education. Since 1978, RRF has selected many world-renowned scientists for the Award of Merit for outstanding achievements in retina research and momentous contributions to new knowledge about the retina or retinal disease.  It is certainly an honor that Dr. Charles is now included among this impressive group of recipients.

To learn more about Dr. Charles and the RRF Award of Merit, click here.

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Dr. Kourous Rezaei of Illinois Retina Associates Moderates International Survey Revealing Global Differences Among Retina Specialists

A recent “global trends” survey, moderated by Dr. Kourous A. Rezaei, ASRS International Affairs Committee Member and retinal physician at Illinois Retina Associates, has revealed significant discrepancies in practice between retina specialists in the United States and those in other regions. The survey gathered responses from over 1,100 retina physicians from a total of 40 medical societies, including the American Society of Retina Specialists.

The results revealed that retina specialists in the United States take a different approach to managing endophthalmities after intravitreal injection, compared with physicians in nearly every other global region.

“This, I think, is a big discrepancy between the U.S. and Europe,” says Dr. Rezaei in a recent article, “and also almost the rest of the world, where most of them do vitrectomy.”

72% of U.S. respondents said they would handle such cases with a tap and inject strategy. In every other region, less than 50% of respondents gave the same response. In most regions, pars plata vitrectomy is the most commonly used treatment strategy.

This wasn’t the only survey question to illustrate a difference between the US and the rest of the world. Another question asked whether visual acuity improves then stabilizes, or improves before declining in patients on long-term VEGF therapy. A majority of US respondents, 64.1%, said that visual acuity stabilized.

“This is the opposite of what the real-world data indicate,” notes Dr. Rezaei. To view the full survey, click here.

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