This program will feature 18 hours of continuing education for optometrists (9 each day). All will be COPE approved. All will also be submitted to the Florida board for approval and to the Texas board for approval
Our courses are presented in a relaxed atmosphere which is informative, interactive, and free of commercial bias. The topics, content, and delivery of our program are carefully selected to reflect the needs of today's practicing optometrist.
***NEW FOR 2014*** This meeting will feature several hands on workshops such as hybrid contact lens fitting and punctal plugs so you can get comfortable with the particular technology. These workshops will be scheduled throughout the weekend and are included with your registration fee.
This program will include the COPE and FL board approved medical errors course and also offer the option of up to 8 hours of TQ (CEE) courses (each 2hour course will cost $25 in addition to the registration fee).
Here are the scheduled topics and speakers (subject to change). Please check our website as we finalize the agenda
Saturday October 11, 2014 ()
COPE Pending - 2hr - Building a Medical Practice: Includes ICD-10 Implementation Meaningful Use Audits HIPAA - How to Avoid and Survive Audits
This seminar details how you can be properly and accurately reimbursed for medical exams. Too many doctors perform medical exams and are only partially reimbursed. This seminar is updated to reflect recent coding changes, new requirements and limitations. There are more significant and difficult changes impacting Eyecare practices this year than in previous years. ICD-10 will be implemented in 2015. ICD-10 is not a logical extension of ICD-9 and is confusing to many practices. Meaningful Use Incentive Payments - Numerous practices have received incentive payments for from CMS. CMS has hired a firm to conduct audits on practices who have received incentive payments. More practices fail an audit than pass. Many recent changes to HIPAA. Most practices are using out of date HIPAA forms.
COPE Pending 3hr - Retina Primer for Optometrists - Jerome Sherman
Real case presentations using the latest available high tech equipment in retinal diagnosis including SD OCT, panoramic ophthalmoscopy with FA, B-scan ultrasonography, PHP, fundus autofluorescence, multi spectral imaging, VEP and mf ERGs. This course also highlights the most effective diagnostic and therapeutic procedures for AMD.
COPE 34101 - GL - 2hr - The Other Glaucomas - Paul Ajamian
This course will feature and honor two pioneers in optometric pharmacology and disease management. This “tribute” will include a look at “the old days”, and how we got to where we are today. Current treatment modalities will be evaluated along with trends for the future
COPE 33789-AS - 1hr -Modern Day Cataract Care - Paul Ajamian
This course will update the practitioner on the latest cataract techniques and co-management requirements, with emphasis on the femtosecond laser as a new instrument that is receiving a lot of press. We will look at the good, the bad and the ugly related to this new modality.
COPE 33898-AS 1hr - My Favorite Cases - Paul Ajamian
This course will review the important bacterial and viral conditions that affect the anterior segment of the eye. It will take some interesting cases seen in one of the nation's largest co-management centers that will help the practitioner provide better care
Sunday October 12, 2014 ()
COPE 36369-CL 1hr Pearls and Gems of Hybrid Lens Fitting - Peggy Achenbach
This presentation will outline the new material and designs available in the area of hybrid contact lenses. Fitting techniques for regular and irregular corneas will be presented in detail. Insertion and removal techniques will be detailed. Best tips for fitting as well as most common challenges and solutions for fitting as well as most common challenges and solutions for fitting hybrid contact lenses will be described
COPE 38162-AS 2hr On Call With Melton-Thomas
Gain a better understanding of challenges encountered during weekend call in the tertiary care environment. This course will discuss treatment strategies and therapeutic agents for a variety of ocular conditions. Relevant drug classes, latest information, clinical application of pharmaceuticals are reviewed.
36282-PS - 1hr - The Flyers Training Plan for Posterior Segment Disease Diagnosis and Management - Melton & Thomas
This course will discuss contemporary concepts in the management of posterior segment conditions encountered by the practicing Optometrist. The state-the-art comprehensive evaluation will be stressed as well as discussion of differential diagnosis and proper management protocols.
COPE 39707-AS 1hr - Eye to Eye: Clinical Pearls - Melton & Thomas
The team will walk the attendee through a special series of topics which will include a discussion of numerous clinical cases as well as therapeutic updates to enhance patient care. These pearls are drawn from a combination of the peer-reviewed professional literature and seasoned with over 60 combined years of intensive patient care
COPE 37298-GL 2hr - Unravel the Secrets of Managing Glaucoma - D Gupta
This course will provide a comprehensive review and update on properly managing patients suspected of having open angle glaucoma. It will include a detailed discussion of risk factors, proper diagnosis, medical and surgical management, and a few billing pearls. The information will be presented through a series of case studies.
COPE pending 2hr - Disease Management: What Went Wrong - D Gupta
This course will describe commonly encountered ocular diseases and their management. The format will be part lecture, part case presentations
Please check back periodically for updates and more detailed information as we develop the agenda
Deepak Gupta, OD, FAAO - COURSE DIRECTOR
Dr. Gupta has written over 150 articles and delivered 150 professional lectures. However, he spends the bulk of his time in private practice where he handles high-volume contact lenses, anterior segment disease, glaucoma, and posterior segment disease. He is founding editor-in-chief of Contemporary Optometry. He is sole author of Glaucoma Diagnosis and Management, published by Lippincott. He was named as “One of America’s Top Optometrists” by the Consumer Research Council in 2004, 2005, 2007, 2009, and 2013. In 2006, he was named as “One of the World’s Leading Health Professionals with a special emphasis in glaucoma and keratoconus.” He is a fellow of the American Academy of Optometry. He is author of "Disease Management for Optometrists" a 24-page booklet on commonly encountered ocular conditions. He is author of a fictional novel, A Passionate Death.
Ron Melton & Randall Thomas, OD, FAAO
They completed their training at the Pennsylvania College of Optometry in 1981. They have attended the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology Course in “Ophthalmic Pathology for Ophthalmologists.” They have been honored as the “Glaucoma Educators of the Year” by the AmericanAcademy of Optometry. The William C. Ezell Award “For the Best Article Based upon a Lecture Given at the Southern Congress of Optometry” was presented to them by the Southern Council of Optometrists. Both are members of the adjunct faculty at the colleges of optometry in Pennsylvania, PacificUniversity, and State University of New York. They have lectured throughout the United States and internationally on the topics of ocular differential diagnosis and medical management of the eye diseases. Together they have authored many articles in the optometric literature, including the annual “Clinical Guide to Ophthalmic Drugs” in Review of Optometry. Drs. Melton and Thomas are full-time clinicians delivering primary and secondary eye care in North Carolina.
Paul Ajamian, OD, FAAO
Dr. Paul Ajamian is Center Director of Omni Eye Services of Atlanta. He is an internationally known lecturer, and serves as an adjunct faculty member for 14 schools and colleges of optometry. He currently serves as General Chairman of the Education Committee for SECO International. He also serves the profession as Chairman of the American Board of Optometry, the organization charged with creating a Board Certification process that will allow Doctors of Optometry to demonstrate lifelong learning. In 1995, Dr. Ajamian was chosen as the "Optometrist of the South" by his peers, and in 2000 was voted one of the ten "Optometrists of the Decade" by Optometric Management magazine. He is a proud Eagle Scout and participates in mission work through his church.
Jerome Sherman, OD, FAAO
Dr. Sherman has published over 650 clinical articles, research manuscripts, book chapters and two CDs. He is senior author of two books to be published in 2007, and has delivered over three thousand lectures both nationally and internationally. He has served as a contributing editor for several optometric magazines. Having graduated from Pennsylvania College of Optometry, he presently holds the position of Distinguished Teaching Professor at State University of New York College of Optometry and the Schnurmacher Institute of Vision Research. Concurrently, he maintains a private practice, The Eye Institute and LaserCenter. Dr. Sherman is a founding member of both the International Foundation for Optic Nerve Disease and the Optometric Retina Society.
Robert Rebello is the founder and President of Nteon Software LLC. He was the original designer and developer of several systems including a patient reporting system, a co-management reporting system and an Electronic Medical Records system. He has been involved in Medical Records and Coding and Reimbursement for both Optometry and Ophthalmology for over 20 years. As a result of this experience he designed a Medical Records system specifically for Optometrists and Ophthalmologists. This system has the most common tests, diagnoses, procedures and examination processes built in to the system. He also keeps up with both National and Regional coding requirements so he can provide information specific to the region where the doctor practices. This is critical information for the practice as which procedures will be reimbursed for a diagnosis, vary significantly from one region to another.
Visiting Disney in October
Kids of all ages will enjoy "mickey's not so scary halloween party". Enjoy tricking or treating at Disney.
Dress up in your favorite costume and collect delicious candy throughout Magic Kingdom park. You’ll soon discover all the boo-tiful ways that the spirits of the season have transformed the park into a happy haunted hallows! Many favorite Disney Characters are dressed in Halloween costumes, too. This Halloween, join Mickey and his friends at the Magic Kingdom for 23 nights of "not so scary" fun at Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party. There will be Halloween fireworks and a specially themed parade. Take advantage of your chance to meet the villains -- one of the few times they are out to meet & greet and sign autographs
Stay at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin
Experience the famous Disney hotels located in the heart of the Walt Disney World® Resort: the award-winning Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort, is a deluxe Disney hotel and your gateway to Central Florida's illustrious theme parks and attractions.
The posh guest rooms have been recently redesigned to include sophisticated décor and popular Heavenly Beds® to comfortably whisk guests away to a good night's rest after a full day of exploring Orlando's premier attractions.
Staying on-site at the Swan and Dolphin enjoy many special Disney benefits (available exclusively for guests staying at Walt Disney World hotels) including:
The Swan and Dolphin are located in between Epcot® and Disney's Hollywood Studios™ and close to Disney's Animal Kingdom® Theme Park and Magic Kingdom® Park. Discover our magical surroundings, superior service, luxurious facilities. Also enjoy the new Mandara Spa, 17 spectacular restaurants and lounges, five pools, a white sand beach, two health clubs, tennis, and nearby golf.
Extra magic hours benefit
Each day one of the four Disney Theme Parks opens an hour early or stays open up to an extra two hours after regular closing for you to enjoy select attractions. (ValidTheme Park ticket and Disney Resort ID required for each adult).
This benefit is exclusive to Disney Resort guests only. Lines for the most popular attractions are drastically shorter allowing you to enjoy more of your favorite rides!
Complimentary Disney Transportation
Even if you have a car at your disposal, it is much faster and much more convenient to use Disney's complimentary scheduled transportation available only to Disney Resort guests. Take a leisurely cruise on Disney’s Friendship Launch to Epcot® and Disney's Hollywood Studios™ or take a Disney shuttle bus to all other areas and Disney resorts within Walt Disney World® Resort. The buses and Friendship launch start running one hour prior to the parks opening each morning and arrive at our hotel every 15 – 20 minutes so you can come and go as you please with very little wait time.The water taxis and buses transport guests right to the entrance of the parks. No additional shuttles are required and no walking through massive parking lots.
Make Dining Reservations in Advance
All of the Disney park restaurants as well as resort restaurants can often fill up quickly and have a long wait time if you do not have a reservation. Having a reserved seating time will save you a lot more time for fun in the parks! Disney dining reservations open 90 days in advance, so be sure to mark your calendar for special seatings you require. Call 407-WDW-DINE to book.
Purchase your Park Tickets in Advance
It is not unusual to find long lines right the entrance to the parks as many people have not purchased their tickets in advance. As a guest of our resort, you can purchase your tickets in the hotel lobbies or online before you head out in the morning.