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Membership Benefits

1) Sponsoring continuing medical education and scientific programs

  • Seven monthly programs which bring in excellent speakers from throughout the country
  • Category 1 CME credit
  • Contributing to valuable and critical scientific research through the Minnesota Eye Injury Registry


2) Acting as an up-to-date resource on socioeconomic, legislative and regulatory affairs pertaining to ophthalmic care in Minnesota

  • Appointing congressional key contacts
  • Researching a statewide buying program to help reduce practice expense for all members


3) Providing a state wide communications network through our newsletter, and special correspondence

  • Eyes on Ophthalmology published monthly from September through April keeps members informed of issues of importance in Minnesota ophthalmology
  • Bi-Annual Membership Directory


4) Representing Minnesota ophthalmologists in state government affairs

  • Monitoring all Senate and House Health Care Committee meetings
  • Tracking all legislation relevant to our members
  • Building coalitions with the MMA and other physician specialty groups to support pro-physician legislation and policy
  • Meeting with all members of the House and Senate Health Committee to present MAO’s position


5) Working with third party payors on reimbursement

  • Counteracted Blue Cross/Blue Shield’s restrictions on billing for comprehensive eye examinations
  • Assisted MetraHealth in reworking it’s cataract policy and YAG capsulotomy policy
  • Co-sponsoring CPT coding seminars


6) Educating the public of the benefits of ophthalmic care

  • Publicizing the AARP’s 55 Alive driving program for seniors
  • Sponsoring National Eye Care Month billboards
  • Consulting on a Newton’s Apple vision segment
  • Co-sponsoring a glaucoma screening at Juneteenth
  • Assisting the general public on information on eye care
  • Sponsoring Diabetes 2000 and Glaucoma 2001 professional and public education programs


7) Representing Minnesota's interests at the MMA's House of Delegates

  • Passing a resolution defining laser as surgery and therefore the purview of physicians


8) Offering you the opportunity for involvement and influence in the future of ophthalmology in Minnesota