With potentially thousands of AOA OD members enrolling their staff later this year for the Jan. 1 launch of the new Paraoptometric Resource Center, the AOA Paraoptometric Section encourages all AOA OD members to go through the following checklist now. Read the rest of this entry ?
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The Paraoptometric Skill Builder® online training program, one of many education tools offered by the AOA Paraoptometric Section (PS), now offers staff training for seasoned optometric staff with the release of the Advanced Level 3 program. Read the rest of this entry ?
The recently passed AOA bylaws changes open AOA membership to paraoptometrics and expand access to educational benefits beginning Jan. 1, 2014, all at no additional cost to AOA-member doctors or staff. Registering staff as AOA members is a top way to recognize the value optometric staff bring to practices across the country. With Sept. 15-22 designated as Paraoptometric Recognition Week, current AOA Paraoptometric Section (PS) officers reflect on the bylaws change. Read the rest of this entry ?
The Paraoptometric Skill Builder® online training program, one of many education tools offered by the AOA Paraoptometric Section, now offers staff training for seasoned optometric staff with the release of the Advanced Level 3 program. Read the rest of this entry ?
The AOA Paraoptometric Group announced the highlighting of paraoptometrics as a Feature Profession by the Health Professions Network (HPN). Read the rest of this entry ?
The National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) granted re-accreditation to the Commission on Paraoptometric Certification (CPC) for four certification programs. Read the rest of this entry ?
Coding and claim errors are an area of mounting concern for optometric practices, as they can affect the practice’s bottom line. Optometric office staff can help avoid needless reimbursement delays and audits by training to become a Certified Paraoptometric Coder™ (CPOC) through the Commission on Paraoptometric Certification (CPC).
The CPC’s CPOC Candidate Handbook, CPOC Study Map and other recently developed materials are available to assist office staff, according to Amy Kraemer, CPOT, chair of the CPOC Examination Development Committee. Read the rest of this entry ?
Many practitioners may question the return on investment on providing training and education to their staff. The AOA Paraoptometric Section offers optometrists other considerations when looking to improve their staff along with their practice. Read the rest of this entry ?
The AOA is seeking new Paraoptometric Section Council members for 2013-2014. All applicants must submit their Intent to Run forms by April 1, 2013.
“We need the help of paraoptometrics with a personal goal to be part of the team and the vision of this organization,” said Paraoptometric Council Chair Beverly Roberts, CPOT. “Remember that a winning team is made up of individuals all with the same goal and purpose in mind. We are the team that helps paraoptometrics make a positive difference in the lives of their patients. Now is the time for you to join the winning team.” Read the rest of this entry ?
With changes in health care reform, more practices recognize they must delegate more tasks to their optometric staff. Front-desk staff may be assigned some of the billing and coding tasks, and assistants and technicians may be crossed-trained to learn duties traditionally performed by opticians.
Successful optometric practices are allocating not only additional budget funding for staff training, but additional staff hours for training in these new areas. Read the rest of this entry ?