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home-mission-imageTo serve the total visual health care needs of the people of the Louisiana through public and professional education, membership services and legislative advocacy. 

Our Goal
To provide the public direct access to ophthalmic care. A non-profit organization, LAEPS member ophthalmologists are medical doctors specializing in the evaluation and treatment of the normal and abnormal eye.

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Louisiana Academy of Eye Physicians and Surgeons Pass Legislation to Help Patients

Patients suffering from eye diseases (especially Glaucoma) had a major win in Louisiana.  Thanks to Senator Luneau and the Louisiana Academy of Eye Physicians and Surgeons (LAEPS), patients who depend on daily eye drops can get an early refill on their medication effective August 1, 2016. Unlike pills, patients often run out of eye drops early. “Glaucoma is a blinding disease that effects up to 10% of our state population. Glaucoma is usually treated with eye drops that need to be instilled inside the eye at least twice daily, if not more, depending on the severity of the disease. It is very difficult to instill eye drops, without missing the eye. It is not uncommon to run out of these drops before the end of the month, especially by the elderly and in infants.” said Dr Ramesh Ayyala, President of LAEPS and Professor of Ophthalmology and Director of Glaucoma Services at Tulane School of Medicine.

 

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A record number of children now have refractive errors, requiring glasses or other intervention to see. Learn about the different kinds of refractive error from myopia to astigmatism in this article by clicking here.



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Academy is disappointed agency omits protections preventing providers from being dropped mid-year

Drawing criticism from the Academy and other health care organizations, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services released its blueprint of policy updates for Medicare Advantage Plans last week. The draft guidance promises patients greater information to make informed decisions about their care and coverage.
 
The agency makes it clear that Medicare Advantage plan providers will be held accountable for accurate provider information on which patients come to rely. As a result, plan providers must now establish and maintain a proactive, structured process that enables patients to access the true availability of practitioners on a timely basis. In addition, they must verify on a quarterly basis if practitioners are accepting new patients and update demographics such as address, phone numbers, and other changes that affect availability.
 
Failure to maintain complete and accurate directories may result in compliance and/or enforcement actions, including financial penalties or enrollment sanctions. These sanctions also apply to plan providers that fail to have a sufficient number of practitioners open and accepting new patients.
 
Disappointingly, the 2016 draft Call Letter fails to protect patients and practitioners from significant network changes after the enrollment period.