22 ophthalmology updates

All the ophthalmology news Becker's has covered in the past 30 days:

  1. Intermed Labs at Morgantown, W.Va.-based Mon Health has been awarded a group purchasing agreement for ophthalmology products from Premier Inc., effective July 1. 
  2. University at Buffalo (N.Y.) affiliate UBMD Ophthalmology and Buffalo-based Ira G. Ross Eye Institute are planning to construct a 45,000-square-foot ASC in Orchard Park, N.Y.
  3. About 32 percent of ophthalmologists have seen their income affected by competition in the last year, according to Medscape's 2023 "Ophthalmologist Compensation Report."
  4. Massachusetts Eye and Ear in Boston has agreed to pay over $5.7 million to settle allegations that it violated the False Claims Act.
  5. Ascend Vision Partners is partnering with Central Florida Eye Care in Winterhaven to provide management services for the practice. 
  6. The University of Oklahoma has received a $2 million gift to establish an endowed chair in ophthalmology.
  7. A fourth death was linked to Global Pharma Healthcare's Artificial Tears Lubricant Eye Drops distributed by EzriCare and Delsam Pharma, which were recalled in February following reports of a rare strain of bacteria that causes infection, eye loss and patient death. 
  8. Chelise Firmin, OD, CEO of Tioga Diabetic Optical Laboratories, has partnered with real estate development firm TPP Capital Holdings to bring a state-of-the-art ophthalmic goods manufacturing facility to North Philadelphia neighborhood Nicetown-Tioga. 
  9. A Minnesota judge affirmed a $490 million settlement against ophthalmology distributor Cameron-Ehlen Group and founder Paul Ehlen for alleged False Claims Act violations.
  10. Nottingham, Md.-based Levin Eyecare plans to reopen its Pikesville, Md., location at a new and expanded location.
  11. Ophthalmology management organization OCLI Vision has acquired McMurray, Pa.-based Crossroads Eye Care Associates.
  12. Jason Slakter, MD, an ophthalmologist at Vitreous Retina Macula Consultants of New York in New York City, has become the first physician to administer Syfovre, a treatment for geographic atrophy in patients with dry age-related macular degeneration. 
  13. A new Senate bill in Illinois would prohibit vision care plans from requiring a provider to provide services at a fee set by the vision care plan unless the services are in-network and covered under the plan.
  14. Nvision Eye Centers has acquired San Antonio-based South Texas Ambulatory Surgery Center, located in the South Texas Medical Center.
  15. Members of the Florida House of Representatives voted May 4 to pass a bill that would prevent healthcare providers who are not medical doctors or osteopathic physicians from referring to themselves as "physicians" in interactions with patients and in advertisements.
  16. OCLI Vision, an ophthalmology practice chain backed by management services organization Spectrum Vision Partners, has acquired three practices in New York, expanding its reach in the Northeast.
  17. Bausch + Lomb released its financial report for the first quarter of 2023.
  18. Artificial intelligence chatbot ChatGPT correctly answered less than half of practice questions from ophthalmology board certification examinations.
  19. Conjunctivitis, commonly known as pink eye, may be a symptom of the new strain of COVID-19.
  20. Electronic health records and practice management solution ModMed is celebrating 10 years of providing services for ophthalmology practices. 
  21. Madison, Tenn.-based SouthEast Eye Specialists, SouthEast Eye Surgery Center and the Eye Surgery Center of Chattanooga will pay $17 million to resolve alleged violations of the Anti-Kickback Statute. 
  22. Medical Consulting Group, a consulting company that has developed over 105 ophthalmology ASCs nationwide, has inked a merger agreement with ophthalmology billing, coding and reimbursement provider Corcoran Consulting Group.

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