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 President's Message

34th Annual Scientific Meeting
June 9 - 10, 2017
Wintergreen Resort
Wintergreen, VA

Dear Colleagues,

It is with the highest regard for you and our profession that I urge you today, to join us for the first time or to renew your membership to the Virginia Society of Eye Physicians and Surgeons. As your President, along with our dedicated and capable Board of Directors, it is our intent to welcome you, engage you, inform you and enlist all of our very talented and capable ophthalmologists across this state to JOIN VSEPS in our crusade to lead from the front on healthcare reform on a national, state and local level.  To do so, we need your full engagement! Here’s how to reap the rewards of membership!

Advocacy:  Your participation is critical to our future and our mission to lead from the front.  This means your active support and membership in VSEPS, your fiscal investment in Ophthpac contributions which helps us shape national payment reforms, Surgery by Surgeons contributions to ensure surgery is done by those with the highest level of education and training, and your generous contribution to our State EyePac which give us a presence and a voice on every piece of legislation on the agenda of Capitol Hill in Richmond.  We made significant strides in COPN reform and we are currently taking the lead to introduce statewide reform of DMV reporting requirements for visually impaired drivers to keep our pedestrians, cyclists and drivers safe.   We are also keeping a watchful eye on pharmacy compounding regulations at both at the federal and state levels.  We are always happy to introduce you to your legislators. The Fall is a great time to establish these connections. VSEPS welcomes all members to join us every January on Capitol Hill for White Coats on Call Day. We’d love to see you at the Mid-year Forum: Join us in April 2017 in Washington DC and be an advocate at the national level alongside the AAO.   We are clearly moving the needle on payment reform.  We are no longer going to be the victims of unintended regulatory consequences; rather, now we are seated at the table as co- creators of meaningful payment reform. 

Education and Fellowship:  Join us for up to 14 hours of CME at our annual scientific meeting to be held in Wintergreen in June 2017!  Our meetings are always on the cutting edge and a lot of fun too! Your 10% OMIC discount pays for the meeting. We aim to keep you on top of your game and ahead of the curve to ensure your practice remains profitable, viable and even joyful in these rapidly changing times. We also appreciate your generous contributions to our newly created Foundation which supports our mission to provide you with phenomenal annual educational meetings and supports our Young Ophthalmologists (YO’s) and residents on mission trips.  And please bring your techs, reward them, invest in them and keep them stimulated with our concurrent tech meeting put on by VSOMP! And don’t forget the annual coding course! Worth its’ weight in Gold!

Join us today!  I cannot wait to meet you in person at any of the aforementioned events!  We are here for you!

Truly yours,
Suzanne M Everhart DO

Call for Proposals & Abstracts
Deadline January 20, 2017
Click here for details.

Stay Tuned for Additional Updates!



CME certificates for the 2016 Annual Meeting in Williamsburg have been sent. If you attended this meeting in June and you did not receive your certificate, please click here.
Verification of Attendance: For information on CME certificates from past VSEPS scientific meetings, please click here.

Important Updates to VA Board of Pharmacy on Physician Dispensing

The Virginia Board of Pharmacy has published a revised and updated Guidance Document on “Physicians Dispensing Drugs” (June 14, 2016). Dispensing by a physician means the providing of drugs to patients to take with them away from the physician's place of practice. Some levels of dispensing require licenses from the Board of Pharmacy. If your practice is involved in dispensing of any kind, you should familiarize yourself with this document and the relevant regulations to ensure you are in compliance. You can access the document here:\TownHall\docroot\GuidanceDocs\223\GDoc_DHP_28_v7.pdf


Urgent Coding Updates Effective on
October 1, 2016

Starting with service dates of October 1, practices must adopt new or revised ICD-10 codes for dozens of procedures – nearly 400 for ophthalmologists alone. The updates change how you must code treatment of patients with AMD (the number one reported diagnosis in the nation), diabetes, glaucoma, vein occlusions and other conditions. The AAOE shared this information in their Practice Management Express e-bulletin sent on Sunday.


Per E. Ann Rose of Rose of Associates ophthalmic coding consultants, most of the changes have to do with adding laterality to some of the codes.  Retina codes also have more definitive codes based on condition.  To obtain a list of these codes. click here.  

Ms. Rose also recommends that VSEPS members purchase the ICD-10-CM for Ophthalmology book from AAO.  "It is a reasonable price and is very helpful since it only has ophthalmology codes in it."  The ICD-10 coding manual is updated annually every October 1. Ms. Rose states that practices should obtain new coding manuals each year to see what the changes are for the coming year.  “In other words, these codes are to be used for dates of service October 1, 2016 through September 30, 2017." This book can be purchased at


As a VSEPS member benefit, current VSEPS member practices can request coding assistance from Rose & Associates. For additional information, contact VSEPS at (804) 261-9890 or

Upcoming Events

FYI - 2017 Membership Renewals:
Dues notices for 2017 have been mailed. To renew your VSEPS dues online, or for more information on how to join, please select the blue "Register" menu tab at the top of this page.



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