Pennsylvania Academy of Ophthalmology  

Pennsylvania's Eye Physicians and Surgeons

Membership Benefits

Savings on your malpractice insurance
PAO members who are OMIC policy holders are eligible to receive an additional 
10% discount to their risk management premium discount per year. 
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Legislative Advocacy
To ensure that the concerns for quality patient care are addressed in the legislature, PAO leaders, with the assistance of our government relation consultants, have been working hard to develop and maintain a strong, positive relationship with our state legislators. By having a “seat at the table,” we can improve our chances of influencing developments in our favor. As we educate our legislators about the practice of ophthalmology, we help strengthen their appreciation of our issues and foster their support.

Managed Care Representation
Through its representation on Pennsylvania's Medicare Carrier Advisory Committee and its relationship with many major third party payers, the PAO monitors, provides input and reports to its members on new rules, regulations, and changes that affect both the practice of ophthalmology and the quality of medical care delivered to the citizens of Pennsylvania.
PAO also advocates on Ophthalmologists' behalf with many of the major insurers, HMOs and managed care companies. Often this intervention is triggered by members alerting the Society to unfair or inconsistent payment policies.

Coding and Billing Seminars
In conjunction with the American Academy of Ophthalmology, PAO sponsors a series of Advanced Coding Seminars across the state. The programs are designed to assist Ophthalmologists and their office staff in documentation and reimbursement issues. The course text is ophthalmology and state specific and is updated each year.

Bulletins and Alerts
FOCUS, PAO's bi-annual news bulletin, provides comprehensive updates on legislative issues, coding and reimbursement, academy news, and more. FOCUS is distributed as a printed mailer and e-newsletter and can be found on the members-only section of the website. PAO's monthly e-blast, inSight, provides shorter member updates during the other months, so that PAO members are never out of the loop.​

Registration Discounts
PAO members and their staffs receive a discount on all events and programs sponsored by the Academy.

Liaison with Other Medical Societies

AAO Council
The specific concerns of Pennsylvania Ophthalmologists are advanced at the national level by the PAO's three representatives to the AAO Council. The Council meets twice a year to act on and receive status reports on Council Advisory Recommendations formulated by state societies and subspecialty organizations.

The PAO continues to update its website to meet the changing needs of the members and the public. Our site includes: public information; a members only section, which includes legislative updates and member specific news; a calendar of events; and much more.​

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