ASCRS Program

Continuing Medical Education

ACCME Full Color LogoAccreditation Statement

The American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. ASCRS takes responsibility for the content, quality and scientific integrity of the CME activity.

Designation Statement

The American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery designates the ASCRS and ASOA programs within this live educational activity for a maximum of 35 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
All CME activities approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ are valid for recognition by the European Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (EACCME). Physicians not licensed in the U.S. who participate in this CME activity are eligible for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™.
Physicians can claim CME credit up to the maximum listed above for attending the Physicians Program (ASCRS), including scientific films and posters on-demand, scientific papers, courses, symposia and general sessions), the Practice Management (ASOA) Program, or a combination thereof.
Attendees registered as exhibitors, spouses, and guests are not eligible for CME credits.
Note: All attendees must have their badges printed onsite to be verified as eligible for credit.

Educational Objectives

Upon completion of the ASCRS Annual Meeting, participants should be able to:

  • Recognize and discuss current and advanced treatment strategies for anterior segment surgery, and corneal, glaucoma and retinal conditions.

  • Identify the latest developments and advances in techniques and technology within anterior segment surgery and comprehensive ophthalmology.

  • Identify complicating factors in anterior segment surgery and develop appropriate treatment plans.

  • Practice hands on surgical skills and techniques in Skills Transfer Labs.

  • Examine external legislative issues and internal business practice issues affecting the field of ophthalmology.

Upon completion of the ASOA Annual Meeting, participants should be able to:

  • Discuss various aspects of business management and integrate adjustments to practices as necessary

  • Describe and implement adjustments to policies and procedures related to human resources management

  • Assess leadership qualities and practices and apply concepts

  • Evaluate current practice marketing campaigns and efforts and recommend improvements where possible

  • Describe advancements in electronic health records and Health Information Technologies

  • Summarize the latest compliance and coding updates

Self-Assessment Credit

ASCRS will be applying for Self-Assessment Credit with the American Board of Ophthalmology (ABO) for some of its educational sessions. Detailed information will be posted as it becomes available.

ASOA Continuing Education Credit

ASOA offers various continuing education credits for its 2019 program:

  • American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC) AAPC continuing education credit for ASOA Practice Management Courses in select ASOA knowledge pathways, including the following:
    o ASOA Advanced Administrator
    o ASOA Business Management
    o ASOA Coding and Billing
    o ASOA EHR and Health Information Technology
    o ASOA Human Resources

  • Certified Ophthalmic Executive (COE) Attendees: The ASOA Annual Meeting on Ophthalmic Practice Management qualifies for COE Category A credits. All attendees seeking COE credits MUST be registered for the ASOA program or the Joint ASOA-Technicians & Nurses program. Speakers: ASOA designates this activity for a maximum of 18 COE Category C credits.

    Joint Commission on Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology, Ophthalmic Photographers Society and American Orthoptic Council (IJCAHPO/OPS/AOC).

    Application will be made for IJCAHPO/OPS/AOC continuing education credits for the Technicians & Nurses Program, as well as the Friday “Tech Talks” optional program. IJCAHPO is an approved provider by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider #13516, for Contact Hours. All attendees seeking IJCAHPO/OPS/AOC credits MUST be registered for the Technicians & Nurses Program or the joint ASOA/ Technicians & Nurses program.

    Attendees registered as exhibitors and guests may not claim education credits for this program.

    Note: All attendees must have their badges printed on site to be verified as eligible for credit.

Claim CME/CE Credits

Attendees will be able to evaluate ASCRS and ASOA programs through the Claim CME/CE Credit Stations. When the evaluation is complete, attendees can print or email a copy of the certificate for continuing education credits for that day. If attendees do not complete the evaluations during the meeting, they will have the opportunity to complete them at home. Deadline is May 28, 2020. Evaluations for ASCRS and/or ASOA program are also available through the meeting app.

Technicians & Nurse Programs: Claim IJCAHPO Credits

For the Technicians & Nurse Programs, paper-based evaluations will be given at the beginning of the course. IJCAHPO credits are processed and claimed directly through IJCAHPO.

Notice About Off-Label Use Presentations

The ASCRS Annual Meeting may include presentations on drugs or devices or uses of drugs or devices that may not have been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or have been approved by the FDA for specific uses only. The FDA has stated that it is the responsibility of the physician to determine the FDA clearance status of each drug or device he or she wishes to use in clinical practice. ASCRS is committed to the free exchange of medical education. Inclusion of any presentation in this program, including presentations of off-label uses, does not imply an endorsement by ASCRS of the uses, products or techniques presented.