Archive for August, 2008


Post-Cataract Eye Wear Update

August 29, 2008

I was thrilled to get word from the AOA’s Washington office today that CMS has reversed the requirement for all new durable medical equipment (post-cataract eyewear) suppliers to show proof of accreditation (and fees associated with that accreditation). This was a burdensome requirement that had held up several practitioners from being reimbursed for providing post-cataract eyewear. We’ve had stories across the country of offices with several thousand dollars in payments held up by this new requirement that went into March 1, 2008.

The  partial message below is from Jon Hymes, our Washington office director to the state executive directors.

A quick note to let you know that the AOA Washington Office has just learned that CMS officials have notified the National Supplier Clearinghouse (NSC) that “new” durable medical equipment, prosthetics, orthotics, and supplies (DMEPOS) supplier applications from physicians, including ODs, will not require accreditation.  This will provide immediate relief for optometrists across the country who have been barred from enrollment or re-enrollment as DMEPOS suppliers without going through the accreditation process, including payment of a substantial accreditation fee.


This reversal by CMS is a result of a months-long lobbying effort by the AOA and other provider groups aimed at winning needed changes in the misguided DMEPOS accreditation requirement announced earlier this year.   In fact, during the most recent meeting with CMS officials on this issue (it was yesterday), Kelly Hipp and Rodney Peele of the AOA Washington Office team again detailed the harmful impact on ODs and patients of extending the accreditation requirement to post-cataract eyeware. 

In addition to our AOA staff who work for our patients and our members every day, a special thank you to the AOA members across the country who contacted their Congressmen and Senators. This is a win for our patients and our practices.


About me

August 27, 2008

Galesburg,  IL 

I was first elected to the American Optometric Association Board of Trustees in June 1999 and re-elected in 2002. I ascended to the presidency at the 111th Annual AOA Congress & 38th Annual AOSA Conference: Optometry’s Meeting® in June 2008.

In addition to my responsibilities as President, I serve as a member of the AOA Executive and Agenda Committees. I’m board liaison to the American Academy of Optometry (where I’m a fellow) and National Optometric Association. I serve as liaison to various regional optometric councils and organizations.

I’m past president of the Illinois Optometric Association and the West Central Illinois Optometric Society. I continue to serve on the Illinois Optometric Association’s Legislative Committee and was named Optometrist of the Year in 2001.

I  graduated from the Illinois College of Optometry and served on its Alumni Council Board of Directors.

I am a principal in a multi-location group practice in Galesburg, Ill., a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry and past president of the Galesburg Lions Club.


Welcome to Pete’s AOA Blog

August 27, 2008

Welcome to message board for Pete Kehoe, O.D., president of the American Optometric Association.

The American Optometric Association is the premier authority in the optometric profession. With more than 35,000 members in 6,500 U.S. communities, the AOA leads the way in its mission of improving the quality and availability of eye and vision care everywhere.

Founded in 1898, the AOA is a federation of state, student and armed forces optometric associations. Through these affiliations, the AOA serves members consisting of optometrists, students of optometry, paraoptometric assistants and technicians.

Together, the AOA and its affiliates work to provide the public with quality vision and eye care. Through offices in St. Louis, Missouri, and metropolitan Washington, D.C., the AOA:

  • Sets professional standards, helping its members conduct patient care efficiently and effectively
  • Lobbies government and other organizations on behalf of the optometric profession
  • Provides research and education leadership

August President’s Column: How often should we visit the dentist?

August 6, 2008

A look at AOA’s  Clinical Practice Guidelines  and the need for public awareness of getting eye exams on a regular schedule.