The AOA Third Party Center advocates for the inclusion of doctors of optometry in all medical eye care whether provided privately, publicly or through any third party arrangement.

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Anthem stops unilateral downcoding of eye codes

The insurer noted 99000-series codes are still subject to E/M review; however, the AOA Third Party Center continues to challenge health plans’ downcoding schemes as inappropriate.

Congress probes vision plan policies, NCOIL drops AOA-opposed model language

Vision plan policy changes that incited swift AOA and affiliate rebuke have come under Congressional scrutiny, while optometry’s advocates score a win for states.

Plans’ stagnant fee schedules undervalue primary eye care

Despite the climbing cost of high-quality eye health and vision care, vision plans’ low fee schedules have remained flat for decades, creating undesirable consequences for patients and the health care system.

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The AOA's Third Party Center, working continuously to monitor plan policies and actions, is the profession's payer advocacy nerve center.
AOA challenges VSP plan to link doctor reimbursements to certain lenses and anti-reflective coating

Flawed plan, set to go into effect Sept. 1, reduces doctor and patient choice.

AOA uncovering, fighting back against plans’ abuses

Insurers’ business practices are limiting doctors’ ability to provide care, and the AOA is taking action to hold them accountable.

AOA Conference prepares doctors of optometry for battles for scope expansion and payer parity

More than 200 doctors of optometry take advocacy to the next level at 2019 State Government Relations/Third Party National Conference in Dallas.

AOA, affiliates assemble advocates to address evolving payer issues

AOA’s biennial Health Care Payer Advocacy Conference, Oct. 26-28, convened optometry’s advocates to address the profession’s most pressing challenges with insurers and plans, now and into the future.

Patients, doctors come out ahead in states’ vision plan fights

AOA supports states’ fights to increase patient access, reduce patient confusion.

Optometry’s frontline advocates impart knowledge, experiences

Conference helps affiliates confront state, third party challenges ahead.