WAEPS 2020 Annual Meeting: CANCELED

Due to recommendations from county and national health officials, the 2020 WAEPS Annual Meeting has been canceled. You will be notified if a 2020 Physician, Tech or Practice Managers Meeting gets rescheduled in the 2020 calendar year. We are exploring an opportunity to attend the Meetings via webinar. We will be in touch if we are successful. WAEPS is currently in the process of refunding all 2020 Annual Meeting registrants. The refund process will take 2-8 weeks depending on our ability to return to the office.

COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

We recommend all clinics develop a plan for the expected spread of 2019 Novel Coronavirus (Covid-19) in the United States.  As the clinical situation changes on a daily basis, we recommend following guidance from the CDC and the Washington State Department of Health.  We will continue to follow updates closely and make decisions based on recommendations from the Washington Department of Health and King County Health Department. The Washington State Medical Association is maintaining a webpage with links to up-to-date guidance from the CDC and the DOH.  For more information click here.

Telehealth: Things To Know

Many ophthalmologists are exploring options for Telehealth to make sure patients who aren’t urgent but still have concerns can get them addressed during the Covid-19 crisis. WAEPS has developed a Telehealth primer for you and your practices to help you get up and running quickly with virtual office visits. Also included in the attachment is the Pennsylvania Academy of Ophthalmology’s (PAO) primer on Telehealth billing. The AAO has a Telehealth page that has useful information as well. 

Paycheck Protection Program

A recent WSMA survey of physician clinics in our state found that virtually all respondents are being financially impacted by COVID-19, with several having to close their doors altogether. The federal stimulus package (a.k.a. CARES Act) is intended to provide financial relief to individuals and businesses through a number of programs. The “Paycheck Protection Program” is likely to be of most utility to physician practices, as it provides loans of up to $10 million to qualifying businesses of less than 500 employees that under some circumstances do not need to be repaid.

Intended primarily as a tool for businesses impacted by COVID-19 to cover payroll costs as well as some operational expenses, the PPP loans do not require collateral and can cover up to two months of your average monthly payroll costs from the last year, plus an additional 25 percent of that amount (with payroll calculations capped at $100,000 per employee). Provided that the funds are used to primarily cover payroll costs, and that staff and payroll are maintained for the duration of the loan, the loan can be forgiven. Beyond payroll, up to 25 percent of the loan may be used for operational expenses such as rent, interest on mortgages, and utilities.

The PPP launches on Friday, April 3, and given the projected demand for loans, early participation is strongly encouraged. As a first step, consider reaching out to the bank your practice works with as all federally-insured financial institutions are eligible lenders. A fact sheet on the program from the Treasury Department can be found here, and the application form can be found here

 

 

The Washington Academy of Eye Physicians & Surgeons (WAEPS):

As the professional organization for eye physicians and surgeons (Eye M.D.s) in the state, we help ophthalmologists offer their patients the full range of options for eye care by staying at the leading edge of medical, surgical and optical care. Ophthalmologists are medical doctors—physicians and surgeons. Read more about the difference between ophthalmologists (Eye M.D.s) and optometrists here.

Our Mission:

The Washington Academy of Eye Physicians & Surgeons is an organization comprised of eye physicians and surgeons--medical doctors uniquely trained in the medical and surgical care of the eye. WAEPS serves the educational and professional needs of its member ophthalmologists and is devoted to promoting the health and well-being of the citizens of Washington.

General Public

  • Keeping your eyes healthy at every stage of life
  • Find an eye doctor to care for you and your loved ones

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Ophthalmic Personnel and Allied Health Professionals

  • Professional certification resources
  • Professional development
  • Employment opportunities in WAEPS member practices
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Ophthalmologists

  • Upcoming CME opportunities
  • Physician resources
  • WAEPS activities and projects
  • Members-only resources

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