ASCRS Foundation and Sen. Rand Paul Support Mission to Perform 200 Cataract Surgeries in Guatemala

Five organizations have partnered for a five-year effort to bring high-quality eye care and vision-saving eye surgery to one of Guatemala’s neediest communities in the Baja Verapaz region—The American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery Foundation (ASCRS Foundation), the University of Utah’s Moran Eye Center, The Hope Alliance, Alcon and Lions Club International. The effort will kick off with an initial, nine-day mission, which includes ophthalmologist and U.S. Senator Rand Paul, MD (R-KY), from August 14-23, 2014.

University of California Professor Awarded Prestigious Castroviejo Medal

The Cornea Society has awarded the Castroviejo Medal, the society's highest honor, to UC-Davis Health System Eye Center Professor and Chair Mark J. Mannis, MD, F.A.C.S. The medal, named in honor of Ramon Castroviejo, the father of modern corneal transplant surgery and the inspiration for the founding of the Cornea Society, is awarded annually to an individual who has made significant contributions to the field of cornea and anterior segment surgery.

CMS Announces Step Two of Physician Registration for Open Payments (Sunshine Act) to Open July 14; Step One Registration Currently Open

Late Friday, CMS announced that physicians and teaching hospitals will be able to access Phase Two of physician registration for the Open Payments System beginning Monday, July 14 and be able to review, correct and dispute data submitted by industry.

Charitable Surgeries Launch National Effort to End Cataract Blindness: Charleston-based Operation Sight Joins New ASCRS Foundation Network

The first two charitable cataract surgeries, performed as part of the ASCRS Foundation’s new Operation Sight network, were conducted on Wednesday, July 2, 2014, by Kerry Solomon, MD, at Physicians Eye Surgery Center in Charleston, South Carolina.

Upcoming 2015 World Cornea Congress VII Promises Exciting Program

The World Cornea Congress VII (WCCVII), sponsored by the Cornea Society, will be held next spring in San Diego, Calif. The meeting will take place from April 15–17, 2015, immediately preceding the ASCRS•ASOA Annual Symposium and Congress in San Diego.

The World Cornea Congress is the Cornea Society’s premiere educational and research meeting, highlighting progress and innovations in both the clinical and research efforts of the international cornea community.

Registration Opened June 1 for Phase 1 of Open Payments (Sunshine Act); First Step for Physicians to Review Data Reported by Manufacturers

The Sunshine Act requires manufacturers and some group purchasing organizations (GPO) to report certain payments and items of value given to physicians and teaching hospitals. Open Payments is the website created by the Sunshine Act that will report these transfers of value made by manufacturers and group purchasing organizations to physicians and teaching hospitals to the public. The data will be available to the public September 30, 2014.