June 2016 Vol.1

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WOA Board

Lynda Jones- President
Brandi Bilyeu- President-Elect
Joe Maycock- Treasurer
Nate Edwards-Secretary
Chris Jons-Director
Jonathan Hartley- Director
Dana Day- Past President

WOA Scholarship Recipient Announced

The WOA is pleased to announce Kristanza Bronnenberg as the 2016 recipient of the WOA Pre-Optometry Scholarship.  She was also the recipient of the University of Wyoming's James A. Boucher, O.D. and Julie M. Uhlmann, Ph.D. Optometry Scholarship.

Kristanza is from Cody and recently graduated with a B.S. Physiology, Honors from the University of Wyoming.  She plans to attend Southern California College of Optometry this fall.

"For many years, I have known I wanted to have a career in health sciences because I love the study of medicine and the human body and want to positively impact the lives of others", says Kristanza.  "As I bounced from one health science profession to another, nothing seemed to fit my personality and interests the way I had hoped - until I found optometry".

She plans to return to Wyoming to practice and is excited to give back to her community.

Congratulations to Kristanza!

WOA Membership Meeting at NROC

The WOA Membership meeting will be Thursday, July 28 at 11:45 am- 1:15 pm.  We will provide lunch for members during the meeting.  Members should have received notice of a bylaw change to be voted upon.  

There is still time to register- we currently have about 40 WOA member doctors registered.

It's time again to register for the 2016 Northern Rockies Optometric Conference!  Last year we had a great turnout which generated $17,000 for the WOA.  Please consider joining your fellow optometrists from WY and around the country for this great opportunity to learn and network.

July 27-30th
Snow King Resort and Conference Pavilion

Featured Speakers:
Paul Karpecki, OD, FAAO
Richard Managan, OD, FAAO
Jay Henry, OD, MS
Also featuring Lynn Lawrence for Staff courses

For more information:  NROC

Avoid Meaningful Use Penalties

Avoid Meaningful Use Penalties- Apply for Hardship Exemption by July 1, 2016

Doctors who suspect they did not meet 2015 meaningful use requirements have less than a month to apply for a hardship exception—a process that takes only minutes to complete and could save doctors money.

Failure to successfully attest for 2015 meaningful use results in a 3 percent penalty on Medicare claims in 2017. The hardship exemption allows physicians to avoid this 3 percent penalty.

CMS must receive doctors' hardship exception applications by 11:59 p.m. ET, July 1, 2016.

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June Birthdays

Emily Stickelberger- 6/25
Randy Wadell- 6/27

Remember- if your birthday is not showing up here you need to go into your member profile on our website and update your information!  

GWCO Registration Open

WOA Newsletter - June 2016 Vol.1