July 2019

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WOA Board

Nate Edwards- President
Chris Jons- President-Elect
Jonathan Hartley-Treasurer
Jeremy Nett-Secretary
Sam Hoffman- Director
Jamie Hazen-Director
Joe Maycock- Past President

NROC Registration Open

July 10-13, 2019
Cody, WY

Featured OD Speakers:
Eric Schmidt, OD, FAAO
Valerie Kattouf, OD, FAAO
Whitney H. Hauser, OD, FAAO


CLICK HERE for more information

Happy Birthday!

Happy Birthday! 

Max Gustafson-1
Brett Pexton-2
Luke Brog-4
Deon Zeitner-21
Brian Pieper- 21
Sue Lowe-22
Ashlee Mills-Fischer-31

If you don't see your birthday listed please update your profile on the website!

WOA Legislative Readiness

Thank you to WOA Members who have already contributed to your legislative readiness fund!

Jeremy Nett
Brandi Bilyeu
Melissa Younger
Joe Maycock
Katie Dehn
Carla Shoults
Jacob Despain
David Eldred
Sam Hoffman
Luke Brog
Sara Koehn
Jill Miller
Ken Morse
Chad Roberts
Lynda Jones
Grant Jones
Marty Carroll
Jenning Voss

Evaluating Your Malpractice Insurance

WOA Members: Three questions to ask when evaluating your malpractice insurance
Malpractice Insurance is key to protecting to you and your practice’s financial future.  It’s important to make sure you have sufficient coverage before automatically renewing each year. Use the three key considerations below to see how your current coverage compares:
  • What are liability limits?
    Malpractice insurance coverage levels are commonly represented by two figures. One figure, which will be the smaller of the two, represents the amount of coverage for an individual claim, and the other figure represents the annual aggregate amount of coverage.
  • Is Wyoming’s full scope of practice covered?
Some malpractice insurance policies contain exclusions that can be left open to interpretation, such as a surgical exclusion. Many common procedures, including removal of a foreign body may fall within a surgical exclusion. Malpractice coverage administered by Lockton Affinity provides protection within your state’s defined scope of practice. 
  • How can I get help reading the fine print on my current policy?
Lockton Affinity offers a complimentary policy review for WOA members, with no obligation to switch providers or terminate your current coverage. Lockton Affinity will have an expert review the exclusions in your current policy and ensure you have adequate limits. To start your complimentary policy review, click here.
Learn more about malpractice insurance from Lockton Affinity and all the other solutions AOAExcel offers today at ExcelOD.com/Business-Liability.
The AOA Insurance Alliance program is administered by Lockton Affinity, LLC d/b/a Lockton Affinity Insurance Brokers, LLC in California. Policy benefits are the sole obligation of the issuing insurance company. The American Optometric Association may receive a royalty fee for the licensing of its name and trademarks as part of the insurance program offered to American Optometric Association members.

Reporting Harm by Contact Lenses

Need to report adverse events associated with contact lenses or have information about the suspected illegal sale of corrective or novelty plano lenses?  

CLICK HERE to learn how to report.

Free COPE accredited online course on traumatic brain injuries

I am writing to share a free training opportunity with Continuing Education credits.
The newly formed Mountain Plains – Mental Health Technology Transfer Center (MP-MHTTC) offers free training for professionals across many professions.
The training linked below is specific to optometry/ophthalmology and will help you to better treat veterans or anyone who may have experienced a traumatic brain injury.
Please feel free to share with any colleagues or list-servs in which you may participate.
We hope you find this training helpful.
Rebecca Helfand, PhD
Program Director
Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE)
3035 Center Green Drive, Suite 200
Boulder, CO 80301
WOA Newsletter - July 2019