• H. Dunbar Hoskins Jr., MDThe H. Dunbar Hoskins Jr., M.D. Center for Quality Eye Care was established as a quality of care and health policy research center that advances the accessibility to and appropriateness of eye care services. The work of the Hoskins Center will help ensure that patients continue to receive high quality, evidence-based eye care within a tightening economic environment that demands increased value for services provided.
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  • Apr 2014 from AAO Hoskins Center for Quality Eye Care
    Outlines the services provided by primary eye care physicians, the competencies needed to provide these services, and an ophthalmologist’s qualifications to provide primary eye care.
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    Apr 2014 from AAO Hoskins Center for Quality Eye Care
    Lists the signs and conditions that warrant prompt referral to an MD or DO, preferably to an ophthalmologist, for definitive diagnosis and necessary medical treatment.
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    Apr 2014 from ASCRS and AAO Hoskins Center for Quality Eye Care
    A joint educational statement warning primary care physicians about the use of tamsulosin, or alpha-adrenergic blocker treatment, and associated complications with cataract surgery.
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    Feb 2014 from AAP, AAPOS, AACO and AAO Hoskins Center for Quality Eye Care
    A joint statement of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus (AAPOS), American Association of Certified Orthoptists (AACO), and Academy on learning disabilities, dyslexia, and vision.
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    Feb 2014 from AAO Quality of Care Secretariat, Hoskins Center for Quality Eye Care
    The Academy disapproves of the illegal use of excimer lasers and/or software for refractive surgery. Stringent FDA regulations regarding excimer lasers and their software are discussed.
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    Feb 2014 from AAOE Ophthalmic Practice Secretariat and AAO Hoskins Center for Quality Eye Care
    An Academy statement on the inherent responsibility of community ophthalmologists to be available for emergency eye care. Covers on-call compensation for ophthalmologists.
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    Feb 2014 from AAO Task Force on Genetic Testing
    The Academy's Task Force report on genetic testing that provides guidance on the underlying principles and approaches of genetic testing.
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    Jan 2014 from AAO Quality of Care Secretariat, Hoskins Center for Quality Eye Care
    Questions the necessity and value of routine medical tests performed on patients before cataract surgery.
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    Jan 2014 from AGS and AAO Quality of Care Secretariat, Hoskins Center for Quality Eye Care
    A joint statement that recommends lifting time restrictions on eye drop medication refills for serious eye diseases until further study. Strategies to increase eye drop availability should be instituted to prevent interruption and gaps in patient treatment.
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    Nov 2013 from AAPOS and AAO Hoskins Center for Quality Eye Care
    Discusses the necessity of timely screening for the early detection and treatment of eye and vision problems in America’s children.
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    Nov 2013 from AAPOS and AAO Hoskins Center for Quality Eye Care
    The American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus (AAPOS) and Academy emphasize that glasses are medically necessary to prevent permanent visual loss.
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    Oct 2013 from AAO Quality of Care Secretariat, Hoskins Center for Quality Eye Care
    Dr. Wise explains the genesis of the Joint Commission’s updated statement on steam sterilization from 2009, its significance to ophthalmologists, and proper technique to ensure compliance.
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    Sep 2013 from AAO Quality of Care Secretariat, Hoskins Center for Quality Eye Care
    A reaffirmed position statement, initially released by the Joint Commission on June 15, 2009, that clarifies the interpretation of standards regarding steam sterilization.
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    Aug 2013 from AAO Quality of Care Secretariat, Hoskins Center for Quality Eye Care
    The Academy recommends not using the term "flash sterilization," but rather describing the sterilization technique in detail instead.
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    Jun 2013 from AAO Quality of Care Secretariat, Hoskins Center for Quality Eye Care
    Provides recommendations, based on expert opinion and consensus, for practices that promote the patient's best interests and safety in performing keratorefractive surgery.
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    May 2013 from AAO Quality of Care Secretariat, Hoskins Center for Quality Eye Care
    Describes the risks associated with extended wear contact lenses and recommends patient education about good hygiene.
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    Apr 2013 from AAP and AAO Communications Advisory Board
    The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and Academy evaluate the role of protective eyewear in reducing the risk of sports-related eye injuries. Eyewear recommendations for most sports are provided.
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    Apr 2013 from AAPOS and AAO Hoskins Center for Quality Eye Care
    The American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus (AAPOS) and Academy review the indications for surgical intervention in adult strabismus.
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    Apr 2013 from AAPOS and AAO Hoskins Center for Quality Eye Care
    The American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus (AAPOS) and Academy describe amblyopia and the importance of proper medical treatment.
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    Jan 2013 from AAP, AAPOS and AAO Hoskins Center for Quality Eye Care
    The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus (AAPOS), and Academy outline principles of a screening program to detect ROP in infants at risk; includes suggested guidelines for the United States.
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    Dec 2012 from AAO Quality of Care Secretariat, Hoskins Center for Quality Eye Care
    Earlier in 2012, American Regent (the sole U.S. source for non-preserved, bisulfate-free epinephrine) suspended its manufacture of drug products. This clinical statement offers alternative options for ophthalmologists.
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    Oct 2012 from AAP, AAPOS, AACO and AAO Hoskins Center for Quality Eye Care
    A joint statement of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus (AAPOS), American Association of Certified Orthoptists (AACO), and Academy, describing the use of instrument-based vision screening.
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    Aug 2012 from AAO Quality of Care Secretariat, Hoskins Center for Quality Eye Care
    Recommends minimum infection prevention guidelines and practices for the protection of patients, staff, and ophthalmologists in the ophthalmic care setting. Draws from current policies of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other federal agencies.
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    Jul 2012 from NANOS and AAO Quality of Care Secretariat, Hoskins Center for Quality Eye Care
    Recommendations for the diagnosis and treatment of optic neuritis.
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    Jun 2012 from AAO Quality of Care Secretariat, Hoskins Center for Quality Eye Care
    Addresses the use of digital imaging technology in screening for diabetic retinopathy.
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    May 2012 from AAO Hoskins Center for Quality Eye Care
    The Academy's policy that states the best interests of patients are served when the ophthalmic surgeon conducts a preoperative evaluation.
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    May 2012 from AAO Quality of Care Secretariat, Hoskins Center for Quality Eye Care
    Summarizes the Academy's policy outlining the ophthalmologist's duties to a patient with respect to postoperative care.
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    May 2012 from Global Diabetic Retinopathy Project Task Force and Invitational Workshop, AAO Hoskins Center for Quality Eye Care
    International disease severity scale based on the early treatment diabetic retinopathy study (ETDRS) classification of diabetic retinopathy, clinical trials, and epidemiologic studies.
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    May 2012 from AAO Quality of Care Secretariat, Hoskins Center for Quality Eye Care
    Provides a rationale for global standards to govern the communication of images and data, which are increasingly in digital format for speed, accuracy, and convenience.
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    Apr 2012 from AAO Quality of Care Secretariat, Hoskins Center for Quality Eye Care
    The Eye Examination Report form is designed to improve communication regarding a diabetic patient's retinopathy status. The completed form should be shared between the ophthalmologist and a primary care physician, or referring physician.
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    Mar 2012 from OMIC and AAO Hoskins Center for Quality Eye Care
    Provides information and resources from the Ophthalmic Mutual Insurance Company (OMIC) and Academy about toxic anterior segment syndrome (TASS) to help in diagnosis and patient management. There are instructions and a link to the FDA to report occurrences of TASS.
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    Feb 2012 from OMIC and AAO Hoskins Center for Quality Eye Care
    Provides information and resources from the Ophthalmic Mutual Insurance Company (OMIC) and Academy about bevacizumab intravitreal injections to minimize risks of infection from the compounding process.
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    Feb 2012 from ASA
    A practice advisory from the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) that recommends perioperative interventions for patients undergoing spine surgery to prevent visual loss. A download of the practice advisory is available.
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    Oct 2011 from AGS and AAO Quality of Care Secretariat, Hoskins Center for Quality Eye Care
    The Academy and the American Glaucoma Society (AGS) brought together glaucoma experts and researchers to analyze and review the AHRQ comparative effectiveness review of glaucoma screening draft. Important concerns regarding the limitations of the AHRQ study are highlighted.
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    Oct 2011 from AGS and AAO Quality of Care Secretariat, Hoskins Center for Quality Eye Care
    The Academy and the American Glaucoma Society (AGS) brought together glaucoma experts and researchers to analyze and review the AHRQ comparative effectiveness review of glaucoma treatment draft. Important concerns regarding the limitations of the AHRQ study are highlighted.
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    Sep 2011 from AAO Hoskins Center for Quality Eye Care
    Supports the Academy's position that all laser surgery for medical purposes, including opthalmic laser surgery, should be performed only by licensed MDs or DOs.
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    Sep 2011 from AGS Patient Care Committee
    Questions from American Glaucoma Society (AGS) members, answered by Dr. Wiley Chambers, FDA Deputy Director for the Division of Transplant and Ophthalmology Products.
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    Mar 2011 from AAP, AAPOS, AACO and AAO Hoskins Center for Quality Eye Care
    A joint technical report of the AAP, AAPOS, AACO, and Academy on learning disabilities, dyslexia, and vision. The report is a companion document to the joint policy statement on Learning Disabilities, Dyslexia, and Vision, which was published in 2009.
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    Feb 2011 from AAO Quality of Care Secretariat, Hoskins Center for Quality Eye Care
    Provides consensus recommendations for screening low risk and high risk patients for chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine toxicity. Published in Ophthalmology, February 2011, Vol. 118, 415-422.
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    Jun 2010 from AAO Quality of Care Secretariat, Hoskins Center for Quality Eye Care
    A description of Shaken Baby Syndrome to help the ophthalmologist through the process of diagnosis and identifying ocular manifestations.
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    Jan 2010 from Committee on Eye Banks, AAO Hoskins Center for Quality Eye Care
    Provides recommendations for future federal initiatives pertaining to the National Organ Transplant Act with the aim of maintaining the high quality of the current eye banking system.
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    Nov 2009 from AAO Quality of Care Secretariat, Hoskins Center for Quality Eye Care
    Provides guidance on the frequency of ocular examinations, depending upon the individual's age, race, past ocular history, medical history, family history of eye disease, and the types of symptoms or ocular findings encountered.
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    Jun 2009 from AAO Quality of Care Secretariat, Hoskins Center for Quality Eye Care
    Information for patients and prescribing physicians about the effect of Flomax, and other alpha blockers on cataract surgery.
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    Jun 2009 from ASOT and AAO Hoskins Center for Quality Eye Care
    A checklist developed by the American Society of Ocular Trauma (ASOT) that identifies different trauma center levels and required resources. The checklist closely follows the format established by the American College of Surgeons (ACS) for Level-One Trauma Center certificati…
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    Apr 2009 from U.K. National Health Service, National Institute for Health and Care Excellence
    A clinical guideline that covers the diagnosis and management of chronic open angle glaucoma and ocular hypertension.
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    Dec 2008 from AAP, AAPOS, AACO and AAO Hoskins Center for Quality Eye Care
    A joint AAP, AAPOS, AACO and Academy paper describing how to perform a red reflex examination in childrens' eyes. It recommends a red reflex examination for all newborns and at all subsequent routine health visits.
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    Nov 2008 from AAO Hoskins Center for Quality Eye Care
    An Academy statement describing the risks and complications associated with intravitreal injections, which may necssitate medical or surgical intervention; emphasizing why intravitreal injections should be performed by Eye MDs.
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    Oct 2008 from AAP and AAO Hoskins Center for Quality Eye Care
    Diabetic retinopathy is one of the most important complications of type 1 diabetes mellitus, representing the leading cause of blindness in young adults. This clinical report reviews the screening guidance for pediatric patients with type 1 diabetes mellitus.
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    May 2008 from U.K. National Health Service, National Institute for Health and Care Excellence
    An updated clinical guideline covering the care and treatment of people with type 2 diabetes in the National Health Service in England and Wales. It describes the detection and ongoing management with referral to a specialist for diabetic eye disease.
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    May 2007 from AAP, AACO, AAPOS and AAO Hoskins Center for Quality Eye Care
    The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), American Association of Certified Orthoptists (AACO), American Association for Pediatric Opthalmology and Strabismus (AAPOS), and Academy outline the need for early detection and prompt treatment of ocular disorders in children.
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