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Friday, June 22, 2012

American Board of Optometry Again “Fully Qualified” by Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services for 2012

American Board of Optometry Again “Fully Qualified” by Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services for 2012

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced the American Board of Optometry (ABO) has qualified for purposes of the 2012 Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Program Incentive.  The ABO successfully completed the vetting process to ensure the ABO MOC program meets participation requirements.

The ABO was one of only seven entities that qualified during the launch of this program in 2011, allowing ABO Diplomates to be among an elite few health care professionals to take advantage of this incentive.  For 2012, physicians will again have the opportunity to earn the PQRS incentive, as well as an additional incentive of 0.5 percent by participating in additional activities of a qualified MOC program including a practice assessment module and patient experience of care survey.

Monday, June 18, 2012

Summer Institute on Theology and Disability

Summer Institute on Theology and Disability
Institute Dates: July 16-20, 2012 – Chicago, IL

The Third Annual Summer Institute on Theology and Disability is being held July 16-20 at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago, Illinois. The Institute provides a week long opportunity for learning and networking between key theologians and academics working at the intersection of theology and disability and others more focused on ministries, advocacy, and practice.  The core faculty for the Summer Institute also serve as speakers and mentors for the week. This year they are Hans Reinders, John Swinton, Erik Carter, Thomas Reynolds, Deborah Creamer and Bill Gaventa. Invited plenary speakers will address Biblical Studies, Families, Religious and Spiritual Development, and Community Building, including Fr. Donald Senior, President of CTU, Rabbi Bradley Artson, Amy Julia Becker, Rud Turnbull, Katie Arnold, Benjamin Conner, Cristina Gangemi and John McKnight.  Afternoon discussion groups with speakers give everyone more time for interaction with the key speakers and/or to participate in workshops led by participants.  It is drawing participants from across North America and overseas.

Registration, Program Information and a Week at a Glance are available at 
Katie Arnold, MS
Director of Community Education
Institute on Disability and Human Development
University of Illinois at Chicago
1640 W. Roosevelt Rd, Rm#251B
Chicago, IL 60608
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