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Membership Benefits

Destroying the Primary Myth: The COST of membership is too much

The value of membership is immeasurable; without the VOA, optometrists in Virginia would still be fixing watches!

  • The current dues for OD’s in practice greater than 4 years is approximately $1600. The cost is lower for OD’s with fewer years of active practice. This expense is a write-off to your practice (consult your accountant) and will cost you less than a Starbucks® Venti Mocha per day.* Dues include membership in the AOA, Southern Council (SECO), and VOA.
  • Only VOA members are sent updates on issues including HIPAA, Rx authority, policies, corporate practice laws, insurance code updates and more.
  • Only the VOA monitors legislation, regulations, policy changes, and attorney general opinions and promptly communicates the information to the membership.
  • Only members automatically receive discounts at conferences of the AOA, SECO, and VOA, with an annual cost savings to you of over $500 per year.*
  • Only VOA members receive classified ads sent to all of the members to find employees, equipment, and more.
  • Only VOA members get to affiliate with a local society.
  • Only VOA members receive email and mailing addresses to all of the members in the state.

The VOA is your EYES, EARS, and VOICE for issues every OD will face politically, in business, in patient encounters, and more—The value for your dues is immeasurable!

*Based on 2013 data

More Benefits

  • Continuing Education
    • Discounts at the VOA Mid-Atlantic Conference and Anterior Segment & Contact Lens Symposium to learn from top optometric educators
    • Discounts to our Coding Seminar and Rx Authority Update Seminars
    • Discounts to SECO and AOA Conferences
    • Educational forums for your paraoptometric, including testing and certification and opticianry education
  • Other Benefits
    • VOA is an informational resource for doctors when considering:
      • What vision and medical panels to join
      • How to find an associate
      • What buying groups to join
      • Malpractice insurance
      • Forming partnerships with other OD’s or physicians
    • VOA provides an award winning newsletter with valuable practice information, timely practical news, updates, and classified ads
    • VOA handles patient and consumer complaints against members—VOA will assist by addressing the problem (not finding fault), in an effort to not have the patient file a complaint with the licensing board
    • VOA provides assistance through a Peer Review Committee for any member who is audited by any state agency
    • VOA is an information resource to members with Board of Optometry related issues, sanctions, or hearings

VOA Behind the Scenes

  • The VOA Board of Trustees (elected officers and other members who volunteer their time and effort) work diligently with the VOA Executive Director, Bruce Keeney, to continue to advance the profession while protecting the rights and privileges of doctors of optometry. Mr. Keeney has over 30 years experience, and is very familiar with the problems facing optometry: access, recognition, and fairness. He is adept at dealing with vision-care plans, medical plans, any-willing-provider legislation, post-operative care, and regulatory agencies. The VOA also monitors the activities of VA Society of Ophthalmology, VA Medical Society, VA Retail Merchants Association, and more.

VOA at Work!

  • The VOA has been responsible for nullifying Medicare plans to eliminate postoperative care by an OD; for providing postoperative care by an OD under Medicaid; maintaining corporate practice prohibitions over 70 years; expanding Rx ability to include all oral medications for the eye and its adnexa. The VOA is dedicated to working for you, your practice and your patients every day. The VOA has been fighting for optometry for over 100 years—Join the TEAM today!!!

Contact

Virginia Optometric Association
118 North Eighth Street
Richmond, VA 23219 

Phone: (804) 643-0309
Fax: (804) 643-0311

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