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NEWSFLASH

TOPICS INCLUDED IN THIS EDITION:

  1. RANDOM AUDITS TO DISCONTINUE: GEMS
  2. FINAL YEAR STUDENT WEBINAR: 21 & 22 SEPTEMBER 2021
  3. HEALTH DG CRISP: FORCED VACCINATIONS THE 'WRONG APPROACH'
  4. HEALTH MINISTER: VACCINATION CARD IS 'AN INCENTIVE' NOT A COMPULSORY PASSPORT
  5. GET A JAB OR RESIGN, ZIMBABWEAN GOVERNMENT TELLS STATE WORKERS
  6. ANOTHER COURT RULING AGAINST HPCSA ON FOREIGN-QUALIFIED DOCTORS
  7. 1 MILITARY HOSPITAL LOSES UN AND AU ACCREDITATION
  8. ‘MORE THAN 11001’ WEBINAR SERIES
  9. FORTHCOMING EVENTS
  10. PART TIME PRACTICE FOR SALE

RANDOM AUDITS TO DISCONTINUE: GEMS

 
The SAOA and GEMS meet at least twice per annum as per arrangement with the appointed administrator in attendance. On 30 August 2021, the SAOA met with GEMS and Opticlear where concerns raised by the SAOA were addressed; such concerns included random audits, claim rejections, requests for record cards following claims for services rendered to children under nine years, incorporation of ‘dispensing’ within the comprehensive eye examination procedural code, amongst others.

With reference to the random audits, the SAOA was assured that, moving forward, audits of practices will only be based on justifiable reasons. In addition, the tone of related correspondence will be reviewed. It appears that the Section 59 Investigations into the conduct of schemes, instituted by the Council for Medical Schemes (CMS), also had relevance.

Another dedicated meeting is to be held as a matter of urgency to address all clinically related matters. SAOA members will be updated accordingly. In the meantime, SAOA members are requested to please provide examples where (unreasonable) motivations have been requested by Opticlear and/or claims have been rejected by Opticlear/GEMS; please forward to ppadmin@saoa.co.za.

Of particular interest, for the very first time, a member of the Opticlear Optometric Advisory panel attended the meeting with GEMS and Opticlear, but remained anonymous throughout the engagement.

To view notes of the meeting held on 30 August, click here.

FINAL YEAR STUDENT WEBINAR: 21 & 22 SEPTEMBER 2021




A webinar for final year optometry and dispensing opticianry students, to stretch over two evenings, is scheduled to take place on 21 and 22 September 2021. The thrust of the programme is to prepare students as they are about to exit university life and enter the world of practice.
VIEW THE PROGRAMME

HEALTH DG CRISP: FORCED VACCINATIONS THE 'WRONG APPROACH'


South Africa's National Health Department wants mandatory vaccination in certain industries. But while ‘jabbing’ is regarded as important, acting DG Nicholas Crisp stated that forcing vaccination by law was the wrong approach.

To read more, click here.

HEALTH MINISTER: VACCINATION CARD IS 'AN INCENTIVE' NOT A COMPULSORY PASSPORT

 
The vaccination card, which the government doesn't want referred to as a vaccination passport, will not deprive people of their basic human rights, Health Minister Joe Phaahla told News24.

To read more, click here.

GET A JAB OR RESIGN, ZIMBABWEAN GOVERNMENT TELLS STATE WORKERS




Zimbabwe's government has said it would force unvaccinated civil servants and teachers to resign in a bid to ramp up the uptake of COVID-19 jabs, reports Reuters.
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 ANOTHER COURT RULING AGAINST HPCSA ON FOREIGN-QUALIFIED DOCTORS
 
An urgent application by foreign-qualified doctors ordering the Health Professions Council of SA to allow them to sit their Board examinations, has been granted unopposed in the Pretoria High Court. An earlier court order to the same effect had been ignored by the HPCSA.

To view the full article, click here.
 1 MILITARY HOSPITAL LOSES UN AND AU ACCREDITATION
 
The Joint Standing Committee on Defence is "extremely concerned" by the R1bn of never-ending repair and maintenance programme (Ramp) at 1 Military Hospital in Pretoria, which has contributed to it losing its accreditation as a level-4 hospital by the African Union and United Nations to support external and international peace-keeping operations.

To read more, click here.

Have you registered for the next webinar?

Neuro-optometric Examination & Eye related Neurological conditions and Management

SPEAKERS: Mr D J Bhoola & Prof Anand Moodley

Date: Thursday 7 October 2021 | Time: 18h30 to 20h30
Completion of the Questionnaire allows you to CHOOSE the Webinars that are of interest to you and MUST NOT be seen as Registration to the Webinar.
REGISTRATION is REQUIRED FOR EVERY WEBINAR to ensure access.

NOTE: Upon receipt of the email with the LINK from marketing@saoa.co.za,  you are required to: 
Step 1: Click button below to view all topics
Step 2: Complete the 3 questions 
Step 3. Submit the form to ensure acceptance of your registration . The unique password will be sent to join the webinar.

REGISTRATIONS ARE MANDATORY AND CLOSE at 4pm on the date of each WEBINAR.
CLICK HERE TO VIEW ALL WEBINAR TOPICS
 FORTHCOMING EVENTS


Save the date for the following events scheduled to take place during the first quarter of 2021:
 
21 SEPTEMBER to 18 OCTOBER: Eye Care Awareness Month 
7 OCTOBER: Neuro-optometric Examination & Eye related Neurological conditions and Management Webinar
14 OCTOBER: World Sight Day

Details of each activity/event will be made available in due course.
STAY SAFE

PART TIME PRACTICE FOR SALE



Part-time practice for sale in beautiful Boland country town. Would suit an optometrist wanting to slow down and start enjoying life!

Contact Rod at rodtulbagh@gmail.com
QUESTIONS, COMMENTS OR CONCERNS CAN BE DIRECTED TO:
Lucky Nkosi - membership@saoa.co.za | 074 243 4261
Harry Rosen - 
ceo@saoa.co.za | 084 482 4517

Please be assured that conversations relating to personal circumstances will be regarded as private and confidential. 
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