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2015 ASCRS San Diego Daily Sunday

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ASCRS•ASOA SYMPOSIUM & CONGRESS, SAN DIEGO 2015 Annual meeting kicks off with Opening General Session by Ellen Stodola EyeWorld Staff Writer EyeWorld Daily News • The official ASCRS•ASOA Show Daily Sunday, April 19, 2015 digital.eyeworld.org ASCRS•ASOA Special Joint Government Relations Session features Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) by Ellen Stodola EyeWorld Staff Writer Even small leaks can lead to BIG COMPLICATIONS. Visit us in Booth #443 www.resuresealant.com ReSure Sealant is indicated for intraoperative management of clear corneal incisions (up to 3.5mm) with a demonstrated wound leak for which a temporary dry surface can be achieved, in order to prevent postoperative fluid egress from such incisions following cataract surgery with intraocular lens (IOL) placement in adults. T his year's Special Joint Government Relations Session at the ASCRS•ASOA Symposium & Congress featured Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), the Majority Leader of the U.S. House of Representatives. Rep. McCarthy started by talking about his background, including where he came from and how he became interested in poli- tics. Then, he moved into speaking about the workings of Congress, his opinions on policy and the process, and his thoughts on the future. "Yesterday was the first 100 days of the new Congress," he said. Although on the outside it may look T he ASCRS•ASOA Sympo- sium & Congress officially kicked off in San Diego on Saturday morning with the Opening General Session, followed by the Binkhorst Lecture. Edward Holland, MD, Cincin- nati, chair of the ASCRS Program Committee, started off the session with a welcome to the 7,000 attend- ees from more than 100 countries. There are countless opportunities to learn from world-renowned sur- geons at the meeting and to partici- pate in 1,500 papers, posters, cours- es, and symposia, as well as special sessions, skills transfer sessions, and the annual Film Festival, he said. Following Dr. Holland, the out- going president of ASCRS, Richard Lewis, MD, Sacramento, Calif., and the incoming president of ASCRS, Robert Cionni, MD, Salt Lake City, both gave addresses to attendees. More than 40 years ago, ASCRS was founded to promote innovation and education in anterior segment surgery, Dr. Lewis said. "The focus on innovation remains as strong now as it was then." This past year was one of the best years in the history of the organization, he said. like things couldn't be worse, he said that the recent passage of the bill to repeal and replace the SGR shows that there has been some success. "We have done some things that for the last decade Congress could not achieve." He added that it's being done in a bipartisan manner. "We were able to negotiate, Republicans and Democrats togeth- er, without the world finding out," Rep. McCarthy said. He went on to explain the new law moves the system away from volume-based to one based on quality, outcomes, and efficiencies. In addition, he stressed continued on page 3 Rep. McCarthy speaks to attendees of the Special Joint Government Relations Session about healthcare and his experiences with Congress. Dr. Lewis transfers the ASCRS presidency to Dr. Cionni. continued on page 3

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