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2017 ASCRS Los Angeles Daily Sunday

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ASCRS•ASOA SYMPOSIUM & CONGRESS, SAN DIEGO 2015 Sunday, May 7, 2017 digital.eyeworld.org EyeWorld Daily News • The official ASCRS•ASOA Show Daily Dr. Coburn shares with attendees "What's Killing Healthcare." by Ellen Stodola EyeWorld Senior Staff Writer T he 2017 ASCRS•ASOA Sym- posium & Congress official- ly kicked off on Saturday morning with its Opening General Session. Attendees were first welcomed by ASCRS Program Chair Edward Holland, MD, Cincinnati. He said this year's meeting looks to be "one of the best meetings ever," with more than 7,000 attendees from more than 100 countries. Dr. Hol- land noted that this year's meeting is celebrating the return to Los Angeles, where it hasn't been since 1990. Los Angeles was the site of continued on page 5 by Ellen Stodola EyeWorld Senior Staff Writer T his year, the Special Joint ASCRS•ASOA Government Relations General Session was held on Friday evening and featured former senator Tom Coburn, MD. He focused his address on "What's Killing Health- care." Dr. Coburn is a former Repub- lican senator from Oklahoma who has an extensive background in healthcare and politics. He started by asking attendees to think about what healthcare in America should be like. First, he stressed several key points about excessive costs in American healthcare. He said that $800 billion a year is spent in American healthcare that doesn't help anyone get well and does not keep anyone from getting sick. Additionally, Dr. Coburn said that there is $100–125 billion in fraud in Medicare and Medicaid alone. That number is static, despite efforts in this area. Another problem we face is "there's no connection between the cost of something and the out- come," he said, stressing that he thinks there needs to be a mar- ket-based solution to help solve ASCRS meeting kicks off with Opening General Session Government Relations session examines 'What's Killing Healthcare' continued on page 5 nine of the first 15 ASCRS meetings, he said. Also this year is the cele- bration of the 50th anniversary of phaco, the "innovative technology that revolutionized cataract surgery worldwide," he said. At this year's meeting, there are more than 1,500 papers, posters, courses, symposia, and Skills Trans- fer sessions, Dr. Holland said, as well as the annual Film Festival. Additionally, it is a joint meeting with the APACRS, so there will be several combined sessions, The first Steinert Refractive Lecture, named in honor of Roger Steinert, MD, took place at the inaugural ASCRS Refractive Day on Friday. The lecture was given by Douglas Koch, MD, on the topic of "Challenges in IOL Calculations with Post-Op and Ectatic Cornea." Look for expanded coverage in the June EyeWorld.

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