Kentucky academy of eye physicians and surgeons

Membership benefits

The Kentucky Academy of Eye Physicians and Surgeons is the only state membership organization devoted specifically to the needs and concerns of Kentucky ophthalmologists. The organization strives to provide educational opportunities to you and your staff as well as representing your interests in the state legislature and keep you updated on important issues. As a member of KAEPS, you will have access to a wide variety of important information and publications to assist you in your practice and delivering quality care to your patients.

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Membership in KAEPS brings with it many rewards. Top-notch clinical and socio-economic educational seminars, a strong voice with the Kentucky Legislature, and comprehensive publications are just a few of the advantages of KAEPS membership.

The savings of being a member of KAEPS add up: 
  • Attendance at the KAEPS Spring Meeting - Members save $200
  • Attendance at the KAEPS Fall Meeting - $0
  • Attendance of one staff member at KAEPS CodeQuest Seminar - Members save $215
  • Attendance of each additional staff member at CodeQuest Seminar - Members save $230 each attendee at seminar
  • Subscription to EyeTalk, KAEPS' members-only e-newsletter

The following is a list of additional benefits available to active members of the KAEPS:

Educational Programs - During the Spring Annual Meeting, KAEPS sponsors a number of educational programs for members and their staff. KAEPS also sponsors an ophthalmology specific session during the KMA Fall Meeting. Additional educational activities are scheduled as necessary for the members and their staff.

Legislative/Regulatory Advocacy and PAC - KAEPS retains a lobbying firm and has a strong relationship with the Kentucky Medical Association to represent you and your practice and ensure that quality eye care, professionalism, and unrestricted access to patients are met. The KAEPS lobbyist firm and KAEPS Executive Staff monitor all legislative as well as regulatory committees affecting ophthalmology. In addition, KAEPS administers the Kentucky Ophthalmology Political Action Committee (KOPAC).

Patient Referral - KAEPS member names are referenced when members of the public inquire about finding an ophthalmologist.

Publications - KAEPS offers its members up-to-date information on all activities and issues involving KAEPS and the ophthalmologic profession through its e-newsletter Eye Talk.

Public Relations Campaigns - KAEPS promotes the profession of ophthalmology, and KAEPS members in particular, through attendance at numerous health fairs and exhibits and through the use of media releases.

Reimbursement Consulting and Seminars - KAEPS utilizes the American Academy of Ophthalmology to assist members with third party reimbursement questions. In addition, annually KAEPS sponsors the AAO CodeQuest coding seminars on Medicare for members and their staff on the latest rules and regulations.

Seminar and Meeting Discounts - KAEPS members receive member-only discounted rates on all KAEPS sponsored meetings and seminars.

Voice in the AAO
- KAEPS members gain a collective voice in policy development and programs with the American Academy of Ophthalmology through the Council representative.

Website - The KAEPS maintains a website with valuable educational materials, calendar of events, legislative information, a Find An Eye MD search engine which displays only KAEPS members, and the ability to list the member's practice website address.

OMIC Malpractice Insurance Discounts - KAEPS has entered into an educational alliance with The Ophthalmic Mutual Insurance Company (OMIC). This alliance provides the opportunity to significantly reduce medical malpractice premiums during the next several years by offering a 10 percent risk management discount to KAEPS members. OMIC is the largest insurer of ophthalmologists in the United States and is the only carrier dedicated specifically to the specialty. Click here to get your quote from OMIC.
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