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ABCO Elects to Not Seek CMS Approval of It's MOC ProcessThe ABCO has decided it is not in the best interests of the ABCO, our ABCO Fellows, or optometrists in general, for ABCO to seek approval from CMS for its MOC process. While ABCO recognizes that the ABO is currently pursuing the approval, we believe optometrists are not well served by pursuing the 0.5% add-on payment, and may not even be entitled to the payment if they do the work required to otherwise qualify. A full explanation of why ABCO, like most other board certification entities, has chosen to not pursue this approval is contained in the article, Why ABCO Is Not Seeking CMS Approval At This Time.
ABCO Announces First Sub-Specialty CertificationThe ABCO has announced plans to begin offering ABCO Certification in Ocular Disease beginning in the summer of 2011. Details of the certification program are available here.
New ABCO Fee StructureIn response to many requests, the ABCO Board of Directors has announced an exciting new fee structure for ABCO Certification, effective January 1, 2011. The Board looks forward to making ABCO Certification more accessible to more doctors. The old fee structure ($650 application fee) remains in place for the remainder of 2010, though new applicants may opt for the new fee structure if they wish.
Effective January 1, 2011, the fee for obtaining ABCO Certification will be $350.00. There will be an annual $95 fee for your continued membership as a Fellow of the American Board of Clinical Optometry (FABCO).
Please click here for details on how to apply for ABCO Certification.
Change to ABCO Application ProcessEffective immediately, applications for ABCO Certification cannot be approved and ABCO certification cannot be granted until your NPDB report has been received by the ABCO. To facilitate application processing, please order your NPDB report when or before you submit your application. NPDB reports can be sent with your application or under separate cover, but your application will not be considered complete until the report is received. To order your NPDB report please click here. Remember, NPDB reports must be sent to the ABCO in their original, unopened, envelope.
ABCO To Begin Developing Sub-Specialty CertificationThe ABCO Board of Directors has selected four areas in which to begin the process of establishing specialty certification. The first four areas for ABCO sub-specialty certification will be in the optometric sub-specialties of:
- Neuro-Rehabilitative Optometry
- Advanced Primary Care