Practice Resources

As essential providers, Kansas optometrists continue to play a role in the overall health care delivery system during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Kansas optometrists, like other primary health care providers across the country, initially limited care to just focus on emergency/urgent eye care to keep patient's out of over-burdened hospital emergency departments and postponed non-urgent care to a future time when the shelter-at-home orders were lifted and life would begin to return to normal.

Based on new guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and the Kansas State Board of Examiners in Optometry, the Kansas Optometric Association is encouraging practices to ready their practices to gradually begin including more non-urgent care for their patients, in line with state and local health care policies.

The KOA has compiled suggestions for best practices and guidelines for optometric practices as they begin to re-open to non-urgent care. These guidelines are designed to provide a framework for individual optometrists and their staff members to use to develop their own protocols for keeping patients and employees safe under the new normal. Many practices have already implemented most, if not all, of these protocols while providing urgent/emergency care for patients. Please note that these are recommendations and that each practice will have to determine what works best for their offices based on space restrictions, patient populations and protective equipment availability.

We will update these as new information becomes available, but encourage practices to regularly monitor and follow guidance from appropriate federal, state and local authorities.  The guidelines are below, along with those from the AOA, White House, and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Resources

As we move forward, we are working with other health professionals, the AOA and others to put together resources for members as they transition their practices to see more than just urgent/emergency care patients. Part of this discussion revolves around putting together protocols to insuring the safety of your patients and your staff. One element of this will be the availability of appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE). Below is information about PPE available through AOA Excel.

  • Together with GPO partner Intalere, AOAExcel is doing everything possible to gain assured access to supplies of personal protective equipment (PPE). Given shortages nationwide, the situation remains fluid but we absolutely recognize the immediate interest of our doctors and the urgent need the profession is facing. They encourage the following:
  • For doctors/practices already enrolled in AOAExcel's GPO program:  Immediately contact Intalere's Operational Continuity & Emergency Management team at 877.711.5600 or emergencyresponse@intalere.com to receive vendor information, updates directly from the manufacturing supply chain and information on non-traditional PPE providers. (Intalere member number is required. If not known, it can be accessed by contact the AOAExcel team at aoaexcel@aoa.org.).
  • For doctors/practices not yet enrolled in AOAExcel's GPO program: Click here to provide basic registration information. The process can be completed in 3-4 business days.

Free breath shield can be ordered for slit lamps — ask your vendor:

Resource for Masks, Gloves, Hand Sanitizer Bowen Pharmacy in Parsons, Kansas — Identify yourself as a KS Optometrist: Call/text to 620-778-5740

Find face shields here.

Find masks at Scrub Hub in Topeka ((785) 272-8080).

Contact Green Earth Medical's to purchase hand sanitizer at 913-914-WASH.

Find a UV disnfectant machine here.

If you are having difficulty obtaining PPE for your office, please send an email to todd@kansasoptometric.org.

Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act

The U.S. House of Representatives passed the coronavirus stimulus bill Friday and sent the package to President Donald Trump for his signature. The Senate approved the $2 trillion package Thursday. The House voted to approve the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act midday Friday. The bill will now go to President Donald Trump for his signature. Click here to see the guide.

Use the CARES Loan Spending Tracker