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Jul 2013

Jonathan Dong ’16 Wins Second Place in Memmys Competition for “Thrift Opt”

It already went viral, with nearly 70,000 views and more than 1,000 likes on YouTube. Now, Jonathan Dong’s “Thrift Opt” video is an award winner, too, nabbing second in the University of South Carolina’s Medical Emmys competition. The first-ever student video contest drew 29 entries from health professions schools from across the country and around the world. ICO’s library will receive a $1,500 award as a result…

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Jun 2013

Medicaid Corrects Reimbursement Inequity for ODs

After months of work by the Illinois Optometric Association and the Illinois Eye Institute, Medicaid recently corrected an error that was causing unequal treatment in the Medicaid system between optometrists and medical doctors. Following the state’s implementation of the SMART Act in 2012, the reimbursement rates of many services, including those provided at the IEI, were reduced by 2.7 percent. Going forward, this reduction will apply only…

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May 2013

ICO Students Excel on NBEO Part I

The National Board of Examiners in Optometry recently released statistics on the Part I Basic Science exam, administered on ICO’s campus March 19 and 20. The pass rate for ICO first-time test-takers was 96.6 percent, and ICO’s overall pass rate was 95.3 percent. The national overall pass rate was 79 percent.


Apr 2013

Rep. Tammy Duckworth to Give Commencement Address

The honorable U.S. Rep. L. Tammy Duckworth will serve as the keynote speaker for the 170th ICO Commencement Ceremony to be held at 11:00 a.m., May 18, at Rockefeller Chapel. Duckworth will receive the honorary degree, Doctor of Humane Letters, during the ceremony. “Not only is Rep. Duckworth a distinguished member of Congress, she is a national hero and an amazing role model for our doctoral…

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Apr 2013

First Optometrist Named to State Health Board

Dr. Valarie Conrad, the Illinois College of Optometry’s vice president of compliance and community-based services, has been appointed to the Illinois State Board of Health by Gov. Pat Quinn. She is the first optometrist to be named to the advisory group. The board’s responsibilities include advising the department director on public health policy, emergencies, and control of health hazards; reviewing department rules and program proposals;…

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Apr 2013

Letter to the Editor: IEI Responds to “Scrubbing Medicaid”

This letter was published in the Chicago Tribune on April 10. To the Editor: “Scrubbing Medicaid” (editorial, March 31) highlights an important and overdue state initiative to purge ineligible people from the Medicaid rolls. But the audit process has had an unintended consequence: Some of our most vulnerable citizens are suddenly without the health care insurance they deserve. That’s because they are unaware that they…

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Apr 2013

NAP Inducts Three Alumni

The Illinois Eye Institute’s senior director of government and external affairs, Vince Brandys, OD ’90, along with fellow alumni Timothy Wingert, OD ’79 and Pete Kehoe, OD ’84, have been inducted into the National Academies of Practice. They were installed Saturday, April 5 during the NAP Membership Banquet and Induction Ceremony in Alexandria, Va.   The NAP is a nonprofit professional organization of distinguished practitioners…

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Apr 2013

Gov. Pat Quinn Visits IEI

On April 1, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn visited the Illinois Eye Institute, the state’s largest provider of vision and eye care services and a safety net for Chicago’s neediest residents. Several IEI doctors and Illinois College of Optometry students joined Illinois Optometric Association representatives in talking to Gov. Quinn about the recent changes to Medicaid, noting that the program needs to work for all Illinois…

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Mar 2013

ICO Faculty Excel on ABO Examination

Fifteen ICO faculty members recently achieved board certification from the American Board of Optometry. To become board certified, practicing optometrists must achieve eligibility and pass a comprehensive written examination. Drs. John Baker, Elyse Chaglasian, Juliana Grove, Erica Ittner, Valerie Kattouf, Stephanie Klemencic, Heather McLeod, Trisha Newman, Dominick Opitz, Andria Pihos, Daniel Roberts, Anne Rozwat, Ashley Speilburg, Wendy Stone, Angela To and Janis Winters passed the…

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Feb 2013

Prevent Blindness America Shoots PSA at ICO

On Feb. 28, Dr. Lisa Thornton shot a public service announcement for Prevent Blindness America on ICO’s campus. Dr. Thornton is a Chicago-based pediatrician who has commented for such media outlets as NBC, CBS, ABC and CNN. Design agency SparkFactor is producing the PSA. 

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