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At this time of increasing regulatory pressures on our profession, all ophthalmologists are urged to use the services of the Joint Commission on Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology (JCAHPO). By providing both an umbrella function and a forum, JCAHPO has given ophthalmologists a unifying mechanism never before attained. There is now agreement by the representatives of all of the major ophthalmological organizations of the United States and Canada on the Essentials of Certification and the Criteria for Certification of Ophthalmic Medical Assistants.
As nonmedical groups become more aggressive in their demands, the growing need for certification of our assistants is apparent. Public awareness of the "quality" of health care makes it necessary for us as ophthalmologists to prove our assertion that the measurements and services of our assistants are performed at a high level of expertise. We know that the level is high; now we are asked to demonstrate it.
Monahan RH. Joint Commission on Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology. Arch Ophthalmol. 1975;93(7):471. doi:10.1001/archopht.1975.01010020487001
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