Thurs., April 10 (morning) -- Illinois ophthalmologists attended the constituent coffee hosted by US Senators Dick Durbin and Mark Kirk.  This came on the day after the Medicare physician data was released, so this was an issue on everybody's mind.  We were immediately recognized by Senator Durbin who was very sympathetic to physicians and actually defended the doctors who were portrayed in a somewhat unflattering light in the news media.  Drs. Sohail Hasan and Mat MacCumber took a lead in explaining some of the intricacies of the issue to the Senators, including addressing the issues of high costs of medications, as well as office overhead.  (click on blog entry title to view the a photo)