VMail ProductWatch for 7-26-16

By Staff
Tuesday, July 26, 2016 9:40 AM A weekly update on the latest in frame, sun, spectacle lens and contact lens line collections and additions.

In This Edition...

Silhouette: Titan Accent
Tura: Brendel by Talbot

Luxottica Reports Modest Growth in First Half of 2016

By Staff
Monday, July 25, 2016 3:45 PM MILAN—Luxottica Group S.p.A. (NYSE:LUX) reported today modest gains in net sales and adjusted net income for the first half of 2016 ending June 30.

Luxury Optical Holdings Names Timothy Mayhew CEO, Outlines Strategic Growth Plan

By Staff
Monday, July 25, 2016 1:30 PM NEW YORK—Luxury Optical Holdings (LOH) announced today that it has named Timothy Mayhew as CEO, effective immediately.

Anfao: The New Board

By Staff
Monday, July 25, 2016 12:25 AM The new Board of Governors of the Confindustria association that unites the most important companies in the eyewear sector was elected on July 7 during the Anfao General Meeting.

Anthem Criticizes Justice Department’s Efforts to Block Its Proposed Merger With Cigna

By Staff
Monday, July 25, 2016 12:24 AM INDIANAPOLIS—Health insurance giant Anthem is strongly criticizing the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) for attempting to block Anthem’s proposed acquisition of rival insurer, Cigna.

Second Sight Announces Positive Five-Year Data from Argus II Retinal Prosthesis System

By Staff
Monday, July 25, 2016 12:21 AM SYLMAR, Calif.—Second Sight Medical Products announced that a five-year study of patients who have the Argus II artificial retina implant has yielded positive results.

Valeant’s New Glaucoma Drug Raises No Safety or Efficacy Concerns With FDA

By Staff
Monday, July 25, 2016 12:18 AM LAVAL, Quebec—Valeant Pharmaceuticals International (NYSE: VRX and TSX: VRX) announced that it has received a Complete Response Letter (CRL) from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regarding the New Drug Application (NDA) for latanoprostene bunod ophthalmic solution, 0.024 percent, an intraocular pressure lowering single-agent eye drop for patients with open angle glaucoma or ocular hypertension.

Gary Gerber, OD, Shares His Practice Advice on July 27 ‘Power Hour’

By Staff
Monday, July 25, 2016 12:15 AM FRANKLIN LAKES, N.J.—On the July 27 ‘Power Hour,” the weekly broadcast hosted by Gary Gerber, OD, founder of The Power Practice, he will share his Power Practice client list of “If I’d only known then what I know now” advice.

[Partner Post] 50 Questions: An OD’s Guide for Talking to Software Vendors

By Jobson Staff Writer
Monday, July 25, 2016 12:10 AM

As an OD your time is valuable, especially if you are also the CEO of your practice. If that’s the case, you’re juggling much more than just seeing patients, and it can be hard to find time to meet with vendors about the latest products on the market that can take your practice to the next level. So when you do find the time, it’s important that you’re prepared so you can get as much as possible out of each conversation.

Management Plus Launches Revenue Cycle Solutions

By CLICK Staff
Monday, July 25, 2016 12:05 AM

NEW YORK—ManagementPlus is launching its Revenue Cycle Solutions (RCS) software, designed specifically for the needs of eyecare practices.


An Overview of Spain

By Staff
Friday, July 22, 2016 12:25 AM Can we start talking about “Made in Spain”? This was our question to Joaquim Gomicia, President of AEO - the Spanish Association of Manufacturing, Importing and Distribution Companies in the Optical Industry.

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Release Proposed Medicare Fee Schedule

By Staff
Friday, July 22, 2016 12:24 AM NEW YORK—A proposed rule for Medicare's 2017 Physician Fee Schedule contains several policies that will impact doctors of optometry participating in postoperative care, diabetes care and Medicare Advantage plans.

Prevent Blindness Holds 5th Annual Focus on Eye Health National Summit

By Staff
Friday, July 22, 2016 12:21 AM WASHINGTON, D.C.—On July 13, Prevent Blindness held its 5th annual Focus on Eye Health National Summit at the National Press Club here and featured presentations from a variety of leading experts in vision and public health. The full webcast and copies of the all the presentations can be found here.

Justice Department and State Attorneys General Sue to Block Health Insurers’ Mega-Mergers

By Staff
Friday, July 22, 2016 12:18 AM WASHINGTON—The U.S. Department of Justice and attorneys general from multiple states and the District of Columbia sued yesterday to block Anthem’s proposed acquisition of Cigna and Aetna’s proposed acquisition of Humana, alleging that the transactions would increase concentration and harm competition across the country, reducing from five to three the number of large, national health insurers in the nation.

ABB Optical Group Awards $5,000 Grant to UIW Rosenberg School of Optometry

By Staff
Friday, July 22, 2016 12:15 AM CORAL SPRINGS, Fla.—ABB Optical Group announced that the UIW Rosenberg School of Optometry won the first University Education Challenge, a program hosted by ABB Optical and Paragon Vision Sciences to support aspiring optometrists. The school received a $5,000 unrestricted educational grant.