Wednesday, June 24, 2015 12:24 AM
AUSTIN, Texas—On Saturday, June 20, 2015, Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed Senate Bill 684
into law allowing private optometric practitioners to provide patients with materials from sources of their own choosing rather than being required to use those of managed vision care companies.
Monday, June 15, 2015 12:10 AM
Some medical professionals fear it because it will dramatically change the codes they use for reimbursement. Some mock it because the codes are so specific they can be as bizarre as “burn due to water-skis on fire” and “stabbed while crocheting.” But all realize that by Oct. 1, 2015, the switch from ICD-9 to ICD-10 will be unavoidable.
Monday, June 15, 2015 12:00 AM
FRANKLIN LAKES, N.J.—At The Power Practice, we work with hundreds of doctors who are constantly challenged with improving their practice workflow using EHR and practice management technology.
Sunday, June 14, 2015 12:27 AM
AUSTIN, Texas—The Texas legislature has approved a bill that prohibits managed vision care companies from requiring providers of optometric care to use an optical laboratory the vision plan owns.
Wednesday, June 10, 2015 12:24 AM
SACRAMENTO, Calif.—VSP Global
announced that Kate Renwick-Espinosa, current VSP Global chief marketing officer, has been appointed to president of VSP Vision Care
, effective Oct.1, 2015.
Monday, May 25, 2015 12:18 AM
NEW YORK— The Wall Street Journal focused on VSP Global’s new health-tracking eyeglasses for the “exploding market in the wearables space” in a video interview
with VSP’s Jim McGrann earlier this week on Tues., May 19, 2015.
Friday, May 22, 2015 12:21 AM
COLUMBUS, Ohio—In its new role as an incubator of eyewear and eyecare technology, VSP Global
has gifted $500,000 to The Ohio State University College of Optometry, creating the “VSP Global Technology and Innovation Endowed Fund.”
Wednesday, May 20, 2015 12:27 AM
MINNEAPOLIS—Security Life Insurance Company of America
has added four more states to the 36 in which the ancillary benefits provider launched
its stand-alone vision insurance offerings in March 2015. The company’s PrimeStar Individual Vision Insurance is now available in Arizona, Kansas, Ohio and New Jersey.
Wednesday, May 20, 2015 12:24 AM
MINNETONKA, Minn.—A new UnitedHealthcare
study shows that 57 percent of patients with chronic conditions who receive a comprehensive eye exam became re-engaged with a primary care physician or specialist in managing their ongoing illness. In addition, the study also showed that employers that adopt integrated eye health and medical benefits, along with health and wellness programs, may improve employee well-being and reduce medical costs.
Friday, May 08, 2015 12:15 AM
RANCHO CORDOVA, Calif.—VSP Optics Group
is opening a new VSPOne Optical Technology Center in Denver, Colo. VSP said the new laboratory was established to help meet growing demand for its Unity Performance Optics products in the Southwest region.
Saturday, April 25, 2015 12:04 AM
Private health insurance exchanges are expected to grow substantially and dramatically change the way employers provide health care, including vision, to employees.
Monday, April 20, 2015 12:04 AM
In three to five years, more than one-quarter of employers are considering moving to a private exchange, according to recent surveys by Aon Hewitt and Mercer, both of which manage private exchanges that include vision benefit options.
Monday, April 20, 2015 12:03 AM
Broadly defined, private exchanges are websites that enable consumers to compare and purchase health insurance, typically with a defined contribution provided by their employer. Most are operated either by insurance companies themselves, benefit consultants, or technology platforms. (Private exchanges should not be confused with the public health insurance exchanges established as a result of the Affordable Care Act, see “Public vs. Private: What’s the Difference?”)
Monday, April 20, 2015 12:02 AM
Initially launched in 2012 as a direct-to-consumer marketplace, Spendwell has morphed into an e-commerce platform in which consumers can spend defined contributions provided by their employer. Not a private exchange in the sense that consumers can select health insurance plans from the website, Spendwell is instead an online marketplace where people can shop and buy health care services directly from providers.
Friday, April 17, 2015 12:27 AM
WASHINGTON, D.C.—The U.S. Senate approved a $145 billion health care reform bill (H.R.2) on April 14, 2015, that includes a permanent repeal of the Medicare Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR).