Guardian Agrees to Acquire Avesis, Leading Government Benefit Provider

By Staff
Wednesday, December 23, 2015 12:24 AM NEW YORK—The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America, a leader in employee benefits and one of the largest dental insurers in the country, has entered into an agreement to acquire Avesis Incorporated , a leading government contract vision, dental and hearing provider.

The Switch to ICD-10: W56.22xA Struck by Orca, Initial Encounter

By Staff
Tuesday, December 22, 2015 12:06 AM Oct. 1, 2015 marked the switch from ICD-9 to the new ICD-10 codes. Despite the protests from medical groups, the government made it clear that the 10th Revision, would be the only way for providers to get paid for any insurance claims. Ghergich & Co, a design agency, got together with Quill, a product supplier to small businesses, to create this amusing graphic that looks at Silly ICD-10 Codes Showing the Crazy Ways People Injure Themselves.

UnitedHealthcare’s Vision Plan Ranks Highest in J.D. Power 2015 Vision Plan Member Satisfaction Reports

By Staff
Wednesday, December 9, 2015 12:21 AM WESTLAKE VILLAGE, Calif.— UnitedHealthcare ranked highest in customer satisfaction with vision plan carriers, according to the J.D. Power 2015 Vision Plan Satisfaction Report. The company performed particularly well in coverage, cost and communications, according to the report.

Cigna Shareholders Approve Pending Merger With Anthem

By Staff
Monday, December 7, 2015 12:24 AM BLOOMFIELD, Conn.—Cigna Corp. (NYSE: CI) announced that during a special shareholder meeting held Dec. 3, its shareholders voted to approve the adoption of the merger agreement with Anthem, Inc. dated July 23, 2015.

Medicare Fee Schedule for 2016 Contains AOA-Backed Policies

By Staff
Friday, November 13, 2015 12:15 AM WASHINGTON, D.C.—Medicare's 2016 Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) contains several AOA-backed policies that promote greater access to doctors of optometry for America's Medicare beneficiaries, according to an announcement from the AOA.

MESVision’s Shappet to Serve as Interim NAVCP Chair After VSP Global President/CEO McGrann Steps Down

By Staff
Monday, October 12, 2015 12:21 AM CHICAGO—The National Association of Vision Care Plans (NAVCP) has named MESVision CEO Aspasia Shappet chairwoman after the board’s vote of confidence at its annual strategic planning meeting held here last month.

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Releases Final Rules for the EHR Incentive Program

By Staff
Friday, October 9, 2015 12:33 AM WASHINGTON, D.C.—The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released their final rules for the electronic health records (EHRs) incentive programs on Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015.

Ancillary Insurance Company, Renaissance, Partners With VSP to Expand Bundled Selling Approach

By Staff
Friday, October 2, 2015 12:33 AM INDIANAPOLIS—Renaissance, an ancillary insurance carrier based here, has partnered with VSP Vision Care to form Renaissance Vision to expand its suite of ancillary insurance solutions.

Optical Organizations Release Resources to Help With Transition to ICD-10

By Staff
Monday, September 28, 2015 12:21 AM LOUISVILLE, Ky.—With ICD-10 scheduled to go into effect on Oct. 1, 2015, the National Association of Vision Care Plans, as well as other optical organizations, have released resources to help with the transition.

Anthem Names Nicholas Brecker President of Specialty Business, Including Vision

By Staff
Monday, September 14, 2015 11:00 AM INDIANAPOLIS—Anthem, Inc. announced that Nicholas (Nick) Brecker has been selected as president of Anthem’s specialty business, which includes vision among other categories.

VSP Vision Care Names Warren Laird VP of Business Development for Accountable Care Organizations

By Staff
Friday, August 21, 2015 12:27 AM RANCHO CORDOVA—VSP Vision Care has named Warren Laird vice president of accountable care organizations (ACOs) business development.

The Boeing Company Selects Davis Vision to Provide Benefits

By Staff
Wednesday, August 19, 2015 12:27 AM SAN ANTONIO—The Boeing Company has selected Davis Vision to provide vision insurance benefits for its eligible employees, retirees and their dependents, effective Jan. 1, 2016.

Cigna to Discontinue VSP Vision Care’s Integrated Primary EyeCare Program in Kentucky

By Staff
Wednesday, July 29, 2015 12:21 AM FRANKFORT, Ky.—In response to a new Kentucky state law (HB 465), Cigna will discontinue VSP Vision Care’s Integrated Primary EyeCare Program (IPEC), effective Sept. 15, 2015.

Anthem to Acquire Cigna Corp., Creating New Health Care Giant

By Staff
Friday, July 24, 2015 9:30 AM INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. and BLOOMFIELD, Conn.—Anthem, Inc. (NYSE: ANTM) and Cigna Corp. (NYSE: CI) announced today that they have entered into a definitive agreement for Anthem to acquire Cigna.

#HerStory

By VM Staff
Monday, July 20, 2015 12:10 AM NEW YORK—Coming up with a theme for this Special Report year after year is no easy task. Some of us on the editorial team have been profiling optical’s Influential Women since VM’s Special Report began way back in 2003. The challenge is always the same: finding a theme that is fresh and dynamic, like the Influential Women themselves.
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