In Response to Court Rulings, Aetna-Humana and Cigna-Anthem Call an End to Merger Plans

By Staff
Wednesday, February 15, 2017 12:21 AM NEW YORK—Valentine’s Day was not so sweet for the four leading U.S. health plans. The sweeping consolidation of U.S. health plans will not come to fruition, at least in the combos of Aetna/Humana and Cigna/Anthem.

U.S. District Court Blocks Proposed Aetna-Humana Merger

By Staff
Wednesday, January 25, 2017 12:24 AM WASHINGTON, D.C.—The health insurance companies Aetna and Humana have been blocked in their attempt to merge their businesses by a federal judge, who issued a 158-page opinion preempting the deal.

CareCredit Marks 30 Years, Asks Cardholders to Submit Stories in New Contest

By Staff
Friday, January 20, 2017 12:18 AM COSTA MESA, Calif.—CareCredit, which offers a flexible payment option for at more than 200,000 locations across the U.S., is marking its 30th anniversary this year.

Unum Launches Vision Coverage Benefit Nationally as Follow-up to Starmount Deal

By Staff
Monday, January 16, 2017 12:18 AM CHATTANOOGA, Tenn.—Unum (NYSE:UNM), a leader in employee benefits, earlier this week said it is entering a new market with the launch of Unum Vision and Unum Dental, a move that was planned as a follow-up to its April 2016 acquisition of the parent company of Starmount Life Insurance Company and Always Care Benefits, an independent vision and dental benefits provider.

VSP Global’s Dan Mannen, OD, and VSP Vision Care’s Kate Renwick-Espinosa on Dec. 7 ‘Power Hour’

By Staff
Monday, December 5, 2016 12:15 AM FRANKLIN LAKES, N.J.—VSP Global’s board chair, Dan Mannen, OD, FAAO and VSP Vision Care president Kate Renwick-Espinosa are the guests on the Dec. 7 episode of “Power Hour,” the weekly broadcast hosted by Gary Gerber, OD, founder of The Power Practice.

Online Contact Lens Startup Sightbox Raises $1.8 Million

By Staff
Wednesday, November 30, 2016 12:18 AM PORTLAND, Ore.—The startup company Sightbox, which offers a membership-based supply service for contact lens wearers, has raised $1.8 million in a seed-round of funding.

New 2016 ECP Compensation Study Now Available

By Staff
Monday, November 28, 2016 12:18 AM NEW YORK—Jobson Optical Research, in conjunction with Local Eye Site, has announced that the 2016 Compensation Study is now available for eyecare providers.

Energeyes Announces Ignition Program for All Members to Better Prepare Practices in Medical

By Staff
Wednesday, November 23, 2016 12:18 AM PETALUMA, Calif—Energeyes Association is now launching an Ignition Program for all of its members in response to the need for information necessary to participate as a medical service provider, namely the implementation of electronic medical records (EHR), clearing house services for billing and credentialing on important insurance panels.

Keck School of Medicine of USC Interim Dean to Discuss Telemedicine at U.S. News & World Report Conference

By Staff
Monday, November 7, 2016 12:21 AM WASHINGTON—The fourth annual U.S. News & World Report Leadership Forum, "Healthcare of Tomorrow," features national thought leaders, including Rohit Varma, MD, MPH, interim dean of the Keck School of Medicine of USC and president of USC Care physician medical group, speaking on a range of topics that will shape the future of America's health care system.

How Comanagement Reinvented Optometry


Michael Riviello, Associate Editor

Thursday, October 27, 2016 12:28 AM The tempestuous relationship between optometrists and ophthalmologists historically favored MDs because of their positions of power and prestige in the medical community. ODs who referred patients to a local ophthalmologist most often lost them as the MD practice took over. But the tide began to turn in the early 1980s as intrepid optometrists pushed back, demanding a role in clinical decision making.

Eyefinity Taps Masoud Nafey, OD, to Head Professional Relations

By Staff
Friday, October 14, 2016 12:18 AM RANCHO CORDOVA, Calif.—Eyefinity, the practice management software division of VSP Global, has named Masoud Nafey, OD as vice president of professional relations.

VSP Vision Care Survey Takes Pulse of Americans on the Open Enrollment Process

By Staff
Monday, October 10, 2016 12:21 AM RANCHO CORDOVA, Calif.—Americans believe they are becoming more knowledgeable about the vision benefits offered by their employers, according to a new survey.

Evidence Links Vision Benefits to Healthy Vision Habits, NAVCP Reports

By Staff
Wednesday, September 28, 2016 12:33 AM LOUISVILLE, Ky.—With the open enrollment period set to begin for millions of Americans, the NAVCP is emphasizing the correlation between vision benefits and healthy eyecare habits.

VBA Announces Partnership With Costco Optical

By Staff
Wednesday, September 28, 2016 12:27 AM PITTSBURGH, Pa.—VBA has signed an agreement that will bring Costco Optical on-board as an eyecare provider in the VBA network, the companies announced Tuesday.

Highmark Posts Strong First Half 2016 Results

By Staff
Monday, September 26, 2016 12:23 AM PITTSBURGH—Highmark Health announced financial results for the six months ending June 30, 2016, reporting operating revenue of $9.3 billion, up from $8.7 billion in the year-ago period.