How Comanagement Reinvented Optometry


Michael Riviello, Associate Editor

Monday, October 17, 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—either through willful deceit or just simple inertia—took over. But the tide began to turn in the early 1980s as intrepid optometrists pushed back, demanding a role in clinical decision making commensurate with their ever-increasing skill set and burgeoning ranks.

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.

VSP Global and USC Launch Study and Pilot Test of Tech-Enabled Eyewear

By Andrew Karp
Monday, August 22, 2016 12:30 AM RANCHO CORDOVA, Calif.—The University of Southern California (USC) Center for Body Computing (CBC) and VSP Global are launching an academic study and consumer pilot test with the latest version of VSP’s tech-enabled eyewear, Level.

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.

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.

CMS Publishes Final Rule Which Improves Medicare Payments to Accountable Care Organizations

By Staff
Friday, June 10, 2016 12:30 AM BALTIMORE—The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has released a final rule improving how Medicare pays Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) in the Medicare Shared Savings Program for delivering better patient care.

Larry Clark Named CEO of iCare Health Solutions

By Staff
Monday, May 23, 2016 12:21 AM MIAMI—iCare Health Solutions has announced the appointment of Larry Clark as the company’s new CEO. Clark assumed the responsibilities last month and will continue to report to Dr. Sidney J. Stern, OD, president and chairman.

VSP Global Names 2016 Chairman of the Board

By Staff
Monday, May 2, 2016 12:30 AM RANCHO CORDOVA, Calif.—The VSP Global board of directors named Daniel L. Mannen, OD, FAAO, as chairman of the board for a two-year term.

VSP Vision Care Survey Finds U.S. Teens Have Spent One-Third of Their Life Staring at Screens

By Staff
Wednesday, April 20, 2016 12:24 AM RANCHO CORDOVA, Calif.—Although many parents worry about how much time their teenagers spend glued to their smartphones, tablets and other digital devices, most are unaware of how it affects their children’s vision and overall health.

Centerbridge Partners Completes Acquisition of Superior Vision

By Staff
Monday, April 11, 2016 12:23 AM PROVIDENCE, R.I.—Nautic Partners, LLC announced on Friday that Nautic Partners VI, L.P. and Nautic Partners VI-A, L.P. have completed the sale of Superior Vision Corporation, a leader in managed vision care, to affiliated funds of Centerbridge Partners, L.P., a private investment firm. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

AOA and ADA Urge Support of Dental and Optometric Care Access Act

By Staff
Friday, March 25, 2016 12:27 AM WASHINGTON, D.C.— Legislative efforts surrounding the issue of "health care consumer access" via certain insurance plans are increasing.