In Response to Pandemic, VSP Global Expands Access to Essential Medical Eyecare to All Insured Members

By Staff
Thursday, April 2, 2020 12:27 AM RANCHO CORDOVA, Calif.—To meet the needs of its members during the COVID-19 pandemic, VSP Global has expanded access to essential medical eyecare services to include all VSP Vision Care insured members and their covered dependents. The new policy, which VSP Global announced April 1, will provide access to services for 57 million insured VSP members who do not already have this benefit.

VSP Vision Care Launches 'Eyeballs Are Amazeballs' 2020 Campaign

By Staff
Friday, January 31, 2020 12:18 AM RANCHO CORDOVA, Calif.—VSP Vision Care announced the launch of its “Eyeballs Are Amazeballs” advertising campaign. Designed to celebrate our eyes, the national campaign encourages consumers to prioritize their eye health in 2020, including enrolling in a vision benefit plan and getting a comprehensive eye exam. The campaign creative and video honors all the amazing abilities of eyeballs, including serving as an important window into overall health, the company said. For those without vision benefits through an employer, the campaign points them to VSP Individual Vision Plans, which start as low as $13 a month, providing access to eyecare and eyewear through the country’s largest network of independent doctors. 

Versant Health’s First Vision Wellness Study Finds Americans Want More from Eyecare But Worry About the Costs

By Staff
Tuesday, January 28, 2020 12:15 AM BALTIMORE—Versant Health has released the results of its inaugural Vision Wellness Study, which explores Americans’ perceptions of eyecare and how it connects to and informs their overall health and wellness. The study explores the perceptions around a range of issues, from the frequency of eye exams, to highly valued vision services and cost-containment measures. The study found that most Americans will receive an eye exam in the next two years, if not sooner. Still, just 13 percent say they go to their eye doctor for both routine eyecare, such as glasses, and addressing potential symptoms of chronic conditions, despite the fact than an eye exam can non-invasively screen for upwards of 30 different chronic conditions, such as diabetes and hypertension.

Speakers Announced for LPGA’s Women’s Leadership Summit Presented by Versant Health

By Staff
Tuesday, January 7, 2020 12:15 AM
BALTIMORE—The inaugural Gainbridge LPGA at Boca Rio has announced several speakers for its upcoming Women's Leadership Summit presented by Versant Health. The half-day summit, scheduled for Jan. 21, will highlight female leaders from a variety of industries, creating a space to empower women, strengthen skills, build networks and inspire lasting change, according to the announcement this week. The summit, hosted at Boca Rio Golf Club in Boca Raton, Fla., will feature multiple sessions, including a panel headlined by female business leaders Blythe Masters and Sheryl Clark.

VSP Ventures Acquires Stockton’s Largest Optometric Practice, Brookside Optometric Group

By Staff
Friday, December 27, 2019 12:30 AM RANCHO CORDOVA, Calif.—VSP Ventures, a care-focused practice transition partner and a business unit of VSP Global, announced Thursday the acquisition of Brookside Optometric Group in Stockton, Calif. Founded in 1998 by the late Craig Hisaka, OD, Brookside Optometric Group was established after the five largest optometric practices in Stockton merged together, according to the announcement. The terms of the deal were not disclosed. VSP Ventures was launched in March 2019 as part of VSP Global’s expanded retail strategy, as VMAIL reported

VSP Vision Care Acquires Community Eye Care

By Staff
Tuesday, August 27, 2019 12:21 AM RANCHO CORDOVA, Calif.—VSP Vision Care has acquired Community Eye Care (CEC), a North Carolina-based vision benefits company that manages vision plans on behalf of employer groups and health insurers and has 252,000 members. Through this acquisition, VSP is expanding its business in the Southeastern region of the U.S. CEC will continue to operate independently to grow its business while both sides assess future integration and expansion opportunities, VSP said. “This acquisition is a part of our broader strategy of accelerating membership growth to help fulfill our vision of providing access to affordable, high-quality eyecare and eyewear to more people,” said Kate Renwick-Espinosa, president of VSP Vision Care.

CEO Rothrock: Making Investments for Superior Vision and Davis Stakeholders

By Mark Tosh
Monday, June 10, 2019 1:00 AM BALTIMORE—It’s been a busy first year for the managed vision care company Versant Health. Created by the merger of Davis Vision and Superior Vision in late 2017, Versant Health debuted as the corporate name for the “new” company in May 2018 and, after hitting the ground quickly, the company has continued to work at a steady pace to invest and reshape itself as an adept competitor in the managed vision care space over the past 12 months.

NAVCP’s Vision Health Summit Concludes With Discussions of Key Issues and Trends in Vision Care

By Staff
Wednesday, April 17, 2019 12:24 AM OXON HILL, Md.—The National Association of Vision Care Plans (NAVCP) wrapped up three days of meetings here at the MGM National Harbor on Tuesday afternoon after providing attendees with a comprehensive rundown on key health care issues at both the national and state levels, a discussion of blockchain and the possible opportunities it may open for managed care companies, and a report on myopia and the efforts under way to stop and reverse this threat.

Aspex Eyewear Inc. to Pay Settlement to VSP Global, Will Be Reinstated as VSP Vision Care In-Network Frame Provider

By Staff
Tuesday, April 16, 2019 12:21 AM RANCHO CORDOVA, Calif.—VSP Global and Aspex Eyewear, Inc. announced in a joint statement that Aspex has agreed to pay a financial settlement to VSP Global. Both parties have agreed to settle their disputes stemming from several lawsuits filed by Aspex Eyewear against VSP and Marchon Eyewear. Additionally, the parties announced that Aspex Eyewear will be reinstated as an in-network frame provider under VSP’s vision care insurance policies. As previously reported in VMAIL, VSP Vision Care dropped Aspex as an in-network provider citing “commercial disputes” between the two companies in 2010.

Warby Parker Now Available to People Enrolled in UnitedHealthcare Medicare Advantage Plans

By Staff
Wednesday, November 21, 2018 12:18 AM MINNETONKA, Minn.—Warby Parker’s prescription eyewear is now available to approximately two million people enrolled in UnitedHealthcare Medicare Advantage plans, either online at WarbyParker.com or at more than 80 Warby Parker stores nationwide. This marks the first time Warby Parker is accepting Medicare insurance. People enrolled in Medicare Advantage plans that include eyewear benefits through UnitedHealthcare Vision can purchase prescription eyewear from Warby Parker for little or no out-of-pocket cost, often for less than $50.

VSP Global Opens Contest to Name its New Mobile Eyecare Clinic

By Staff
Monday, September 17, 2018 12:15 AM RANCHO CORDOVA, Calif.—VSP Global, which in July announced it was doubling its commitment to provide no-cost eyecare to children and adults in need around the globe, is adding a new clinic to its Eyes of Hope mobile fleet later this year. As it expands the fleet’s operations, VSP also has launched a contest that allows people to vote on a name for the new mobile clinic. The existing mobile fleet, which operate under the Eyes of Hope banner, includes the vehicles SeeZar, SeeLia and Eyenstein.

OSU Student Wins 2018 Student Innovator Award Sponsored by VSP Global

By Staff

Wednesday, September 12, 2018 12:15 AM RANCHO CORDOVA, Calif.—VSP Global, The Rick Bay Foundation and The Ohio State University College of Optometry (OSU) announced Marielle Blumenthaler, a fourth-year OD student, as the first-ever recipient of the OSU Student Innovator Award. The award recognizes innovative, creative, and feasible ideas of a current student at different optometry schools. This is the first year OSU has offered the award. Blumenthaler’s winning idea proposes the integration of vision therapy services into elementary schools serving low-income students. The idea is to bring in sensory motor evaluations, vision therapy sessions, and progress checks to the school to neutralize barriers to care and to optimize children’s academic success.

UnitedHealthcare Launches Children’s Eye Health Program

By Staff
Wednesday, August 15, 2018 12:21 AM MINNETONKA, Minn.—UnitedHealthcare is launching a program that will improve access to comprehensive eye exams and prescription glasses for children across the country and help address their unique eye health challenges. UnitedHealthcare said its new Children’s Eye Care Program will help expand access to eye exams and glasses. The new benefits will be available to people enrolled in employer-sponsored and individual UnitedHealthcare vision plans across the country before the end of 2018. “As much as 80 percent of what children learn is through their eyes, so the inability to see can affect their physical, emotional and social development, and academic and athletic performance,” said Tom Wiffler, CEO of UnitedHealthcare Specialty Benefits.

Versant Health Names Hermosillo to Key Sales, Marketing and Client Management Position

By Staff

Tuesday, July 31, 2018 12:27 AM LINTHICUM, Md.—Versant Health, a national managed eye health and vision-plan company, has named Jeff Hermosillo as executive VP of sales, marketing and client management.

Versant Health Joins the LPGA as an Official Marketing Partner

By Staff
Thursday, June 7, 2018 12:21 AM DAYTONA BEACH, Fla.—The Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) announced this week that Versant Health (the new company formed by the combination of Davis Vision and Superior Vision) has been named an official marketing partner.