James Reid Named CEO of Versant Health, a MetLife Company, as Kirk Rothrock Announces Retirement

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Friday, January 15, 2021 12:30 AM Versant Health names new CEO, Aflac adds vision and dental insurance, optical sales continue resurgence, EyeSouth Partners expands network and EyeCare Partners adds Texas practices all topped this week’s VMAIL news feed. Click on the headlines below to catch up on anything you might have missed.

Aflac Expands Product Offerings With New Vision and Dental Insurance

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Thursday, January 14, 2021 12:30 AM COLUMBUS, Ga.—Aflac (NYSE: AFL), a leading provider of supplemental insurance products, announced this week the national launch of Aflac Vision and Dental Insurance, which the company said marks its “expansion into offering products based on a provider network.” As a component of the insurer's continual growth strategy, the new coverage allows Aflac to offer even more of the key benefits that businesses desire to remain competitive and help attract and retain top talent, the announcement noted.

MetLife Announces Completion of Acquisition of Versant Health

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Wednesday, January 13, 2021 12:27 AM NEW YORK—MetLife (NYSE: MET) said this week that its previously announced acquisition of managed vision care company Versant Health has been completed.

New National Marketing Campaign Launches to Support Premier Program Practices

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Monday, December 21, 2020 12:30 AM RANCHO CORDOVA, Calif.—VSP Global announced the launch of a new national marketing campaign that debuted Dec. 17. VSP said the campaign is part of its ongoing commitment to support and reinvest in private practice doctors participating in the Premier Program. The ad campaign is designed to encourage VSP members to choose a Premier Program practice for their annual comprehensive eye exam and other eyecare needs. The campaign is visible here at the VSP Provider hub. Advertising will run nationally for two weeks across broadcast television, radio, streaming services, social media, and search.

VSP Global and Essilor Reach Agreement on Formulary

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Friday, December 18, 2020 1:45 PM RANCHO CORDOVA, Calif., and DALLAS—With a focus on supporting independent optometry, VSP Global and Essilor announced they have reached an agreement "that further promotes choice for doctors and patients while bolstering a competitive marketplace for their collective stakeholders now and in the future." With this agreement in place, VSP Global will not proceed with changes to its formulary planned for Jan. 1, 2021. After extensive efforts from both companies in what has been a difficult year, the two organizations arrived at a solution that will allow each to further reinvest in programs and services that benefit doctors, patients, and ultimately the industry, the announcement said.

Aetna Vision Earns Top Rating Among Eight Vision Plans Ranked by J.D. Power

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Wednesday, November 11, 2020 12:18 AM TROY, Mich.—Overall customer satisfaction among vision plan members has decreased in 2020, driven by a decrease in reimbursement and plan cost, according to the J.D. Power 2020 U.S. Vision Plan Satisfaction Report.

VSP Global and the American Academy of Optometry Foundation Announce 2020 Practice Excellence Scholarship Recipients

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Friday, October 30, 2020 12:21 AM RANCHO CORDOVA, Calif.—VSP Global and the American Academy of Optometry Foundation (AAOF), the philanthropic arm of the American Academy of Optometry (AAO), announced the recipients of this year’s Practice Excellence Scholarship.

Versant Health Releases New White Paper About Telemedicine in Eyecare

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Monday, September 28, 2020 12:18 AM BALTIMORE— While many medical specialties have heavily relied upon telehealth as a means to observe, interact with and evaluate patients, “ocular telemedicine requires a slightly different approach when it comes to managing eye health,” according to a new white paper issued by Versant Health.

UnitedHealthcare Selected to Provide Vision and Dental Benefits for Federal Government Employees

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Friday, September 25, 2020 12:36 AM MINNETONKA, Minn.—UnitedHealthcare has been awarded a seven-year contract to provide dental and vision benefits through the Federal Employees Dental and Vision Insurance Program (FEDVIP).

Eyesafe, UnitedHealthcare Vision and TUV Rheinland Group Announce Blue Light Summit

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Wednesday, September 16, 2020 12:27 AM SHANGHAI, CHINA, BERLIN, GERMANY and MINNEAPOLIS, U.S.—EyesafeUnitedHealthcare Vision and TUV Rheinland Group yesterday announced the Blue Light Summit 2020, a live global event on Oct. 15 that will highlight health issue and solutions from the world’s largest brands in electronics and health care.

VSP Global Appoints Tiffanie Burkhalter President of VSP Ventures

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Tuesday, September 1, 2020 12:24 AM RANCHO CORDOVA, Calif.—VSP Global announced today the promotion of Tiffanie Burkhalter as president of VSP Ventures. In this role, Burkhalter will lead the company’s business unit designed to provide care-focused choices for doctors of optometry looking to transition their practices. Burkhalter succeeds Steve Baker, who is retiring after more than 20 years with VSP.  

Versant Health Expects to Debut New Workplace Optical Clinics With Befitting in 2021

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Monday, August 31, 2020 12:21 AM BALTIMORE—Managed vision care company Versant Health expects to launch the first of its on-site workplace optical clinics with partner Befitting in 2021, the company told VMAIL late last week.

Versant Health Announces Collaboration With Befitting

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Thursday, August 27, 2020 12:30 AM BALTIMORE—Managed vision care company Versant Health announced Wednesday that it will collaborate with Befitting an innovative eyewear provider, to bring vision care to workplaces through on-site optical clinics. The new business relationship provides Versant Health clients with convenient access to comprehensive in-network eyecare and an advanced eyewear shopping experience through fully equipped pop-up centers in their workplaces, according to the announcement.

Upcoming #AskAOA Webinar to Examine 'Vision Plan Policies That Restrict, Undervalue Care'

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Friday, August 7, 2020 12:27 AM ST. LOUIS—The American Optometric Association (AOA) is hosting an #AskAOA webinar next week which will examine "Vision Plan Policies That Restrict, Undervalue Eye Health and Your Patient." The session will be held Aug. 13 at 9 p.m. ET. A spokesperson for the AOA told VMAIL at presstime that the organization is still working on the lineup of participants in the session, and said, "We will have AOA leadership and leaders from different states discussing their activities regarding vision plans, as well as legal counsel to address antitrust considerations."

Guardian/Avesis' Dr. Daniel Levy Named NAVCP Secretary and Treasurer

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Thursday, July 23, 2020 12:24 AM TUCKER, Ga.—The National Association of Vision Care Plans (NAVCP) announced at that Dr. Daniel Levy, chief optometric officer of Guardian/Avēsis was unanimously approved at the organization's recent virtual board meeting to serve as the secretary and treasurer, a seat vacated by VSP’s Kate Renwick-Espinosa who assumed the chair-elect position at the April 2020 board of directors meeting. “I have represented Avēsis and now Guardian as a board member at NAVCP for seven years,” said Dr. Levy. “We are aligned with the commitment that NAVCP brings in innovation, education, and administration, as well as providing analytical data that show the value of annual eyecare and eye wear for all consumers.”