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Tips4EyeDocs Daily for 12/16/2011 – VSP’s Business Model + Grand Rounds Brain Teaser

FROM THE EDITOR The Business Model of VSP and its competitors Private practice optometry is inherently inefficient and costly. To fuel this inefficiency, reimbursements and extra charges must be sufficiently flexible enough to reward panel doctors. However, this is untenable … Continue reading

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Tips4EyeDocs Daily for 15 Dec 2011; No. 3- How did VSP Do in their Town Hall Meeting

FROM THE EDITOR This time last evening, I peeked into VSP’s tactical plan to respond to panel doctors concern about its direction. Today, I reflect on my own thoughts and those of others: Rob Lynch as the chief presenter is … Continue reading

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If I was a Standalone Vision Plan…

As far back as year or more, a well-known standalone vision plan (“WKSAVP”) knew that their political fortunes had slowly turned southwards. First it was their reclassification from a tax-exempt non-profit to a taxable not-for-profit by the Federal Government. Now … Continue reading

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Reputation and Branding for Independent Eye Doctors

Eye care whether we want to admit or not depends upon reputation and branding. For corporate eye care providers (“ECP”), branding comes easily as it employs widespread advertising, identical goods and services to strengthen and create its brand. On the … Continue reading

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Managed Vision Care – Their Place in the Eye Care Marketplace

As eye doctors open the New Year of 2012 in a few weeks, there is much anticipation among about the future direction of managed vision care plans (VCP). Faced with decreasing reimbursements and ever more onerous rules and regulations, doctors … Continue reading

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Why VSP Has Town Hall Meetings ?

Over the last year or so, Vision Service Plan (“VSP”) has fanned out across California and elsewhere to help the local panel doctor (“doctor”) connect with its upper management. Social media and web sessions broadened even further their reach. At … Continue reading

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How Do Eye Companies Handle Conflict Publicly

In the past year or two, eye industry firms have met with much negative news, either from serendipitous events or human error.  In most cases, the firms prolong their own agony by failing to mount a credible and timely response … Continue reading

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Why Should Optometrists Care About Vision Plans?

It’s either the bane or boom to optometry. Vision plans are popular and their future is secure. Employers like to offer them and employees like to use them for routine eye care and eye wear. However, their popularity hasn’t been … Continue reading

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Is VSP between a rock and a hard place?

On an online venue for optometrists, a debate rages about VSP’s strategy in the market place. This has become an issue that has presented itself in the forefront as IBM, a major employer of 100,000 or more employees were wooed … Continue reading

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A 3 Step Approach to Quality Assurance in Your Optometric Practice

The definition of quality within our eye practice often seems illogical or anachronistic with a reliance more on documentation than performance or outcome or even relevance. While such compliance is necessary for continued practice and participation in those programs it … Continue reading

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