Monthly Archives: November 2014

VSP Patients Can Go To Walmart! Such a Deal?!

I just learned that a practice in Phoenix Arizona that is 90% VSP is in a test with Vision Care Direct’s new plan (to be disclosed early next year) had the following experience.
The practice is booked morning to night.  In the morning seeing VCD patients on a new test market plan they earned $2.000 but in the afternoon seeing VSP patients they neted less than $200!  Why?  Because their clients have found that they can come there for an exam and then take their RX to Walmart And Cosco for much lower prices  than vsp (ignoring what we know is the lower quality of service)!  Skeptical?  Read Al Clineman’s blog a bit down the page here. 
STAYING IN THE GAME MEANS BEING PROFITABLE:  i believe we need both medical and vision patients. The vision patients via VSP and EyeMed are going to earn us less and less for more and more time!  ObamaCare is not going to throw big bucks at us either according to their financial plans. ACO’s are up in the air flying while they are being built…. we will have to wait and see and join with great caution so we don’t get caught holding the bag.
To stay profitable and grow we need a backup plan for BOTH vision care and medical optometry.  If nearly 6,000 doctors are betting on VCD’s  vision care strategy,  which is to add $75,000 / year in income to a single doctor’s practice just via vision care, I am all for it. The ACO strategy has earned VCD doctors several million lives already…. we can do it too!

Why Behavioral Optometry Needs To Support IPAs!

Have we forgotten the value of practicing optometry as doctors of optometry?  Is the only vision you can dream of fabricated for you by bottom feeder vision plans and low paying medical insurance?  If so then true optometry is dead!

But if somewhere in your heart there is a recognition of how uniquely blessed you are to be an optometrist who has yet to be cloned into the likes of a Rite Aid pharmacist, then see the movie below to remember why you became an optometrist!  Then join the fight for a free optometry that lets you use the special skills that God blessed you with. Don’t be a mass produced factory clone!  The nations IPA,  the are your tools to financial freedom and living the optometric dream.


nyipa LOG0 New One SMALL VERSIONWill You Have Access To Medical Optometry After December 31st?

Our mission is to form a team that gives you access to ACO controlled medical eye care in NY State!

NYSOA membership and all of NY Optometry will be participating in  5 webinars this week,  each at 8:00 PM.   The 25 minute webinars allow only 14 guests, on a first come first served basis. We will offer a Q & A session at the end. There is no fee to participate.  Virtual “seats”  are limited, so sign up now!

  1. To sign up now,  login to our poll here and select one date that works for you, before all the times slots are occupied.    (all lower case)
  2. To Join the meeting on your selected date by computer or phone:
    1. Please join our meeting at this link:
    2. Use your telephone.  Dial +1 (646) 558-2100  Access Code: 986-638-032
    3. Audio PIN: Shown after joining the meeting
    4. Meeting ID: 986-638-032
  3. Print this information and write the date for which you will attend the 8:00pm meeting here ________________________ !

To learn more about the NYOIPA, visit us at  http://www.NYIPA.ORG  and learn about the team of nearly 6,000 doctors that are doing the same all across America!

Dr Joseph Ross,  NYOIPA President



VSP Vision Care Adds Pearle Vision to Provider Network!

The VSP Lie: Supporting Private Practice Optometry!

RANCHO CORDOVA, Calif.— VSP Vision Care has entered into an agreement with Pearle Vision, a division of Luxottica Retail (NYSE: LUX), to provide VSP members access to Pearle Vision stores throughout the U.S. and Puerto Rico as VSP network providers. VMail has learned that the phased rollout has begun and is expected to be completed early in the first quarter of 2015.
VSp_LieJim McGrann, president of VSP Vision Care, told VMail, “The consumers of today and tomorrow want to know they have control over their health care decisions. Providing consumers with greater choice when it comes to accessing that care provides our members with the control they desire while providing VSP the opportunity to attract new members who will also benefit from the high quality of vision care available through VSP network providers.”

The new agreement is open to VSP’s more than 67 million members.

“As neighborhood eyecare professionals, it has always been our goal to ensure our patients have access to high quality doctors and genuine care,” said Pete Bridgman, senior vice president and general manager of Pearle Vision. “This relationship with VSP represents an opportunity for our independent licensed operators and corporate associates to welcome up to 67 million VSP members to our EyeCare Centers.”

VMail has also learned that Pearle Vision’s corporate-owned locations will immediately be added to VSP’s network of providers with its licensed operators beginning to roll into the program next month, a Pearle spokesperson said. There are currently 506 Pearle Vision locations in the U.S. and Puerto Rico (369 franchised and 137 corporate).

Of these, 12 Pearle Vision locations were already in the VSP Vision Care network, having been grandfathered in when VSP Vision Care’s regions throughout the country were rolled into one national operation, a VSP spokesperson said. Additional Pearle Vision locations became affiliated with VSP Vision Care in 2006 when VSP Vision Care took over the administration of Cigna’s Vision Care plan. “In regards to the history of VSP working with Pearle locations, through the Cigna relationship since 2006, Pearle was not ‘officially’ on the network, but all Pearle locations were considered and offered as a provider under the Cigna Vision plan, so there has been a longstanding working relationship with the majority of them,” the VSP spokesperson told VMail.

This new agreement will make Pearle Vision locations full in-network providers for VSP Vision Care, which differs from the affiliate relationships the managed vision care company has with other national chains such as Costco Optical and Visionworks. A VSP spokesperson declined further comment on that and described the separate affiliate program as follows: “Affiliate providers are limited to the retail stores and locations that are determined by the employer’s [or client’s] plan. The purpose of the affiliate program is to fill an access gap as well as a retail request from the employer.”