John Sailer

John Sailer, Senior Editor

John covers news and feature coverage of national and regional optical retailers, managed vision care organizations, software systems and technology. He works closely with other members of the VM editorial staff to monitor developments in online optical retailing and other industry issues. John is the editor for dba, a monthly e-newsletter profiling successful local and regional retail/optometric businesses while addressing their decision-making needs. He is also a Co-Editor, for High Visibility, with Deirdre Carroll, on VisionMonday.com. Contact John at jsailer@jobson.com.

Living in a Digital World

By John Sailer
Monday, March 02, 2015 12:00 AM Much of the material we cover in Vision Monday lately—Millennials, e-commerce, electronic health records (EHRs), etc.—has one thing in common, a comfort and reliance on digital information.

Bronx Born and Bred, Metro Optics Adds Fourth Location

By John Sailer
Wednesday, February 25, 2015 11:00 AM BRONX, N.Y.—After adding its fourth location in the Bronx at the end of 2014, Metro Optics has reached a level at which it can now take advantage of certain economies of scale.

SVS Vision Finds the Eye in Team

By John Sailer
Tuesday, February 24, 2015 2:00 PM MT. CLEMENS, Mich.—Eight years after Kenneth Stann and Rob Farrell, OD, purchased SVS Vision, the company has grown from 52 locations to 62 and recently restructured its executive management team to facilitate even more growth.

Most Frames Sold by Chains Priced Under $150

By John Sailer
Tuesday, February 24, 2015 1:50 PM ALEXANDRIA, Va.—The majority of frames (56.1 percent) sold by optical retail chains with more than 10 locations fell within the range of $100 to $149 for the 12-month period ending Dec. 31, 2014, according to the latest statistics available from The Vision Council’s VisionWatch report.

Each State's Scope of Practice Laws in One Infographic

By John Sailer
Friday, February 20, 2015 11:30 AM To help make sense of the varied and sometimes confusing scope of practice laws throughout the country, NewGradOptometry.com's Quy Nguyen, OD, and founder Matt Geller, OD, have developed an infographic clearly stating what each state allows.

Changing Lives With VOSH International

By John Sailer
Friday, February 20, 2015 11:00 AM IPSWICH, Mass.—Are you curious about how VOSH International restores more than vision? Watch this video to see how the global organization builds long-term solutions to provide eyecare in developing countries, enabling individuals to regain independence by restoring their sight through surgery, eyeglasses, or medical treatment.

New Transitions Management Hosts 500 at 19th Annual Academy

By John Sailer
Tuesday, February 17, 2015 11:00 AM ORLANDO, Fla.—Nearly 500 industry professionals from North America attended the 19th annual Transitions Academy, hosted by new president, Paddy McDermott, and new North American general manager, Bertrand Roy. The first Transitions Academy to be held since Essilor fully acquired the company in 2014 featured strategic business planning, educational workshops and professional development.

What You Don't Know About Patient Data... Could Hurt You or Your Patients

By John Sailer
Monday, February 16, 2015 12:10 AM If you’re not storing your patient data in electronic health records, your reimbursements are going to be reduced in the coming era of “outcomes-based” health care . . . and it could even impact how you treat your patients.

Professional Registries: Drilling Into Patient Information to Mine Big Data

By John Sailer
Monday, February 16, 2015 12:09 AM It will soon be commonplace for eyecare professionals to automatically integrate with health care professional Registries to aggregate their own patient data for analysis and compare themselves to the benchmarks of their peers.

Why ODs Must Embrace Health Information Exchange

By John Sailer
Monday, February 16, 2015 12:08 AM To be a part of the new emerging outcomes-based medical model and the changes in reimbursement that will result, optometrists must embrace the ability to electronically share and use secure, encrypted patient data.

Thousands of ODs Have Received Incentive Payments for Using EHRs

By John Sailer
Monday, February 16, 2015 12:07 AM Thousands of ODs Have Received Incentive Payments for Using EHRs

Comparing and Understanding the Stages of Meaningful Use

By John Sailer
Monday, February 16, 2015 12:06 AM While the deadline to receive financial incentives for implementing the Meaningful Use of certified electronic health records (EHRs) has past, ECPs still need to start using EHRs to avoid reductions in reimbursement (see page 46).

OcuHub: A Private Eyecare HIE

By John Sailer
Monday, February 16, 2015 12:05 AM OcuHub is a “national private health information exchange for eyecare that includes elements of data exchange, data analysis and care coordination,”according to its CEO, Barry Barresi, OD, PhD, “ Created as part of AOAExcel when Barresi was still executive director of the American Optometric Association, OcuHub is now owned by TearLab, which purchased the entity in 2014.

Overheard

By John Sailer
Monday, February 16, 2015 12:00 AM “With the help of electronic health records, outcomes-based health care is coming fast; ECPs must adapt or see their reimbursements decrease.”

Transitions’ New Management Hosts 19th Annual Academy

By John Sailer
Monday, February 16, 2015 12:00 AM ORLANDO, Fla.—Transitions Optical’s new president, Paddy McDermott, and new North American general manager, Bertrand Roy, hosted the 19th annual Transitions Academy, the first since Essilor fully acquired the company in April of last year.

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