Valeant to Acquire Salix Pharmaceuticals

By Staff
Wednesday, February 25, 2015 12:30 AM LAVAL, Quebec and RALEIGH, N.C.— Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, Inc. (NYSE: VRX) and Salix Pharmaceuticals, Ltd. (NASDAQ: SLXP) announced on March 22 that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which Valeant will acquire all of the outstanding common stock of Salix for $158.00 per share in cash, or a total enterprise value of approximately $14.5 billion.

AOA President David Cockrell, OD Joins Feb. 25 'Power Hour'

By Staff
Monday, February 23, 2015 12:21 AM FRANKLIN LAKES, N. J.—David Cockrell, OD, president of the American Optometric Association (AOA) will be the guest on the Feb. 25 edition of the “Power Hour.”

NAVCP/NASHO Specialty Health Summit Registration Opens and Award Nominees Sought

By Staff
Wednesday, February 18, 2015 12:21 AM LAS VEGAS— Registration is now open for the 2015 Specialty Health Summit to be held at The Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas, May 4 to May 6, 2015, and the sponsoring organizations are seeking nominees for the sixth annual Most Influential in Specialty Health Award to be presented at the event.

Davis Vision Launches Davis Vision Television With VTO, Educational Videos, Retail Locator, and More

By Staff
Monday, February 16, 2015 12:30 AM SAN ANTONIO, Texas— Davis Vision has launched Davis Vision Television, “ DVTV,” a new website to “deliver a heightened interactive experience,” according to a statement released last week from the managed vision care company.

Tickets Go on Sale for EyeRock Concert, Featuring Guest Artist Lisa Loeb

By Staff
Monday, February 16, 2015 12:27 AM NEW YORK—Tickets are now on sale for EyeRock, the optical industry fundraiser for nonprofit vision care groups, the event’s organizers announced today.

Legal Specialist on Americans With Disabilities Act is Guest on Feb. 18th 'Power Hour'

By Staff
Monday, February 16, 2015 12:21 AM FRANKLIN LAKES, N.J.—How to avoid penalties with the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) is the topic of the Feb. 18th  edition of the “Power Hour.” The weekly radio show is broadcast at 9:00 p.m. ET, hosted by Gary Gerber, OD, founder of The Power Practice.

Jobson Issues 2015 Edition of Blue Book of Optometrists

By Staff
Monday, February 16, 2015 12:18 AM NEW YORK—The 2015 Edition of the Blue Book of Optometrists, a comprehensive directory listing of close to 21,000 optometrists, is now available from Jobson Medical Information LLC.

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.

Nine Out of 10 Say Vision Problems Hurt Their Job Performance, Transitions Optical Survey Finds

By Staff
Friday, February 13, 2015 12:27 AM PINELLAS PARK, Fla.—Nine out of 10 employees say that the quality of their work has suffered due to problems with their vision, and half admit that this is a regular occurrence, according to results from the 2015 annual Employee Perceptions of Vision Benefits survey, supported by Transitions Optical.

American Optometric Association Releases Evidence-Based Clinical Guideline for Peer and Public Review

By Staff
Wednesday, February 11, 2015 12:27 AM ST. LOUIS—The American Optometric Association (AOA) has released the evidence-based clinical practice guideline, “Comprehensive Adult Eye and Vision Examination,” for a 30-day online peer and public review.
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