Reliance Standard Launches RSL Complete Dental+Vision Benefit Plan

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Friday, July 10, 2020 12:24 AM Reliance Standard launches dental and vision benefit plan, NAVCP issues policy statement on ocular telemedicine, ECP revenues, eye exams and sales decline, Michael Hoster succeeds James Henne as publisher of Jobson's Review Group and VSP Global names Chris Enslin president of Eyefinity all topped this week’s VMAIL news feed. Click on the headlines below to catch up on anything you might have missed. 

NAVCP Releases Policy Statement on Ocular Telemedicine

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Thursday, July 9, 2020 12:36 AM TUCKER, Ga.—The National Association of Vision Care Plans (NAVCP) board of directors has approved and posted a new "Ocular Telemedicine – Vision Plan Covered Services and Provider Guidelines" policy statement.

Performance Tracker: ECP Revenues, Eye Exams and Product Sales Decline

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Wednesday, July 8, 2020 12:27 AM NEW YORK—For the second week in a row, optical sales experienced declines. These declines were more significant for the week ending July 5 than during the previous week ending June 28, and they affected all regions and all service/product categories. At least two factors likely caused this overall downturn, a national holiday weekend and a surge in COVID-19 cases.

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Michael Hoster Succeeds James Henne as Publisher of Jobson's Review Group

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Tuesday, July 7, 2020 12:33 AM NEWTOWN SQUARE, Pa.—Jobson Medical Information has announced that Michael Hoster, a 13-year veteran of the company, has been named publisher of the Review Group of publications and services. This includes the titles Review of OptometryReview of OphthalmologyReview of Cornea and Contact Lenses and Retina Specialist, as well as a host of affiliated websites, e-newsletters and other digital products.

VSP Global Names Chris Enslin President of Eyefinity

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Monday, July 6, 2020 12:30 AM RANCHO CORDOVA, Calif.—VSP Global has announced the appointment of Chris Enslin as president of Eyefinity, a leader in practice management and electronic health records software for the eyecare industry. Enslin will report to Earnie Franklin, VSP Global’s chief operating officer, who has also served as president of Eyefinity since March of 2019. “We are thrilled to welcome Chris to the Eyefinity team,” said Franklin. “His expertise and unique background as a technology leader will ensure our best-in-class integrated practice management solutions continue to advance and meet the evolving needs of doctors and their practices.”

Keplr Vision Forges Ahead in Pacific Northwest By Adding 4 ECP Businesses

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Thursday, July 2, 2020 12:24 AM Keplr Vision makes acquisitions, FYidoctors expands presence in medical aesthetics, Jobson’s latest Practice Performance Tracker, EyeCare Partners names new president and EnChroma appoints Mark Mattison-Shupnik as COO all topped this week's VMAIL news feed. Click on the headlines below to catch up on anything you might have missed.

FYidoctors Expands Presence in Medical Aesthetics With Acquisition

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Thursday, July 2, 2020 12:18 AM CALGARY, Alberta—FYidoctors has acquired MD Esthetics, a premier facial and skin rejuvenation centre located in Victoria, British Columbia. This marks FYidoctors' second investment in the medical aesthetics field, having entered the growing industry in 2019 with the acquisition of ReNue —a chain of medical aesthetic clinics based in Calgary, Alberta. 

Overall ECP Revenues Saw Flat Sales or Slight Declines, Per Jobson Tracker

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Wednesday, July 1, 2020 12:30 AM NEW YORK—As U.S. coronavirus cases rose and spiked in many states across the country, particularly in the South and West, optical sales leveled off or dipped slightly in the week ending June 28, following nine weeks of steady growth (with the exception of the week of Memorial Day). These were the results in the latest Jobson COVID-19 Practice Performance Tracker.

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David Clark Named President of EyeCare Partners LLC

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Wednesday, July 1, 2020 12:27 AM ST. LOUIS—EyeCare Partners LLC (ECP), a leading network of full scope medical optometry and ophthalmology practices, announced the addition of David A. Clark to its leadership team in the newly created position of president. In his new role, Clark will report to Kelly McCrann, chief executive officer of EyeCare Partners. Clark brings more than 25 years of growth-oriented executive leadership experience in the health care industry, with most of his time spent partnering with physicians to establish and develop national subspecialty focused physician organizations, the announcement said. He joins ECP from MEDNAX, Inc. (NYSE: MD), a national health solutions partner with a focus on maternal-fetal-newborn and pediatric subspecialties along with radiology and anesthesiology practices across the U.S., where he served as chief operating officer. 

EnChroma Appoints Mark Mattison-Shupnick COO

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Wednesday, July 1, 2020 12:21 AM BERKELEY, Calif—EnChroma, based here, has appointed vision industry veteran Mark Mattison-Shupnick as chief operating officer. Mattison-Shupnick, who previously served as EnChroma’s vice president of business development, will lead functions related to corporate operations, supply chain, technology, research and human resources. “Mark is a fantastic, proven team leader and a domain expert in the field of lens manufacturing, which makes him the perfect fit for this role,” said Andrew Schmeder, CEO and co-founder of EnChroma, which develops and markets lens technology and eyewear for color blindness and other color vision solutions.

ECPs See More Patients at Reopened Practices, Per New Jobson Coronavirus Study

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Friday, June 26, 2020 12:33 AM ECPS see more patients at reopened practices, FTC amends controversial contact lens rule, tracker says revenues at ECP locations tick up, GrandVision announces amendment to credit facility, and Vision Monday's June issue explores the telehealth landscape in eyecare all topped this week’s VMAIL news feed. Click on the headlines below to catch up on anything you might have missed.

FTC Announces Final Amendments to Controversial Contact Lens Rule

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Thursday, June 25, 2020 12:30 AM SILVER SPRING, Md.—The Federal Trade Commission voted 5-0 yesterday to approve a Final Rule amending the agency’s Contact Lens Rule, which facilitates shopping for contact lenses by requiring prescribers to automatically provide a copy of a patient’s prescription to the patient and to verify or provide prescriptions to third-party sellers. The Final Rule, known as 16 CFR Part 315, requires prescribers to request that their patients confirm that they have received their prescription, and allows flexibility in the way the prescription and confirmation are provided, the FTC said in a statement.

Revenues at ECP Locations Up 2 Index Points, Per Jobson Performance Tracker

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Wednesday, June 24, 2020 12:27 AM NEW YORK—There was another steady, but slow, climb in overall optical sales for the week ending June 21, according to the latest Jobson COVID-19 Practice Performance Tracker. With 90 percent of practices across the U.S. reopened as of June 9, according to the most recent Jobson Research Coronavirus ECP Study as VMAIL reported, there was another week of modest increases of two index points across all eyecare service and product categories in the Tracker.

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GrandVision Secures Additional Funding, Announces Amendment to Credit Facility

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Tuesday, June 23, 2020 12:30 AM SCHIPHOL, The Netherlands—GrandVision NV (EURONEXT: GVNV), the international optical retail group, said Monday that it has obtained an additional liquidity facility of €400 million as well as an amendment to its existing (2019–2024) €1.2 billion revolving credit facility (RCF).

Taking a Closer Look at Telehealth: VM's June Issue Explores Telehealth Landscape

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Monday, June 22, 2020 12:33 AM NEW YORK—Ocular telehealth kicked into high gear this spring as the coronavirus pandemic swept across the nation. More eye doctors and optical retailers than ever acknowledged that they are now using telehealth to deliver virtual vision care, including many first-time users seeking to connect with patients who had been in lockdown. In its June issue, Vision Mondaytakes a closer look at the telehealth phenomenon and asked industry leaders to discuss the ways in which telehealth will continue to influence the delivery of eyecare, both currently and in the future. Read the full story here