Nominations Now Open for VM’s 2021 Most Influential Women in Optical

By Staff
Friday, May 7, 2021 12:27 AM NEW YORK—Women’s influence in optical is undeniable and today, more women than ever before are playing vital roles at all levels of our industry. In retailing, wholesaling, product design, manufacturing, distribution and vision care and managed care, talented women are shaping the direction of the companies and organizations they work for, and, in many cases, lead. This is why Vision Monday will once again be highlighting The Most Influential Women in Optical in our July issue, marking the 19th anniversary of our signature Special Report saluting women in the eyewear/eyecare industry. We are currently seeking nominations via an electronic survey form.

VSP Global Recognized as a US Best Managed Company

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Friday, April 16, 2021 12:21 AM RANCHO CORDOVA, Calif.—VSP Global has been selected as a 2021 US Best Managed Company. Sponsored by Deloitte Private and The Wall Street Journal, the program recognizes outstanding U.S. private companies and the achievements of their management teams.

Versant Health Names Kimberly Davis Chief Financial Officer

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Tuesday, April 13, 2021 12:21 AM BALTIMORE—Versant Health, a leading national managed vision care company, has named Kimberly Davis as its chief financial officer (CFO), effective April 1. Davis previously served as the chief accounting officer for Versant Health, where she was responsible for GAAP and statutory reporting, as well as compliance, treasury functions and support for financial initiatives and strategies. Prior to joining Versant Health in 2018, Davis served as senior vice president and corporate controller for Jensen Hughes. She brings more than 10 years of senior financial leadership experience to her role.

Virtual SHiFT Event Honors Resilience of Eyecare Providers and Shares VSP Premier Updates, Education and Practice Resources

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Thursday, March 4, 2021 12:21 AM RANCHO CORDOVA, Calif.—More than 700 VSP network doctors participating in the VSP Global Premier Program attended SHiFT, the Premier Program annual meeting, held virtually on February 26 and 27. The two-day experience honored the resilience and commitment of Premier Program doctors who delivered exceptional patient care throughout the pandemic.

Kate Renwick-Espinosa, President of VSP Vision Care, Assumes NAVCP Chair Position Following Kirk Rothrock’s Retirement from Versant Health

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Tuesday, February 9, 2021 12:30 AM TUCKER, Ga.—The National Association of Vision Care Plans (NAVCP) announced at its Feb. 5 virtual board meeting, that Kate Renwick-Espinosa, president of VSP Vision Care will assume the chairwoman role following the announcement of Kirk Rothrock’s retirement as CEO of Versant Health. Renwick-Espinosa will hold the seat for a two-year term, effective immediately. Renwick-Espinosa succeeds Rothrock, CEO of Versant Health, who served as NAVCP chairman since April 2020. His retirement from Versant Health (which VMAIL recently reported created an early succession. Dr. Daniel Levy, chief optometric officer of Guardian/Avēsis, will assume the chairman-elect position.

Sacramento Optometric Group Selects VSP Ventures for Practice Transition

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Monday, February 1, 2021 12:21 AM RANCHO CORDOVA, Calif.—VSP Ventures announced late last week the acquisition of Sacramento Optometric Group, located in Sacramento, Calif. The single-location practice has served the region for 90 years.

VSP Global to Highlight Resilience of Eyecare Providers at Virtual SHiFT Event in February

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Friday, January 29, 2021 12:18 AM RANCHO CORDOVA, Calif.—VSP Global said Thursday that SHiFT, which brings together doctors across the country participating in the VSP Global Premier Program, will be held virtually Feb. 26-27, 2021.

Shopko Optical Names Liz DiGiandomenico as Member of Managers Board

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Thursday, January 28, 2021 12:18 AM GREEN BAY, Wis.—Shopko Optical has named Liz DiGiandomenico as a new member of its board of managers, according to an announcement this week. In her previous industry work, DiGiandomenico worked with Luxottica and gained 22 years of experience in the eyecare sector. During her tenure there, she held various leadership roles within finance and accounting and had over 10 years of experience in managed vision care in her role as general manager of Luxottica’s EyeMed Vision Care.

James Reid Named CEO of Versant Health, a MetLife Company, as Kirk Rothrock Announces Retirement

By Staff
Friday, January 15, 2021 12:30 AM Versant Health names new CEO, Aflac adds vision and dental insurance, optical sales continue resurgence, EyeSouth Partners expands network and EyeCare Partners adds Texas practices all topped this week’s VMAIL news feed. Click on the headlines below to catch up on anything you might have missed.

Aflac Expands Product Offerings With New Vision and Dental Insurance

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Thursday, January 14, 2021 12:30 AM COLUMBUS, Ga.—Aflac (NYSE: AFL), a leading provider of supplemental insurance products, announced this week the national launch of Aflac Vision and Dental Insurance, which the company said marks its “expansion into offering products based on a provider network.” As a component of the insurer's continual growth strategy, the new coverage allows Aflac to offer even more of the key benefits that businesses desire to remain competitive and help attract and retain top talent, the announcement noted.

MetLife Announces Completion of Acquisition of Versant Health

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Wednesday, January 13, 2021 12:27 AM NEW YORK—MetLife (NYSE: MET) said this week that its previously announced acquisition of managed vision care company Versant Health has been completed.

New National Marketing Campaign Launches to Support Premier Program Practices

By Staff
Monday, December 21, 2020 12:30 AM RANCHO CORDOVA, Calif.—VSP Global announced the launch of a new national marketing campaign that debuted Dec. 17. VSP said the campaign is part of its ongoing commitment to support and reinvest in private practice doctors participating in the Premier Program. The ad campaign is designed to encourage VSP members to choose a Premier Program practice for their annual comprehensive eye exam and other eyecare needs. The campaign is visible here at the VSP Provider hub. Advertising will run nationally for two weeks across broadcast television, radio, streaming services, social media, and search.

VSP Global and Essilor Reach Agreement on Formulary

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Friday, December 18, 2020 1:45 PM RANCHO CORDOVA, Calif., and DALLAS—With a focus on supporting independent optometry, VSP Global and Essilor announced they have reached an agreement "that further promotes choice for doctors and patients while bolstering a competitive marketplace for their collective stakeholders now and in the future." With this agreement in place, VSP Global will not proceed with changes to its formulary planned for Jan. 1, 2021. After extensive efforts from both companies in what has been a difficult year, the two organizations arrived at a solution that will allow each to further reinvest in programs and services that benefit doctors, patients, and ultimately the industry, the announcement said.

Aetna Vision Earns Top Rating Among Eight Vision Plans Ranked by J.D. Power

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Wednesday, November 11, 2020 12:18 AM TROY, Mich.—Overall customer satisfaction among vision plan members has decreased in 2020, driven by a decrease in reimbursement and plan cost, according to the J.D. Power 2020 U.S. Vision Plan Satisfaction Report.

VSP Global and the American Academy of Optometry Foundation Announce 2020 Practice Excellence Scholarship Recipients

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Friday, October 30, 2020 12:21 AM RANCHO CORDOVA, Calif.—VSP Global and the American Academy of Optometry Foundation (AAOF), the philanthropic arm of the American Academy of Optometry (AAO), announced the recipients of this year’s Practice Excellence Scholarship.