CareCredit: Growth, retention, and savings all in one new program

Thursday, April 9, 2015

VSP’s primary mission is to help people see and as VSP approaches its 60th anniversary; its growth now provides access to over 70,000,000 members (patients) to over 32,000 providers (doctors). As one of those providers, my primary mission is to make sure my patients have healthy eyes and that they have access to the eyewear that they need to maximize their lifestyle. That may include indoor glasses, outdoor glasses and/or hobby or recreational glasses and/or contact lenses. VSP provides our members with an excellent plan to cover their eye exam and materials, but sometimes our patients may have additional wants or needs.

The good news is that VSP has developed an exciting new agreement with CareCredit, the nation’s largest healthcare credit card, to help practices better satisfy those lifestyle needs, leading to greater patient growth and retention, along with substantial savings on processing rates.  Effective April 1st, Premier Program practices receive a 40% savings on processing rates for promotional financing offers, while all other VSP network providers get a 25% savings. (more…)

We See Progress and Possibility

Monday, April 6, 2015

Photo of Matthew Alpert OD with Soweto school children

Matthew Alpert, OD, with school children from the Soweto community

Phumla, a 16-year-old student who aspires to be a doctor, struggled to learn and feared crossing the street due to vision issues. Keamogetswe, an 11-year-old who loves school, saw his grades steadily decline as his vision got “worse and worse.”

These are just two of the nearly 1,500 students in Soweto, South Africa, who have received free comprehensive eye exams and glasses through We See: A Child Eye Health Project

It’s rewarding to see such strong progress since I traveled to Soweto in April 2014 to launch We See with the aim of reducing uncorrected visual impairment among schoolchildren by 90% over three years. The project takes a unique approach that reimagines philanthropy by pairing the strengths of the VSP Global businesses with Brien Holden Vision Institute, a leading player in the industry, and the local government to create a sustainable solution to a critical health need. (more…)

New Opportunities for Free Continuing Education

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Photo of Jeffry Gerson, OD, FAAOFor the fifth year, VSP Vision Care is sponsoring Eye on Wellness continuing education (CE) seminars for optometrists with A. Paul Chous, MA, OD, FAAO, and I as keynote speakers.

What’s really exciting is that VSP has expanded the number of seminars to 10 and will be offering Eye on Nutrition in addition to Eye on Diabetes and Eye on Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD). All of the seminars will offer four hours of COPE-approved CE for free to all licensed optometrists.

As practicing optometrists who are regularly seeing patients, Dr. Chous and I have a unique approach to the topics. We want every doctor who attends to walk away with the latest research, actionable data, and best practices that they can immediately apply with their own patients. We continually update the presentations as new research becomes available and we use examples from our own practices to make it easy for other optometrists to implement what they learn. (more…)