Vision Expo West: How to Get Your Money’s Worth in Vegas

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Going to Vision Expo West isn’t cheap ($40 buffets…crazy!). However, VEW can be an important investment for your practice. Here are four ways to ensure you make the most out of this year’s show:

  1. Register for free! Let Eyefinity pick up the tab on registering for Vision Expo West.
  2. Take advantage of incredible education opportunities. From classes on glaucoma treatment to managing a business, there are over 320 hours of education for every role and experience level, including an entertaining MIPS talk (we promise that’s not an oxymoron) by Masoud Nafey, OD.
  3. Get a sweet deal. Vision Expo West has some of the best deals of the year. Think of it as the Black Friday for optometry. Come by the Eyefinity booth #17114 to find out how to get a $1,000 gift card.
  4. Connect with other ODs. The Las Vegas strip will be hopping with networking events during VEW. Check out a list of just some of the happy hours, receptions, and breakfasts you might want to attend.

If you do make it out to VEW, don’t be a stranger! We’d love to see you at our booths #17114 and #MS12043.

Forward Together

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by Steve BakerSteve Baker
President, Eyefinity

In the optometric industry, one does not have to look far to realize that eye care professionals have many traits in common. Three that come to mind are “Passion,” “Commitment,” and “Grit.”

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Investing in Education is a Smart Practice.

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Have you ever wondered what results can be gained from time spent learning new technology? Do you feel the need to adopt technology just because it’s the next big thing?  If something “ain’t broke,” what makes the effort to change worthwhile? This month, Dr. Davenport returns to share her thoughts about the Return on Investment (ROI) of Education offerings like the upcoming Eyefinity Education Conference in Boston, MA.

Patients can surprise you. “I had a client with eyelid issues sending me pictures through Facebook,” Dr. Davenport recalls. “My patient was travelling and didn’t have access to her prescription. It was after (office) hours and I was at home but I was able to send a prescription from Eyefinity EHR on my tablet to get her the help she needed.” While not an experience Dr. Davenport had anticipated, the time and effort she spent learning technology, like  Facebook, and changing to a cloud based Practice Management solution ensured she was prepared to meet her patient’s need.

Since investing in technology and training, Dr. Davenport estimates she has seen a 20% increase in business revenue. “My practice had to move to a bigger location. My demand and patient base has grown.”

Dr. Davenport believes her business growth is a result of the time she and her staff have invested in learning to get the most out of their software systems, benefiting both her practice and her patients. “We work really hard to give [our patients] the very best care. My patients see us in the office using technology and feel like they are getting better care because we are cutting edge.”

That said, Dr. Davenport cautions that success does not typically happen overnight. “You have to invest in your success to see great returns.”

“When we first started with Eyefinity EHR, it felt like everything took too long to do; something had to change. So, I booked a trip to the Eyefinity “Train the Trainer” event. The class was fabulous, the training was catered to what each attendee was experiencing, and it helped so much. Now, I love the workflow in Eyefinity EHR. I can’t imagine using anything else.”

A huge believer in leading by example, Dr. Davenport puts in the time to stay on top of product updates. “Understanding how best to do daily tasks is important, so I can support my staff when they have questions or are performing a task for the first time. Every six  weeks or so Phernell does a ‘What’s New?’ webinar about the latest changes in Eyefinity EHR. I watch the recordings and find the information useful.”

Investing in education can lead to stronger relationships with your staff and a better patient experience. Dr. Davenport is a regular attendee at Eyefinity online training sessions and educational conference events. Register  to meet and share tips for success with other eye care professionals at the next Eyefinity Education Conference in Boston, June 9-10.

 

Maria Davenport, OD, is an OfficeMate and Eyefinity EHR user who runs a single-doctor practice in Michigan. An avid believer in the value of continuous learning, she is always on the look out for ways to work smarter rather than harder.

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The votes are in…Eyefinity® wins three 2016 EyeVote Readers’ Choice Awards!

Earlier this morning, Vision Monday and 20/20 Magazine announced the recipients of the 2016 EyeVote Readers’ Choice Awards. Thanks for voting for us as your preferred Practice Management Software Company for the sixth consecutive year! Your support is awesome!

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We’re also honored by your votes for us for the third year in a row as:

  • Readers’ Choice, Practice Management Software Brand
  • Readers’ Choice, Electronic Health Records Brand

We value your feedback and are committed to delivering you the best practice management and EHR solutions. Your support drives us to continue to improve and provide quality solutions for you every year.

What’s the Word on the Street about Eyefinity® EHR? Click here to find out why Eyefinity® is your favorite.

Technology That Lets You Be a Doctor – In Time for ICD-10

By: Dr. James Winnickwinnick, Stockton, CA

Early adopters are on the “leading edge” of change, but there are also those on the “bleeding edge” of change. We all know colleagues who moved into early electronic medical records years ago and are now on their second or third system. As a large practice, we didn’t want to fall into this scenario because it means having to deal with multiple episodes of pain associated with major system changes. Our goal was to do it once and do it right.

So, we have waited, watching for technology that will meet our practice needs, and looking for a solution that can fully integrate a PMS and an EHR. Until recently, the only reliable choice for PMS/EHR solutions were on-premises server-based systems, built around Windows-based programming. The cost of the hardware, combined with the dependency of the doctor to use a keyboard in the exam room, were major obstacles.  Thankfully, with the industry moving into cloud-based and iPad-compatible systems, these barriers have been dramatically reduced.

With just under six months left to make changes before the ICD-10 cutover, we’ve chosen the Eyefinity cloud platform.  The iPad application allows us the flexibility that we need to manage our large practice. The auto-coding capabilities of the system will make us ICD-10 compliant. And, we’ll be able to increase our efficiencies and bottom line. We’re confident that Eyefinity’s solutions will provide best-in-class technology and allow us to meet our ICD-10 deadline.

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Industry Behavior Insight Into the Challenge of ICD-10

By: Dr. James Winnickwinnick, Stockton, CA

My practice, like many others, has taken a “wait and see” approach to preparing for the ICD-10 transition. Optometrists, in general, are often slow to make major changes in their practices unless significant impacts to our income are recognized. This goes in both directions: dollars out and dollars in.

Most doctors carry a number in their heads that’s in the tens of thousands of dollars to upgrade or convert to a practice management system (PMS) and electronic health record (EHR) that will make their practice ICD-10 compliant. That’s a hard pill to swallow. So, we avoid this major expense for as long as possible. We continue with “business as usual” for as long as we can.

Unfortunately, because the ICD-10 changes will affect every aspect of our office flow, we can’t procrastinate any longer. Come October 1, 2015, if we don’t have a solution in place and we are not billing ICD-10 codes, we will not be able to collect reimbursements from third party payers. Everyone needs a plan and needs to put it into place now! Our practice chose to work with Eyefinity as our ICD-10 compliant solution because their cloud-based system dramatically reduces our costs of implementation. And, the auto-coding capabilities of the system will not only make it easy for us to use ICD-10 codes, but also increase our efficiencies and bottom line.

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Counting Down to ICD-10 – Do You Have a Plan?

By: Dr. James Winnickwinnick, Stockton, CA

As a private practicing optometrist, it seems like there are more and more pressures being applied on how we run our practices. One of the biggest looming pressures has been the implementation of ICD-10 codes. We’ve heard about this massive change in how we will have to bill and code our patient visits for several years. We’ve also heard all of the horror stories of how much more complex this system will be, as compared to the ICD-9 coding system that we’ve become accustomed to.

Our practices received a little breathing room last year, when the mandatory implementation of ICD-10 codes was delayed. But, despite the continued turbulence in Washington D.C. around health care administration, the senate passed H.R.2 April 14 without an amendment to postpone the ICD-10 cutover date. So, it looks like October 1, 2015, is a hard deadline for providers to start using ICD-10 codes. That gives us just under six months left to implement a solution for billing ICD-10 codes in our practice. Do you have a plan?

All Eyefinity products either are or will soon be ready for the ICD-10 transition. Go to the Eyefinity ICD-10 Resource Center to determine if you need to upgrade your on-premises software, or, if you’re already using an Eyefinity cloud product, when your software will automatically update with ICD-10 changes. Not on the cloud, but want to be? Eyefinity has a plan for that, too!