The Merit-Based Incentive Payment Program (MIPS) is now in its fourth year. Due to the COVID-19 public health emergency (PHE), the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is “implementing multiple flexibilities” for the Quality Payment Program (QPP) and has invoked an “Extreme and Uncontrollable Circumstances Exception” policy for the MIPS 2020 performance year.
EHR implementation is a process (strategies and steps) that takes time, patience, and commitment to reach a successful outcome. Poor planning, poor communication, and insufficient training will lead to undesirable results if you set unrealistic expectations and close communications with your staff.
On June 23, 2020, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced the final rule amending the Contact Lens Rule. The FTC published the final 2020 Contact Lens Rule in the Federal Register on August 17, 2020, despite opposition from the American Optometric Association (AOA), American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO), and members of Congress.
Do you know what ICD-10-CM eye-related diagnosis codes were added, deleted, or modified for fiscal year 2021? Is your ophthalmology and optometry EHR and practice management software ready for 2021 ICD-10 updates?
Electronic prescribing (e-prescribing) and medication adherence tools give eye care doctors quick access to medication history data and advanced clinical, behavioral, and financial support tools. These tools help drive higher levels of medication adherence and improve patient health outcomes.
Patient portals have been around for years. However, during the COVID-19 pandemic, many eye care providers realize how important this technology is to move patient care forward in an ever-increasing digital healthcare and telehealth and telemedicine environment.
When it comes to your optometry website, there's more to consider than just content. Creating useful content is important, but you have to keep the user in mind. And pay attention to things like user experience (UX) and how easy it is for people to find your website and content.
Dear First Insight Friends,
The horrific murder of George Floyd on May 25 by the hands of a white police officer was a stark reminder that some lives and people are not treated equally in this country. It was a reminder that racism is real and that far too many people are treated with the utmost hate, contempt, and bias.
COVID-19 is changing the way eye care professionals manage their practice and provide patient care. For Jeanette Lee, OD, owner of 20/20 Optometry of Silicon Valley in San Jose, CA, when NorCal Santa Clara County issued a shelter-in-place order in March 2020, her priority was to set a plan in motion so her practice would continue taking care of patients, first responders, and essential service workers.
It doesn’t matter if you're a new optometry practice or an established one—you always need to grow your patient base. Being proactive is the best way to get more patients. All it takes is a little marketing.