Author: Nitin Rai, CEO

Investing in ophthalmology and optometry EHR software is one of the most significant business decisions you’ll make for your practice. Once you hit that “go-live” button, it’s critical to invest time and resources for optimizing your EHR system. EHR optimization is an ongoing process due to software and functionality updates, never-ending federal and state regulations, and user workflow needs.
After an in-depth two-year evaluation comparing various electronic health records (EHRs) used by optometrists, U.S. Vision and its affiliate, Nationwide Vision, selected MaximEyes EHR by First Insight Corporation as its new optometry EHR partner. First Insight is delighted that U.S. Vision and Nationwide Vision took the time to carefully assess and compare various optometry EHRs over two years, before making its final selection. 
When Dr. Lowell Lebovitz began looking for optometry EHR software for his practice, he chose an eye care EHR and practice management system that would support long-term goals of continued growth, profitability, efficiency, and stability. He needed an EHR system that would improve business efficiencies, so he could spend less time on paperwork and more time with patients.
Don't forget about Section 179 if you are planning to purchase or lease optometry or ophthalmology EHR and practice management software, business equipment and machinery, or office furniture for your practice this year. Take advantage of the $510,000 tax deduction limit for "qualifying" equipment and computer software that was purchased and put into use between January 1 and December 31, 2017. 
In an era of declining reimbursements, high-deductible health plans, and constant industry challenges, profit margins are tighter than ever for most optometry and ophthalmology practices. Healthcare professionals should be able to focus on patient care—instead of medical billing paperwork and payments.
We're excited to announce that First Insight Corporation was honored for the sixth year in a row by Elearning! Media Group as a "2017 Learning! 100 award winner" for achieving excellence in the "Performance" category for our personalized customer training. Learning! 100 applicants are evaluated across three criteria: Collaborative Strategies' Collaboration Index, Darden School's Learning Culture Index, and overall organizational performance.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS) released the Quality Payment Program (QPP) hardship exception application for the 2017 transition year for eligible clinicians (ECs). This exception may qualify an EC for reweighting their Advancing Care Information (ACI) category to 0% and reallocating the 25% to the Quality category.