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The National Average for Gross Revenue at ECP Locations Decreased for the Week of Jan. 16–22, Jobson’s Latest Practice Performance Tracker Shows

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Wednesday, January 25, 2023 12:24 AM NEW YORK—The national average for gross revenue at ECP locations decreased last week, Jan. 16–22,  when compared with the previous week at a rate of -2 index points. That places gross revenue at a level 15 index points above where it was at this point in time (Week 4) when compared with last year (2022), 4 points above the same period in 2021, 7 points above 2020, and 15 points above 2019, according to Jobson’s most recent Practice Performance Tracker.

Review of Ophthalmology: What the Pandemic Told Us About Tele-Ophthalmology

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Thursday, January 19, 2023 5:11 PM Telehealth in eyecare has historically followed the “store-and-forward” model, wherein retinal photography is combined with remote interpretation for screening of ophthalmic diseases, such as diabetic retinopathy and retinopathy of prematurity, but is otherwise less useful than in some other medical fields. Did the pandemic experience change that in any way, positive or otherwise? A recent study published in JAMA Ophthalmology compared telehealth trends between different medical specialties and ophthalmic subspecialties at a major academic institution over 18 months, beginning at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. Read More

COVID Death Toll Declined in 2022, Report Says

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Wednesday, January 18, 2023 7:59 AM In one of the first looks at how 2022 COVID-19 data compares to prior pandemic years, the virus appears to have been much less deadly.

Is It Time for Yet Another COVID Booster? It's Complicated

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Wednesday, January 18, 2023 7:59 AM On Twitter, as in real life, it’s a question on many minds: When should we think about the next COVID-19 vaccine? Or should we?

The National Average for Gross Revenue at ECP Locations Increased for the Week of Jan. 9–15, Jobson’s Latest Practice Performance Tracker Shows

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Wednesday, January 18, 2023 12:21 AM NEW YORK—The national average for gross revenue at ECP locations increased last week January 9–15, when compared with the previous week at a rate of 13 index points. That places gross revenue at a level 14 index points above where it was at this point in time (Week 3) when compared with last year (2022), 1 point above the same period in 2021, 10 points above 2020, and 16 points above 2019, according to Jobson’s most recent Practice Performance Tracker.

Add This to the List of Long COVID Symptoms: Stigma

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Tuesday, January 17, 2023 7:59 AM People with long COVID may have dizziness, headaches, sleep problems, sluggish thinking, and many other problems. But they can also face another problem—stigma.

Possible Bivalent Vaccine Link to Strokes in People Over 65

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Tuesday, January 17, 2023 7:59 AM A vaccine database found a possible link between the Pfizer/BioNTech bivalent COVID-19 vaccine and ischemic strokes in people over 65 who got the shot, the CDC and the FDA said in a joint news release.

Pandemic May Strain Medical System for Winters to Come

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Friday, January 13, 2023 7:59 AM The coronavirus is not going away soon, and that could lead to more dangerous winter surges of respiratory illnesses that will strain the U.S. medical system for years to come, says White House COVID-19 Response Coordinator Ashish Jha, MD.

Expected Price Hikes for COVID Vaccines a Topic of Concern at White House and in Congress

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Friday, January 13, 2023 6:06 AM WASHINGTON—The federal government is "doing everything it can" to prevent COVID-19 vaccine manufacturers from unduly hiking the price of their products once the federal government stops providing vaccines free of charge and patients and insurers have to buy them at commercial rates, HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra said Wednesday.

Biden Administration Extends COVID-19 State of Emergency

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Thursday, January 12, 2023 7:59 AM The Department of Health and Human Services has extended the COVID-19 state of emergency that was instituted in January 2020, Secretary Xavier Becerra announced on Wednesday.

U.S. Seniors are Bearing the Brunt of COVID Wave—Is Help Coming?

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Thursday, January 12, 2023 7:59 AM It might appear that we’re back to some semblance of “normal” at this point in the COVID-19 pandemic. But many people remain at higher risk for serious outcomes like hospitalization and death, especially older Americans.

Consumers Embracing Self-Serve Checkout

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Wednesday, January 11, 2023 10:01 AM Shoppers don't see channels, they see one shopping experience however they shop. The days of siloed, omnichannel operations are out of step with how people shop today.

The National Average for Gross Revenue at ECP Locations Decreased for the Week of Jan. 2–8, Jobson’s Latest Practice Performance Tracker Shows

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Wednesday, January 11, 2023 12:24 AM NEW YORK—The national average for gross revenue at ECP locations decreased last week, Jan. 2–8,  when compared with the previous week at a rate of -7 index points. That places gross revenue at a level 6 index points above where it was at this point in time (Week 2) when compared with last year (2022), 11 points below the same period in 2021, 7 points below 2020, and 2 points below 2019, according to Jobson’s most recent Practice Performance Tracker.

20/20 Magazine: Inside the 2023 Consumer’s Mind

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Tuesday, January 10, 2023 5:18 PM As we look forward to 2023, it may be difficult to predict the mindset of eyewear consumers. According to a recent article in Forbes, How Will Consumer Behavior Change In 2023?, “2023 will be a jumble of mixed signals, reflecting a unique environment characterized by opposing forces: exuberance as the pandemic wanes, tempered by caution in the face of economic turbulence. In a nutshell, don’t expect consumers to be shy about spending in 2023. But expect them to be far pickier—seeking out fewer, richer experiences that blend the digital fluidity of the pandemic with the familiarity and intimacy of the times that came before.” Read More

Consumers Continue to Embrace Contactless Payments

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Tuesday, January 10, 2023 12:43 PM COVID-19 has played a significant role in the rapid adoption of contactless payments, with the continued growth of the smartphone segment of the market also a key contributor.