EYECARE: Coronavirus BRIEFING: Business Updates [Partner Post] Open Strong By Staff Wednesday, May 13, 2020 12:00 AM Around the country, governors and local governments have reopened their economies. As independent practices open their doors, doctors are increasingly looking for guidelines and resources to operate safely and stimulate recovery. Here are a few tips to consider for your reopened practice: Tip 1: In these historic times, it is important to leverage the power of community to help manage day-to-day struggles, endure crises, and position your business for safe and effective recovery. Doctor alliances serve to build partnerships and communities, providing independent eye care providers tools, resources, and advantages they are unable to gain on their own. Tip 2: Research available resources to assist with financial challenges you may face as a result of COVID-19. Tip 3: As patients return, you will face unique challenges in addressing staff and patient health, safety, and comfort. The team at Vision Source has developed a comprehensive set of protocols for their members, ensuring each practice can operate safely and confidently while creating the best experience for their patients. Tip 4: Communication is key. Your patients want to know what steps you have taken to create a safe and comfortable environment. Keep them updated as your plans evolve, including any changes to your hours of operation. Tip 5: Plan for the future. Develop emergency response plans and continually evaluate your practice’s readiness to address future challenges. Consider strengthening relationships with key business partners or joining a doctor alliance to ensure access to resources you may need as you navigate the post-COVID world. At Vision Source, North America's premier network of private practice optometrists, the team has called on their experience and resources to provide a robust Member's only COVID-19 content hub with practice management tools, clinical knowledge and business advice to help members emerge strong in this time of recovery. Whatever the challenges ahead, we are stronger together. Through Vision Source, you will find networking, best practice sharing, cost saving opportunities, and a dynamic community of like-minded professionals intent on keeping private practice strong. To learn more, please visit visionsourceplan.com. Together, we will help your patients see more and do more - including visiting you for their annual eye exam and leaving with their perfect pair of lenses.