Novartis Names Whitney Hauser, OD, to Key Ophthalmics Post

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Friday, September 25, 2020 12:30 AM BASEL, Switzerland—As part of its commitment to developing innovative resources and relevant educational opportunities for ECPS Novartis (NYSE: NVS) has announced that Dr. Whitney Hauser will join its eyecare team as director, peer education for U.S. Ophthalmics.

AOA to Establish Task Force on Diversity and Inclusivity

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Friday, September 25, 2020 12:27 AM ST. LOUIS—The American Optometric Association (AOA), moving to follow-up on its earlier statement  on the national dialogue around diversity following the death of George Floyd, has taken the opportunity to look inward and assess how the organization can be even more impactful and focus on advocacy for doctors, patients and as a profession. One of the results has been the effort to develop a board-level Diversity and Inclusivity Task Force appointed by AOA president William T. Reynolds, OD.

ECPs Optimistic as Business Increases, Wave 15 of Jobson Survey Finds

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Thursday, September 24, 2020 12:33 AM NEW YORK—Even with the coronavirus pandemic continuing to move across the U.S. in a hopscotch-like path, ECPs and eyecare practice managers seem to be exhibiting a more optimistic outlook on circumstances and taking steps to get back to more of a “normal” approach to business, according to the 15th Wave of Jobson's ECP Coronavirus Survey. Jobson Research conducted the survey during the Sept. 18-22 period.

LION Eye Group Signs Supplier Agreement With ABB Optical Group

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Thursday, September 24, 2020 12:30 AM NEW YORK—LION Eye Group, a network of independent optometry practices that utilizes various key initiatives and protocols across strategic and non-clinical operational disciplines to increase provider profitability, entered into a master service agreement with ABB Optical Group.

VSP Global’s COVID-19 Patient Care Grant Program to Help Offset Pandemic Expenses Is Now Available to ECPs

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Thursday, September 24, 2020 12:27 AM RANCHO CORDOVA, Calif.—VSP network doctors can now apply for the recently announced VSP Global COVID-19 Patient Care Program, which offers grants to help practices offset expenses and financial hardships due to the pandemic.

Santen to Acquire Topical Ophthalmic Products Company Eyevance for $225 Million Under Terms of Share Purchase Agreement

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Tuesday, September 22, 2020 12:24 AM OSAKA, Japan and FORT WORTH, Texas—Santen Pharmaceutical Co. Ltd.and Eyevance Holdings have announced that Santen Holdings U.S. Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Santen, and Eyevance Holdings entered into a share purchase agreement where Santen Holdings acquires all of the outstanding shares of Eyevance Pharmaceuticals Holdings.

Sen. Boozman Introduces Contact Lens Rule Modernization Act

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Monday, September 21, 2020 12:36 AM ALEXANDRIA, Va.—In an effort to offset language in the FTC’s updated Contact Lens Rule, Sen. John Boozman (R-Ark.) last week introduced in the U.S. Senate the Contact Lens Rule Modernization Act,  which would eliminate the use of robocalls to verify contact lens prescriptions, according to a statement by the Health Care Alliance for Patient Safety (APS). The bill, which APS endorsed, is co-sponsored by Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) and Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.)

Arkansas Supreme Court Denies Ballot Challenge to Scope of Practice Law

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Monday, September 21, 2020 12:30 AM LITTLE ROCK, Ark.—Optometrists in Arkansas had won the right to expand their scope of practice under a 2019 law, but these rights had been held in abeyance while an opposition group sought to have the law put to a vote in a state ballot referendum.

Premier Academy360 and the American Diabetes Association Partner to Provide No-Cost Accredited Continuing Education on Diabetes and Eye Health for VSP Network Doctors

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Monday, September 21, 2020 12:27 AM RANCHO CORDOVA, Calif.—As part of a larger initiative announced last November between VSP Global and the American Diabetes Association (ADA), the VSP Global Premier Program announced that it will offer an ADA-accredited virtual continuing education (CE) course to all VSP network doctors at no cost through PremierAcademy360. 

The Jobson Optical Research 2020 U.S. Optical Retailer Report & Directory Is Now Available

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Monday, September 21, 2020 12:18 AM NEW YORK—Jobson Optical Research’s 2020 Optical Retailer Report & Directory is now available. The directory contains a comprehensive list of the top optical retailers in the U.S., including contact information for the company headquarters, key executives, buyer names for all product categories, and trade names including DBAs. The list includes 72 headquarter locations. In addition, the report and directory includes Vision Monday’s annual “Top 50 U.S. Optical Retailers” ranking and analysis, which includes 2019 estimated sales and business unity counts for each retailer.

Salus, Hampton Universities Establish New Partnership to Address Shortage of Black Student Representation in Optometry Schools

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Friday, September 18, 2020 12:30 AM ELKINS PARK, Pa.—Salus University Pennsylvania College of Optometry (PCO) recently partnered with Hampton University, one of the nation’s historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) based in Hampton, Va., to offer a new articulation agreement to address the shortage of Black student representation in optometric education and the health care profession.

MetLife to Acquire Versant Health for $1.7 Billion

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Thursday, September 17, 2020 9:22 AM NEW YORK— MetLife Inc. (NYSE: MET) has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Versant Health from an investor group led by Centerbridge Partners and including FFL Partners for approximately $1.675 billion in an all-cash transaction, according to an announcement Thursday morning. Versant Health owns the well-established marketplace brands Davis Vision and Superior Vision. Following the acquisition, MetLife will gain access to Versant Health’s roughly 35 million members, and MetLife’s existing customers will gain access to Versant Health’s extensive provider network, which is one of the largest in the industry.

Visible Genomics Launches DNA Age-Related Macular Degeneration Testing

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Thursday, September 17, 2020 12:24 AM CHICAGO—Visible Genomics, a  genetics testing company has announced the launch of a new non-invasive genetic eye test that determines a patient’s likelihood of contracting age-related macular degeneration (AMD), a disease that causes blindness.

Jobson Honors Three New ODs on its Online Eyecare Heroes Gallery

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Thursday, September 17, 2020 12:21 AM NEW YORK—As the COVID-19 virus continues to affect our everyday activities, Jobson continues its salute to the industry's health care workers, especially ECPs, for continuing to provide essential eyecare during the pandemic. This week, we honor three more Eyecare Heroes in our online gallery located at the Eyecare Heroes site. Dr. Gary Chu, New England College of Optometry, Boston, Mass., Dr. Michael McGovern, SUNY College of Optometry, New York, N.Y., and Dr. Eva Yan, Metro Optics, Bronx, N.Y. ECPs in the Gallery were selected from among the nominations submitted by readers of Vision Monday and 20/20.

PECAA and Optometry Practice Valuations Enter Partnership

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Tuesday, September 15, 2020 12:27 AM PORTLAND, Ore.—Professional Eye Care Associates of America (PECAA), a nationwide doctor alliance group serving independent eyecare practitioners, announced that it has entered into a strategic partnership with Optometry Practice Valuations to offer a personalized and discounted valuation service to its members.