Should You Give Your Optometric Practice Management One More Chance?

Posted by Sharon Chin on Thu, Nov 20, 2014 @ 10:11 AM

How well do you get along with your practice management and EHR system? Most of you will probably say that your relationship could be better. Just like any relationship, working with your system will take some hard work by both parties. But some relationships just can’t be fixed and you’re better off breaking up. So on top of shopping for friends and family this holiday season, maybe it’s time to treat yourself and your practice to a new optometric practice management and EHR software. But before you make that decision, ask yourself the following questions to see if your current system deserves a second chance.

Keep or Ditch: Questions for You and Your Optometric Practice Management System

When was the last time you didn’t get a headache from dealing with IT hassles?

If you are currently on a client-server practice management system, you’re probably dealing with constant IT maintenance when it comes to software updates, back-ups, and security measures. So, when was the last time you didn’t dread going into the server room? In fact, has there ever been a time when you looked forward to working with the technical requirements of maintain your client-server software?

Does it allow you to hang out with other devices?

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You wouldn’t want a clingy, overly attached date. So why would you want to work with an “overly attached” software? Does your software allow you to use different platforms and devices? Client-server and cloud-hosted systems only allow you to access the system on the device it was installed on. You should have the freedom to take your work home and work from anywhere you want. Cloud-based systems only require you to have a browser, so it is accessible from multiple platforms and devices. And, you’ll be able to use those devices anywhere with an Internet connection - no commitment to a device needed!

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Optical Resources: 15 Awesome Examples of Flex Benefits Advertising

Posted by Janelle Pauli on Wed, Nov 19, 2014 @ 15:11 PM

It can be hard to get those creative juices flowing to come up with display and advertising ideas to remind your customers to use their flex spending accounts before the end of the year. But if you don't encourage it, your practice could be missing out on some major bucks! We've got a great November guest post from our friends at The Optical Vision Site that lists 15 great examples of advertising flex spending to your patients! And if you like this post, don't forget to check out their blog regularly for unique optical resources ranging from marketing, eyecare events, promotions, and so much more!

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5 Reasons to be Thankful for Cloud Computing in Optical

Posted by Janelle Pauli on Tue, Nov 18, 2014 @ 10:11 AM

With the holiday season inching closer and closer it's the perfect time to be thankful for what you have both personally, and professionally. What are you most thankful for in your practice this year? If you're utilizing cloud computing in optical in your practice, you're probably pretty thankful for that. The cloud is full of benefits that help save your practice time and money, all while making you and your staff more efficient. And, if you aren't in the cloud yet, check out these 5 reasons why you might be thankful if you make the switch!

Why You and Your Patients Should be Thankful for Cloud Computing in Optical

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The way you access a cloud-based system is easily one of the biggest benefits. You don't have to worry about installing software on each of the devices that you want to access your system from. With any cloud solution you simply log into your system from a website on the Internet. Which means, as long as you're using a device that can access the Internet, and you have a reliable Internet connection - you can access your system. So from your office, or from the comfort of your home, you'll have 24/7 access!

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New eBook: The Final Rule and Meaningful Use Attestation Changes

Posted by Janelle Pauli on Thu, Nov 13, 2014 @ 10:11 AM

Maybe you've never intended on participating in The
Meaningful Use Program, and haven't even thought Meaningful Use attestationtwice about adopting an EHR software. So why should you be concerned with the Final Rule or Meaningful Use attestation in general?

Most Optometrists are eligible for the Meaningful Use Medicare Incentive Program, and if you're eligible and choose not to participate by 2015, your practice is going to be penalized through lower reimbursements for care provided to Medicare patients. So think again if you thought you'd be able to get away, pain-free, without participating!

What You Need to Know about the Final Rule and Meaningful Use Attestation Changes

If you don't participate by 2015, your practice will be subjected to payment adjustments to your Medicare reimbursements that start at 1% per year, and compound to a max of a 5% annual adjustment. You have to continue to demonstrate Meaningful Use every year to avoid adjustments in subsequent years.

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Why Your Patients are Thankful You’re Using Online Optical Ordering

Posted by Sharon Chin on Tue, Nov 11, 2014 @ 09:11 AM

If you’re not up to speed with online optical ordering, you might be losing your customers! You may be so used to the way things have been done; you might not see a need for a change. But your practice is a business, and to keep growing your business, you need to keep your customers happy not only to retain them, but to convert them into advocates for your business. Word of mouth is powerful and you'd want them to bring friends and family in! Online ordering can do a lot for both you and your customers. See how online ordering impacts your customers.

2 Ways Online Optical Ordering Makes Your Patients Happy

You Have More Time for Them

Did you know that eyecare providers agree that online ordering cuts the time it takes to place orders over the phone into half! Imagine placing twice the amount of orders in the time you took to place orders on the phone. With more time on your hands, you get to provide better patient care. Use the time saved to help your patients with their frame selection, or even explain their insurance coverage in detail. When your patients understand their cost, they are more likely to make a confident purchase. And when you don’t have to deal with returns or changed orders, you get an accurate estimate on your reimbursements and revenue for the month. Plus, a little customer service will go a long way.

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