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    ECPs share their New Year’s resolutions



    Provide the best solution to your patients’ eyecare needs

    “To screen every patient for dry eye disease without waiting for symptoms to present,” says Leslie O’Dell, OD, FAAO, Optometry Times blogger, of York, PA, via ODs on Facebook. “Also to be proactive and preventative in my care and start billing for external photos.”

    “To get the best fits on glasses and contact lenses as I possibly can and to sell more double, high-index, and fashion frames,” says Dixon Golden, OD, of Center, TX, via ODs on Facebook.

    “To develop a niche of specialty contact lenses and get the office and patients to value the services so we can start charging accordingly—while not beating my head against the wall fitting 50-year-old astigmatic presbyopic engineers,” says Dr. Stickle.

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    “To talk to every single patient with a smartphone about digital eye strain,” says Mike Karlsrud of Minneapolis via ODs on Facebook.

    “To try to remember that being contrite actually works—sometimes,” says Mark Forman of Middletown, CT, via ODs on Facebook.

    “I have two things,” says Charles McBride, OD, of Beaverton, OR, via ODwire.

    “One, I'd like to have a large, high-resolution screen on the wall on which the patient's spouse can view what I am seeing at the slit lamp with a foot pedal that will still the image on command. Reimbursement would be fine, but I'm really looking at ease of use and education. This was my goal last year, and I failed. Take two.”

    “Two, I'd like to learn more about and begin performing nasolacrimal duct probing when necessary,” says Dr. McBride.

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    “OK, I have three. I'm going to stop billing E/M codes. To quote Dr. Craig Steinberg: ‘Barton McCann, MD, MPH, senior healthcare officer for CMS at the 2007 National Carrier Advisory Committee Meeting, stated from the podium:

    I have no explanation why any optometrist or ophthalmologist would ever use an E/M code under any condition.’”

    “Focus on what I can control,” says Weslie Hamada, OD. “Which is the actions of myself— not on the actions of others.”

    “To better distinguish signal from noise: focus on one patient at a time and find joy in that moment,” says Michael Brown, OD, FAAO, Optometry Times Editorial Advisory Board member.

    Colleen E. McCarthy
    Colleen McCarthy is a freelance writer based in the Cleveland area and a former editor of Optometry Times. She is a 2010 graduate of the ...


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