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    ODs’ top 4 gripes about vision care plans


    The views expressed here belong to the author. They do not necessarily represent the views of Optometry Times or UBM Medica.

    Vision care plans (VCP) can be difficult to figure out because each provider tends to have its own set of rules.

    In an attempt to bring clarity to the VCP landscape, I have put together a five-part series of blogs.

    Part one outlines the complaints ODs have with VCPs. These blogs are not intended to bash VCPs—nor to paint a rosy picture of unicorns for providers.

    After more than 20 years in practice plus time spent with colleagues at meetings, I had a pretty good idea of what ODs dislike about VCPs. To gain more insight, I crowdsourced on social media.

    Previously from Dr. Spear: The benefits of cleaning out your practice

    I posted on two optometry Facebook groups, ODs on Facebook and ODs on Practice Management and Insurance, asking for complaints about VCPs in preparation for a SECO lecture.

    Next week I am doing a lecture at SECO called, "What's my beef with vision plans."
    Tell me your beefs so I can include them!

    I was overwhelmed with comments, likes, and private messages.

    Here are three comments showing ODs have a sense of humor:

    • “Did they give you an eight-hour block?”

    • “Your course should be very popular. (Wonder if any antacid companies would want to sponsor your talk and hand out samples).”

    • “I'm sure a few alcohol manufacturers would make great sponsors too.”

    After reviewing the comments, I divided them into four topic buckets. Here are the top four complaints ODs have with VCPs.

    Related: Does your practice have a culture of can’t?

    Carl H. Spear, OD, MBA, FAAO
    Dr. Spear owns a multi-location group practice with his wife Dr. Katie Gilbert Spear in Pensacola, FL. Dr. Spear is commander of the ...


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