Scott A. Edmonds, OD, FAAO, focuses his blog on the role of the optometrist in health care reform – moving from primary eye care to primary health care. He is the chief medical officer of MARCH Vision Care, the co-director of the Low Vision/Contact Lens Service at Wills Eye Institute in Philadelphia and a member of the Primary Care Optometry News Editorial Board. 

Disclosure: Edmonds is a consultant for March Vision.

The Affordable Care Act is knocking at your door

February 6, 2014

As we begin a new month for 2014, I have started to look for some changes in the landscape for optometric care. As the Affordable Care Act becomes operational, we, as…

Does everyone really need health insurance?

January 22, 2014

The holiday season had a few bumps. One of the largest for me was learning that one of my lifelong friends was diagnosed with a life-threatening medical problem. This…

State initiatives may increase interest in OD role in primary health care

January 6, 2014

In my last blog, I discussed new delivery models for primary health care. I listed several states where Medicaid was considering the new delivery options of accountable…

New delivery models for primary care optometry

December 20, 2013

I have been a careful student of the new models for the delivery of primary health care. Most of us are familiar with the patient-centered medical home, but there are…

Prescribing medication in the climate of health care reform

December 6, 2013

Many of my family members are health care providers. Seven, soon to be eight, are optometrists, but there are also a few physicians and a new speech pathologist in the…

Building your health care team

November 20, 2013

I attended the annual meeting of my favorite ophthalmology group this month. The cataract surgeon gave a nice talk on the team of a patient’s primary optometrist…

Metabolic syndrome a critical diagnosis for the primary care optometrist

November 5, 2013

If one were to consider which diseases would be significant for the practice of optometry, one would have to think of glaucoma. After all, we spend many hours of…

Broken promise?

October 27, 2013

I read with great interest the Dec. 2, 2013, issue of Time magazine. The cover caught my eye with a broken aspirin labeled, “Obama Care” and the headline…

The role of networks in the new health care delivery models

October 22, 2013

The entry point for optometrists to accountable care organizations, health care exchanges and other new delivery models will largely be through some form of network…

Recharging your primary health care batteries

October 10, 2013

There is nothing like a big optometry meeting to re-energize your outlook on the profession. I am just back from