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 and OcuHub.

BLOG: Taking a broader view

April 29, 2016

April is a transition month. As a long-term resident of the Northeast, the changes that take place around me in April are astounding. The grass turns from a dull greyish…

BLOG: Who inspires you?

April 14, 2016

I have a tendency to be influenced by the people that I meet and talk with. I often find the stories of the events and happenings of other people’s lives at least…

BLOG: The optometric physician can make a difference beyond eye care

March 28, 2016

I saw a very interesting patient this month and had an experience beyond my normal role. As do most optometrists, I get to know my patients very well over the years of…

BLOG: Cost of chronic disease management limits affordable health care

March 11, 2016

As the 2016 presidential race heats up, there is much discussion about health care and the effectiveness of the Affordable Health Care Act. While one side continues to…

BLOG: Don’t let your patients settle

February 24, 2016

I attempt to practice what I preach in my practice. Since adopting a primary health care approach to optometry, I spend a lot more time talking to my patients about…

BLOG: Where is the resistance to health care reform?

February 5, 2016

Although most people believe that our health care system is in need of reform, there exists a subtle resistance to many of the required elements of reform execution. …

BLOG: The viability of provider-led networks

January 19, 2016

There has been an increase in discussions about “provider-led networks” in the health care community over the past week. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) is…

BLOG: Are you ready for risk contracts?

December 31, 2015

As we look at the dawn of a new year, it is a great time to think about the future and consider changes that may affect our lives. For health care providers, this can…

BLOG: Should doctors have a say in health care reform?

December 16, 2015

There has been some historic news on the health care reform front this month. The U.S. Senate passed legislation that would repeal much of the Affordable Care Act. …

BLOG: The fundamental problem with health insurance exchange programs

November 23, 2015

This week may mark the turning point in the health insurance exchange program. United Healthcare Group has announced a sizable expected loss related to the exchange…