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: A model for optometric scope of practice legislation

June 20, 2016

This past weekend, I had the opportunity to provide a continuing education lecture for the Louisiana Optometric Association. It was a joint lecture with my son, Ryan P…

BLOG: A salute to our past

June 3, 2016

Last month, I had the unique opportunity to attend the celebration of my father’s 50-year anniversary of his graduation from the Massachusetts College of Optometry…

BLOG: Dissecting the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act

May 16, 2016

Out on the lecture circuit last week, I mentioned MACRA and was met with a sea of blank stares. The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015, which provides…

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…