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: Be part of essential wellness programs

November 6, 2015

The signature aspect of the Affordable Care Act is the list of essential benefits that are required for the health care exchange. These benefits, however, are moving…

BLOG: First reports on the transition to ICD-10

October 20, 2015

The big day came at the beginning of this month: the long-awaited and much-feared start of the mandated conversion from the beloved and revered ICD-9 to the complex and…

BLOG: Comment on the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act

October 2, 2015

This summer, Congress passed the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015. (MACRA). The president signed this into law on April 14. In this latest law…

BLOG: Do you provide preventive health care?

September 14, 2015

To prepare for this blog, I reviewed the piece entitled, “Implementing Health Reform: House Can Sue Administration Over ACA Cost-Sharing Reduction Payments,”…

BLOG: Disease management programs for eye care

August 28, 2015

The fundamental unit of eye care for optometrists has traditionally been the eye examination. This speaks to the roots of our profession of measuring the refractive…

BLOG: The path forward for optometry

August 11, 2015

The profession of optometry is at a unique crossroad for its role in the health care system. Although much of this discussion will be related to American optometry, the…

BLOG: Moving your eye examination to primary care

July 23, 2015

A large number of optometrists use the term “primary care" to describe their services or their type or mode of practice. There are, however, a number of key points…

BLOG: The 'reform' of health care reform

July 6, 2015

Last week marked another victory for the current vehicle of health care reform. For those who had been hoping that the Supreme Court would diminish the Affordable Care…

BLOG: The role of optometry in a community health center

June 12, 2015

Last week, I had the opportunity to visit the East New York Diagnostic and Treatment Center, a Community Health Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. This center is part of the New…

BLOG: Take a closer look at alternate eye care delivery

May 26, 2015

Eye care has traditionally been delivered in a doctor’s office. Although the setting has changed over the last century from only the classic “private…