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.

Primary health care data points are optometry’s future

October 14, 2014

As health care reform evolves, problems, barriers and new challenges continue to arise. Although the Affordable Care Act was written and developed to improve access to…

Electronic integration is here

September 25, 2014

Growing up in the middle of the last century, I was fascinated by the discovery and invention of new things that changed the world. As a young lad working in my…

Expanding role for optometry beyond primary health care

September 2, 2014

This blog will depart from my main theme of the primary health care role for optometry in health care reform. This week, I had the unique opportunity to see two…

'Be neither fish nor fowl'

August 13, 2014

This wise saying has roots that go back at least to the 15th century. It has been applied in many different contexts but applies today as good advice to optometrists…

Are you a primary care member of a health care system?

July 29, 2014

The delivery models for health care are in a rapid stage of growth and development to meet the challenges of health care reform. Hospital systems have been part of the…

Managing hypertension as an optometric physician

July 8, 2014

For many of us who began our optometric careers in the days before therapeutic drug laws, the idea of managing a medical problem without the privileges to write for the…

How is the progress of your primary care evolution?

June 23, 2014

Optometry is evolving in era of health care reform. Depending on your mode of practice, your future will depend on your direct involvement with primary medical care. …

Annual comprehensive eye exams are critical in the management of diabetes

June 6, 2014

Scott Edmonds, OD, FAAO, had the chance to address the primary care physician community in 18 states on a hot topic in practice management. Read on for his…

How is your medical charting?

May 19, 2014

My role as the chief medical officer of an eye and vision HMO provides me with a unique window into the medical charting of eye doctors. In the managed care world…

The practicality of meaningful use

April 23, 2014

Along with many of my colleagues, our practice moved to electronic medical records in 2011. This allowed us to take advantage of the…