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.

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…

Welcome relief from ICD-10

April 7, 2014

Last weekend, I attended Vision Expo East in New York.  I am always amazed by the size of the exhibit hall and can often get a “pulse” of the profession…

The primary care doctor must be a patient advocate

March 12, 2014

Now that the implementation phase of the Affordable Care Act is upon us, optometrists are seeing more patients with new health insurance. The coverage for medical eye…

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…