Category: PVG News

Billing OCT and Fields through the stages…

Billing OCT and Fields through the stages…

Most Medicare carriers revised coverage determination at the end of August for billing Scanning Computerized Ophthalmic Diagnostic Imaging (SCODI, or “OCT”) and other diagnostic services together for the management of glaucoma. Retinal images, extended ophthalmoscopy and B-scan cannot be billed in conjunction with SCODI. For suspect or mild glaucoma (stage 1), fields and SCODI are […]

The Six F’s of a New Year’s Resolution

The Six F’s of a New Year’s Resolution

The new year is a great time to formulate and stick to resolutions that improve your life and that of the people around you.  A friend, business associate, and fellow “resolution fanatic,” Dr. Chris Owens, discovered these “six F’s” as a way to organize a comprehensive set of resolutions. Your resolutions can be organized around these […]

Several of Our Southern Cities Lead Job Recovery

A report filed for the U.S. Conference of Mayors shows many major cities lead the pack for jobless rate recovery since the recession, according to USA Today.  Vibrant Southern cities have or will soon recover from the jobless rate caused by the recession in 2008. Charleston, SC recovered spring of last year followed by Raleigh which […]

Generosity – One of the Traits of a Successful Practice

I have the privilege of working with many great practices and one trait that they all have in common is their generosity to their patients, team members and community. One example of this “pay it forward” philosophy is an exceptional practice that gives each team member $100 to give away each Christmas.  There are no […]

If We Used Shorter Names for Things Would We Need so Many Initialisms? Or What is an ACO? and What Does it Mean to ODs?

An Accountable Care Organization (ACO) is a local group of Medicare providers tasked with providing quality, low-cost health care to a specific population of patients.   They are either physician or hospital led and are responsible for the care of at least 5,000 Medicare patients over at least a three-year term.  During that time, quality and […]

SMARTY Goals Keep You on Track

Every year I spend a lot of time developing my resolutions or “game plan” for the coming year.  It has become such an integral part of the my holiday vacation that I get anxious when I’m not working on it.  I use personal and professional goals in a variety of aspects – spiritual, physical, and […]

Relationship Marketing

I think it is no accident that market share of private practice optometry is expanding.  Why does our market grow while private pharmacies and hardware stores disappear? To me, the answer is obvious.  When it comes to eye care and eyewear products, no one can replace the relationship of the locally-owned and operated eye care […]