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Nov112013

Proud to be...Eyemed Free.

Our practice is no longer participating with Eyemed vision plans.  Eyemed is owned by eyecare giant Luxottica, who also is a frame manufacturer as well as owning retail outlets such as Lenscrafters, Pearle Vision, Sears Optical, Target Optical, etc.  

As of October 1st, Eyemed changed their business model to disallow local practices to use their own in house lab to fabricate patient prescriptions, instead having to use Eyemed's lab and frame lines.  This increases patient wait time, decreases quality, and takes revenue streams away from local optical companies.  

They also changed some of the language in their new contract that would affect how I participate with medical insurance panels.  I believe the language to not only violate regulations set forth by the State Board that governs our profession, but also to violate contractual agreements with the medical panels themselves.  

Eyemed has seen a downward trend in quality and subscriber satisfaction for many years now as they are trying to make their business model relevant to parent company, Luxottica.  

In the event you are an Eyemed subscriber, we can help you file your claim with them for reimbursement for your examination.  All that is needed is an out of network claim form and an itemized exam receipt (both of which we can provide). As always, our patients are our top priority, and you are welcome to call with any questions.  

60 minutes did have an interesting expose on Luxottica's business practices recently.  It is about a 13 minute video, but very enlightening.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=voUiWOGv8ec

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