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EDUCATION & TRAINING
As we all continue to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic, VSP Global® remains committed to supporting you and your practice today, tomorrow, and into the weeks and months ahead. Here's what we can share today:
Are you hoping to better understand what the $2 trillion CARES Act means for your business? Mike Rivera from Bank of the West shares what you need to know when applying for SBA Coronavirus Relief loans available through the CARES Act. Learn who is eligible, how to apply, and what to expect.
Hosted by Michael Rivera, Director, Regional Market Manager, Northern California Central Valley and Nevada. Bank of the West, Commercial Banking Group.
Paycheck Protection Program
The SBA’s Paycheck Protection Program is a loan that helps small businesses keep their workforce employed during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis.
Economic Injury Disaster Loan
The SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan provides a loan advance of up to $10,000 to support small businesses impacted by the Coronavirus (COVID-19).
Is your profit intentional or accidental? Join Mark Wright, OD, FCOVD, to learn valuable strategies for managing expenses and how these strategies can be key to building intentional profit. This topic has never been more important than it is today. Register below for April 9, 2:30 PM PDT:
Many of you are having to make difficult business decisions, including decisions related to practice staffing, during the current COVID-19 pandemic. Learn about government programs available to pay your staff wages for eight weeks with Mark Wright, OD. This webinar will give you specific, practical suggestions on how to best support your practice at this time. Register for April 14, 12:00 PM PDT or April 16, 2:30 PM PDT below:
We are here for you and your practice during this uncertain time. Premier Academy360 will continue to provide webinars and online educational resources as we continue to navigate COVID-19 together. We’ll be partnering with HR professionals, ODs, and industry leaders to deliver timely and valuable content to support you and your practice. Stay tuned for more information on the following topics:
We are continually working to meet the needs of members and help drive more patients to network doctors for the essential eye care they need during the COVID-19 pandemic. On Monday, March 31, all network doctors were sent an email from “VSP Global firstname.lastname@example.org” with the subject line “Action Requested: VSP Global COVID-19 Form.” Read more
As we announced in the March 26 VSP Global News Alert, we are making some immediate changes designed to support your business during the pandemic, including waiving the Premier Program Check-In. Practices participating in the VSP Global Premier Program will keep their current status and benefits through the end of the year. Practices will be able to move up in tiers but not down during this time.
Robert Schultz, CEO, Vision One Credit Union, Mark Wright, OD, Review of Optometric Business Professional Editor & CEO, Practice Management Center, and Sam Quintero, OD, Immediate Past Chair, Association of Practice Management Educators, have collaborated on a guide for practices in the face of our current pandemic. Read more
VSP Global President and CEO Michael Guyette recently authored a LinkedIn post on the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and American Optometric Association guidelines regarding essential care and how VSP Global is responding to those guidelines. Read more
Learn about the different ways VSP Global is keeping members informed. Read more
March 23, 2020 Updates
Dorothy Hitchmoth, OD, talks about the critical role doctors of optometry play during this healthcare crisis. Read more
Following the guidance of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and American Optometric Association (AOA) related to urgent eye care needs, VSP Vision Care® will expand access to its VSP Primary EyeCare PlanSM services for most members and their dependents who are not currently covered with this benefit during the month of April. Read more
Approximately 60% of VSP Vision Care members have coverage that can be delivered via telehealth channels. Read more
The points you earned in 2019 will now expire on May 31, 2020. Read more
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has broadened access to Medicare telehealth services to empower medical providers to serve patients during the national public health emergency. In response, Eyefinity has introduced telemedicine functionality in Eyefinity EHR, enhancing your ability to provide care for patients during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more
Explore resources from Vision One Credit Union to help breakdown the newly implemented CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security) Act and SBA (Small Business Administration) Paycheck Protection Program. Learn how both may affect your practice.
Robert Schultz, CEO, Vision One Credit Union, Mark Wright, OD, ROB Professional Editor and CEO, Practice Management Center, and Sam Quintero, OD, Immediate Past Chair, Association of Practice Management Educators have collaborated on a guide for practices in the face of our current pandemic. Whether your practice is closed or still open in some capacity, this guide outlines steps you should take right away to mitigate the financial impact of the pandemic to your practice. Included in the guide is an interactive spreadsheet to help you evaluate the effects of expense reduction on cash flow, so you have a clearer picture of the actions you need to take.
Solutionreach understands that communication has never been more important. With good messaging, you can help patients prepare without panicking. Learn how you can use the tools Solutionreach offers to help you connect with patients.
Join Solutionreach for a free webinar series to help you plan to get your practice back in the game. Hear ideas for communication, preparation, and things you can do right now for your practice. Register for the series today.
Each week join for high-impact topics and ideas. Over the next three weeks, explore topics such as eye strain and working from home, social media and patient outreach, and more.
Available on demand: ODwire.org and CovalentCareers invite you to attend the 2020 Virtual Optometric Summit sponsored by ZEISS. This two-day complimentary online program offers live sessions and an interactive product showcase – all within a virtual exhibit hall – designed to let you explore technological and clinical innovations from the comfort of your own home.
On Wednesday, March 25 and Thursday, March 26 at 9:00 PM Eastern, 17 of the biggest industry players in optometry came together in solidarity of eye care practitioners.
Panelists included presidents and CEOs from VSP Global, ABB, Alcon, Bausch +Lomb, ClearVision, CooperVision, DeRigo, Essilor, EyeMed, HEA, Johnson and Johnson, Luxottica, NECO, Sanitas Advisors, Visioneering Technologies, VisionOne, and Walman.
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How is VSP Global responding to COVID-19? Are any operations changing?
Are Marchon/Altair and VSPOne labs operational? Will we experience any delays?
Should I continue to see VSP patients?
What does this mean for my practice’s Premier Program status?
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If you have any questions, please contact your VSP Global representative.
To help you and your practice stay connected to your patients during the COVID-19 crisis, the MMT COVID-19 Resource Kit includes recommendations, best practices, and useful resources – whether you are temporarily closed, offering limited services, or open normal business hours.
MMT COVID-19 Resource Kit
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VSP Member Information
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