5 Things to Communicate to Patients after the COVID-19 Quarantine


5 Things to Communicate to Patients After the COVID-19 Quarantine   As states begin lifting shelter-in-place or stay-at-home restrictions, providers are working on getting their practices back up and running. As you prepare to resume care delivery, keep in mind that patients may be hesitant to return to normal activities – especially ones who feel the risk of exposure to the coronavirus may be high. Communicating your safety measures across all patient touchpoints can be reassuring for patients. This article outlines five key points to communicate. For an extended version of this article, which includes examples that may be used to craft your patient communications and how to reinforce messaging across patient touchpoints, click here. 1. Express Your Commitment to Safety. Let your patients know that you take their concerns [...]

5 Things to Communicate to Patients after the COVID-19 Quarantine2020-06-23T17:16:57+00:00

Five iCare Health Plan Partners Acheive CMS 5-Star Quality Ratings


TAMPA, FL – iCare Health Solutions, LLC (iCare) has announced that its Diabetic Retinal Exam (DRE) patient outreach program has helped five of its Florida-based Medicare Advantage partners earn the CMS Five-Star rating for their Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set (HEDIS) Diabetic Retinal Exam (DRE) measure. “Achieving five stars for the DRE measurement is difficult,” says Tamara Bruns, Executive Vice President of Care Delivery Transformation at iCare. “It requires a strategic approach and ongoing effort to overcome geographical, socioeconomic, and communication challenges to reach our targeted populations. For five health plans to achieve the five-star rating is rare. Our team did an outstanding job. We are incredibly proud of this accomplishment.” iCare works with its contracted HEDIS health plan partners by targeting members who are non-compliant for their [...]

Five iCare Health Plan Partners Acheive CMS 5-Star Quality Ratings2019-10-14T18:22:20+00:00

The Many Types of Glaucoma


Did you know that there are many types of glaucoma? This fact may be surprising to many because when people think of glaucoma, they typically think of a condition that causes high pressure in the eye. However, there is more than one type of glaucoma. Each is different. All of them pose the risk of sight loss. This article reviews several types of glaucoma and their causes. What is Glaucoma? Glaucoma is an eye disease that is one of the leading causes of blindness. All types of glaucoma have the potential to damage the optic nerve. The optic nerve connects the eye to the brain, sending information that lets us see. Damage to the optic nerve causes sight loss that may lead to total blindness. When an optic nerve is [...]

The Many Types of Glaucoma2019-01-22T15:37:01+00:00

The Risks of Novelty Contact Lenses


  Considering Novelty Contact Lenses This Halloween? Visit Your Optometrist First. Halloween is around the corner. If you’re considering purchasing novelty or special effect contact lenses to perfect your cat, devil or zombie look, keep your eyes safe and plan a trip to your optometrist first. Why should I go to an optometrist before I order novelty contact lenses? While novelty contact lenses are easily accessible from online retailers and other sources, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warns not to buy novelty contact lenses that don't require prescriptions. Purchasing novelty contact lenses without a prescription can result in infections or even significant damage to the eye, which could lead to irreversible sight loss. What damage can non-prescription special effects contact lenses cause? According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, [...]

The Risks of Novelty Contact Lenses2018-12-17T21:13:11+00:00

Glaucoma: The Puff is Not Enough


Why Comprehensive Exams are a Better Method for Early Glaucoma Detection. Glaucoma is one of the leading causes of blindness in the United States and the leading cause of irreversible blindness. Called the “silent thief of sight,” the disease can reach an advanced stage long before visible changes in vision occur. Unfortunately, many people believe that they do not have the disease because they had a normal “air puff” screening. An estimated three million Americans have glaucoma, but only half know it. Glaucoma is a complex disease caused by damage to the optic nerve. There are many types of glaucoma. The most common type of glaucoma is narrow-angle glaucoma, which accounts for 70% of all adult cases of the disease. In early stages, patients do not experience symptoms. Because of this, [...]

Glaucoma: The Puff is Not Enough2019-01-17T19:31:26+00:00

What Does My Eye Prescription Mean?


You go to your optometrist or ophthalmologist and they test your eyesight. Unless you have perfect vision, they hand you a slip of paper (or send an electronic file) that has all these numbers and words that probably mean nothing to you. But they’re your eyes, and you want to know what your prescription means.   I’m going to break down each aspect of your eye prescription, so you can fully understand what’s going on with your sight.   OD, OS, and OU   One of the first things you’ll probably notice are the rows starting with either OD or OS (and sometimes OU). These codes are much simpler than you might realize.   OD stands for oculus dexter, which means your right eye OS stands for oculus sinster, which [...]

What Does My Eye Prescription Mean?2020-03-09T16:10:35+00:00

Why Primary Eye Care Is So Important


We’re sure you already know what primary health care is – it is that basic level of care from a family doctor that encompasses a broad range of potential issues. Primary eye care follows that same idea. It’s the basic, general, and regular health care for your entire eye.   This isn’t just about checking for 20/20 vision or getting a new prescription. Primary eye care runs all sorts of tests like pupil dilation, computerized tests, and that infamous air puff test.   Remember: this is about your whole eye health – and as you will soon see, the health of your entire body.   Here are 4 reasons why primary eye care is so important:   See Clearly   Let’s start with the obvious answer first. Regularly visiting your [...]

Why Primary Eye Care Is So Important2018-01-06T00:54:05+00:00

What You Need To Know About The HEDIS Health Care Rating


What You Need To Know About The HEDIS Health Care Rating · Every American needs health insurance – but other than cost, how do they know which one to choose? · Doctors work alongside health plans – but how do they know more about these companies they are working with? · And health plans may be experts in their own care and services – but how do they know whether they are better or worse than the next health plan? The answer to all of these questions is HEDIS, or the Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set. Here’s everything you need to know about this health care rating system. What Is HEDIS? HEDIS is a rating system that uses many different specific measures or standards to compare the performance and [...]

What You Need To Know About The HEDIS Health Care Rating2017-12-23T00:44:46+00:00

These Common Medications May Give You Vision Problems


In the world of health and medicine, we recognize that medications often come with a trade-off. You fix one problem, but experience X, Y, or Z side effects. So we weigh the pros and cons, together with our doctors, and make the best choice we can.   The biggest issue normally arises when we do not realize what potential side effects can come from our prescription or over-the-counter medications. That lack of knowledge can leave us with annoying consequences at best and life-threating consequences at worst.   Somewhere in the middle of those two extremes lands our eyesight. Many different medications can affect the eyes.   Some just make them dry or irritated Others can cause blurriness, double vision, or visual disturbances (like floaters) And others get more serious – [...]

These Common Medications May Give You Vision Problems2020-03-09T14:19:16+00:00

These Common Meds May Hurt Your Eyes


When we go on a new medication, we are hopeful that our health problem will go away – or at least be better managed. We are not hoping for a whole new set of health issues. But sometimes, that’s exactly what we get all thanks to side effects.   Here is a list of common medications that have been shown to negatively affect the retina (in some cases). This list is not comprehensive, nor will every person taking these drugs have negative eye-related side effects.   If problems do pop up, it is often related to inappropriate dosing. Sometimes any visual impairment will go away once you stop using it; other times the retinal damage can be permanent.   So no matter what, it is imperative to make sure you [...]

These Common Meds May Hurt Your Eyes2017-12-07T19:48:38+00:00