Headlines AOA Approved for Group Purchasing of Lenses, Frames, Contacts The U.S. Department of Justice gave its OK. Published 8 months ago on January 20, 2020 By INVISION Staff Share Tweet The U.S. Department of Justice has given the American Optometric Association the nod to expand its group purchasing activities to include lenses, frames and contacts. The association and its subsidiary AOAExcel GPO LLC had asked the department for a business review letter on the matter. Law360 explains that such a document can provide “proactive assurances of non-enforcement.” The department explained in the Jan. 15 letter that it “presently does not intend to challenge the GPO’s expansion to include optometric products.” It noted, however, that it “reserves the right to challenge the GPO in the future if the GPO’s operations are determined to be anticompetitive in purpose or effect.” Up until now, AOA’s group purchasing organization has only offered non-optometric products, such as professional liability insurance, credit card processing, life insurance, general office supplies, general medical supplies and equipment. It uses Intalere, a third-party healthcare group purchasing organization, as its agent to negotiate discounts on products and services. Advertisement As of February 2019, 1,011 association member optometric practices had signed up to participate, and 251 practices had made at least one purchase. The Department of Justice wrote: “Based on our investigation and your representations described above regarding the GPO [group purchasing organization] and its proposed expansion to include optometric products, the GPO expansion is unlikely to produce anticompetitive effects.” Related Topics:AOALatest News Top click to Comment(Comment) Up Next Idaho Considers Allowing ODs to Perform Laser Eye Surgery Don't Miss Biotech Firm Raises $30M for Eye Disease Therapies INVISION Staff Since launching in 2014, INVISION has won 23 international journalism awards for its publication and website. Contact INVISION's editors at [email protected]. Advertisement SPONSORED VIDEO SPONSORED BY SHAMIR Shamir Glacier PLUS™UV Utilizing the most advanced technologies, Shamir Glacier PLUS™ UV ensures you receive the most enhanced performance from your lenses. You may like Santen Acquires Eyevance in $225M Deal ECPs Share their Best-Selling Collections for July 2020 VSP Global Names First Chief Diversity Officer Promoted Headlines Introducing EssilorLuxottica 360 Essilor American Eyes 2020 — Safilo’s Celebration of U.S. Eye Care Professionals Continues Safilo Introducing C Life by Champion L'Amy Advertisement Latest Trending Videos Headlines17 hours ago Santen Acquires Eyevance in $225M Deal Products17 hours ago ECPs Share their Best-Selling Collections for July 2020 Press Releases3 days ago VSP Global Names First Chief Diversity Officer Columns3 days ago TikTok for the Modern Eye Doc Headlines4 days ago MetLife to Acquire Versant Health, Owner of Davis Vision and Superior Vision, in $1.68B Deal Photo Gallery7 days ago The Frame Within the Frame … and More Fiendishly Brilliant Home Eyewear Repairs From Your Clients Headlines3 weeks ago Warby Parker Gets $245M in Funding Headlines4 weeks ago VSP Ventures Acquires 6 California Optometry Practices Photo Gallery2 weeks ago 16 Images That Show Why ‘Uptown Eyes’ in Fayetteville, AR, Was Named One of America’s Finest Optical Retailers Cover Stories6 days ago Don’t Do It! 44 Things an ECP Should Just Never Do Sponsored Content7 days ago Introducing EssilorLuxottica 360 Sponsored Webinars1 month ago Introducing Varilux® Comfort Max Lenses Headlines1 month ago Video: Gandhi’s Eyeglasses Could Fetch $19K+ at Auction INVISION Podcast2 months ago Podcast: Talking with the Finest, Hippest of Them All About Why There are No Ball Point Pens in Her Shop Headlines3 months ago Video: 11 ODs Share Their Stories of Being Black in America Advertisement SubscribeBULLETINS Get the most important news and business ideas for eyecare professionals every weekday from INVISION. Advertisement Most Popular Photo Gallery7 days ago The Frame Within the Frame … and More Fiendishly Brilliant Home Eyewear Repairs From Your Clients Cover Stories6 days ago Don’t Do It! 44 Things an ECP Should Just Never Do Headlines4 days ago MetLife to Acquire Versant Health, Owner of Davis Vision and Superior Vision, in $1.68B Deal Headlines5 days ago EssilorLuxottica and Facebook to Collaborate on Smartglasses Buzz Session7 days ago We Wanted to Know Your Favorite Social Media Accounts to Follow and Boy Did You Deliver Columns3 days ago TikTok for the Modern Eye Doc Products1 week ago Representation Matters and These 9 Alternative Fit Frames Are Here For It True Tales1 week ago A Patient Insists These Are Not Her Glasses and Someone Switched Them!