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NCCVEH at Prevent Blindness Receives Renewed Grant

It will provide funds to promote healthy vision for kids.

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(PRESS RELEASE) CHICAGO – The National Center for Children’s Vision and Eye Health at Prevent Blindness (NCCVEH), celebrating its 10-year anniversary, announces that a second year of funding was received from the federal Health Resources and Services Administration’s Maternal and Child Health Bureau for $300,000 to support the center’s ongoing work to improve eye health in at-risk, minority, and vulnerable populations of young children by the year 2021.

A key project for the funding is the continuation of the “Better Vision Together- Community of Practice” program, a peer-to-peer mentorship and learning opportunity for eight communities and states including Texas, Arizona (2), Idaho, Massachusetts, Minnesota, California and Florida. Through Better Vision Together, teams are addressing all components of the vision and eye health system for children, including vision screening and access to eye care, parents/caregiver education and engagement, data collection, and professional education.

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The community of practice promotes this work through coalition building with the education, medicine, public health, community organization, and child care sectors. Populations served by the teams include Hispanic, Native American tribes in cities and reservations, Asian, African American, immigrants from Iraq, Congo, Burma, Somalia, Afghanistan, Laos and migrant farm workers.

To date, Better Vision Together partners have completed the following actions:

  • Eyes on Learning, Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust (Phoenix, Ariz.) – Hosted the Children’s Vision Health forum for 60 stakeholders and launched a public awareness campaign aimed at parents and caregivers around children’s vision (“Children Don’t Know What they Can’t See”).
  • Haverhill Promise of Children’s Vision, Haverhill Public Schools and Haverhill Promise (Haverhill, Mass.) – Created, produced and distributed book marks and book plates with the message for parents and caregivers: “Healthy eyes are ready to read; have your child’s eyes checked today.”
  • Improving Childhood Vision Health Task Force, Minneapolis Public Schools Office of Early Childhood Education (Minneapolis, Minn.) – Has begun implementing a new vision screening program for 2,500 Head Start students to be conducted by Lions Clubs volunteers.

The NCCVEH at Prevent Blindness is supported by the federal Health Resources and Services Administration’s Maternal and Child Health Bureau under grant number H7MMC24738. The total award amount for the “Vision Screening in Young Children” grant is $300,000 (percentage financed with nongovernmental sources .5%). This information or content and conclusions are those of the NCCVEH and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.

In 2009, the NCCVEH was established to develop a coordinated public health infrastructure to promote and ensure a comprehensive, multi-tiered continuum of vision care for young children. The NCCVEH continues to work with leading, volunteer advocates and professionals in ophthalmology, optometry, pediatrics, public health, and related fields, to review the current scientific literature, explore best practices, establish partnerships, develop data, and gain consensus on the best approach to children’s vision and eye health.

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Additional planned projects for this grant period include a social media awareness campaign targeting minority parents and caregivers, and development of an online Family Resource Tool Kit to be distributed to early childhood care and education centers.

“In 1908, Prevent Blindness was founded as a public health advocacy organization, specifically to address children’s vision issues,” said Jeff Todd, president and CEO of Prevent Blindness. “Thanks to the generous support of MCHB, we can continue to have a positive impact on children and their future across the country.”

For more information about the National Center for Children’s Vision and Eye Health at Prevent Blindness, or the Better Vision Together- Community of Practice program, please visit https://nationalcenter.preventblindness.org/better-vision-together or contact Donna Fishman at (800) 331-2020 or dfishman@preventblindness.org.

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DrChrono Launches EHR Services Directory

It will allow providers and medical practices to pick and choose the services they need for their practice.

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(PRESS RELEASE) SUNNYVALE, CA – DrChrono Inc., the company enabling the medical practice of the future, announced a new Services Directory with third-party companies that will allow providers and medical practices to pick and choose the services they need for their practice.

DrChrono is launching this initiative because there is a wide array of services available that can be provided to their community of customers. DrChrono is certifying these new partners in the Services Directory on the DrChrono EHR platform to ensure they’re qualified to assist with their customer base. Medical professionals will be able to find services in the directory such as third-party developers to help build on the DrChrono healthcare API, expertise on technology configuration to maintain a local network and more.

Here are the certified companies included in the new DrChrono Services Directory:

  • Beam Health Group – Beam offers new patient marketing for telemedicine consults to help them expand their reach and acquire new patients. Beam’s proven marketing Search Engine Marketing (SEM) playbook plus Beam’s free telemedicine app result in more new patients, consults and revenue.
  • Chirpy Bird – Provides a dedicated team that helps medical professionals obtain the highest possible MIPS score for their Medicare reimbursement. Chirpy Bird works methodically and efficiently to help practices meet program requirements and most importantly, they make sure their MIPS data is submitted to the right place by the deadline.
  • 1st Assistant Credentialing – Their team will assist all practices, facilities, specialties and individual providers in payor credentialing, re-credentialing and primary source verification services.
  • HELIX Medical and Equipment Financing – Powered by Kapitus, the financial technology firm who assisted over 40,000 businesses with low cost financing, powers the HELIX Medical Practice Financing program. HELIX was crafted to fit the specific needs of the medical practitioner, including medical specific underwriting, rates and terms to help physicians grow their practice with easy options for low-cost financing and purchasing new equipment.

Joy Rios, co-founder of Chirpy Bird mentions, “We are excited to be an extension of DrChrono and part of this new directory of qualified service providers that can take on the responsibilities of specific business tasks for medical practices. Our team of experts familiar with DrChrono’s EHR platform are looking forward to helping clinicians and their patients attain the highest possible MIPS score to maximize their Medicare reimbursements.”

“We created this new Services program to give our customers a certified directory of experts that can be leveraged when needed to handle necessary business processes. Many of our customers don’t have the capacity to hire a full in-house team to take care of certain business tasks and oftentimes more cost effective to outsource to a service provider,” said Daniel Kivatinos, co-founder and COO of DrChrono. “The service providers in our new directory are certified on our platform and qualified to assist customers with services whether it be related to finance or other tasks. We are excited to kick this off and will continue to add more services to the directory in the coming months.”

To learn more about the new DrChrono Services Directory, please visit – https://www.drchrono.com/services/

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Optometry Giving Sight Establishes New Board

Dr. Juan Carlos Aragón is the president.

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(PRESS RELEASE) GOLDEN, CO – Optometry Giving Sight announces that it has established a new board of directors to oversee the organization. Dr. Juan Carlos Aragón, president of CooperVision’s Specialty Eye Care Division, is the president of the new board. He previously served as Optometry Giving Sight’s chair of their Advisory Council U.S.A. and the Global Board for a several years.

Joining Dr. Aragón on the board are: Dr. Howard Purcell, president and CEO of the New England College of Optometry, Yvette Waddell, CEO of Brien Holden Vision Institute Foundation, Dr. Susan Cooper, former president of the World Council of Optometry and Dr. Earl Smith, former dean of the University of Houston College of Optometry. The OGS Board is meeting in Orlando during the Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Optometry and the World Congress of Optometry.

The past year has been one of transition for Optometry Giving Sight, as it is now focusing most of its fundraising priorities in the United States and Canada. The Brien Holden Vision Institute Foundation, one of the founding members of OGS, continues as a major implementing project partner. The World Council of Optometry, also a founding member of OGS, continues as a partner.

“We are very excited for Optometry Giving Sight’s future as we will be building on our strong history of supporting projects that bring accessible and sustainable eye care to those who are in need in the developing world. We look forward to enhancing our existing relationships in the vision care community and to establishing new partners throughout the industry” says Dr. Aragón.

Currently, Optometry Giving Sight is conducting its largest fundraising campaign of the year, the World Sight Day Challenge. Optometrists, practices and staff, vision care companies and others are all invited to participate in giving sight and hope to thousands of people around the world.

To learn more or make a donation please visit: https://www.givingsight.org/giving/world-sight-day-challenge.html

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BHVI Collaborates with Global Experts to Launch the Myopia Education Program

The launch will see all three courses available in an anytime, anywhere format.

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(PRESS RELEASE) BHVI launches their leading Myopia Education Program at the 2019 American Optometry Academy. The launch will see all three courses available in an anytime, anywhere format. This enables eyecare professionals to complete the program in their own time.

“We want to make our education program easily available to our community of professionals, so they have the flexibility to sign up and learn while still managing myopia in their busy practices” said Pamela Capaldi, Director of Professional Services with BHVI

BHVI has developed the program in collaboration from both BHVI and global experts. The use of interactive case studies, videos, polls and discussions gives participants an interactive, engaging and supported learning experience. Participants have a six-week time frame in which to complete these internationally accredited and recognized courses.

Uniquely, the BHVI Myopia Education Program comprehensively addresses managing Myopia from both a clinical and business practice perspective. The current program includes three key modules; 1. Managing Myopia – Changes the way you understand and treat myopia. 2. Complex Cases – Strategies and tools to help confidently manage more complex myopia cases. 3. The Business of Myopia –Maximize business results and grow your practice through managing myopia.

More about the Myopia Education Program can be found at education.bhvi.org

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