Today’s AOA First Look features two stories on how the healthcare industry is putting pressure on the GOP to stabilize Affordable Care Act (ACA) Marketplaces. A piece today from Axios shows that the big five for-profit U.S. health insurance companies – Aetna, Anthem, Cigna, and UnitedHealth Group – cumulatively collected $4.5 billion in net earnings, which represents historically … More Should the ACA Be Abandoned? More Evidence Shows Things Aren’t So Bad
“I’m hoping the public will take away a renewed, elevated view of the importance of comprehensive eye and vision care, and how doctors of optometry play a major role in facilitating access to and integrating patient care with health systems across the nation.” – Lori Grover, OD, PhD The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention … More Advocating for Optometry Within The Nation’s Health Landscape: Representing AOA at the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention
The New England Journal of Medicine recently published a paper entitled “Frequency of Evidence-Based Screening for Retinopathy in Type I Diabetes” by the DCCT/EDIC Research Group, funded by the NIH. The authors of the study used retinal photographs and other data from a cohort of patients followed for over 30 years in the DCCT/EDIC studies. Robust data … More A Message At Risk for Misinterpretation – Or, Another Reason Why Words Matter
We make important choices every day that impact our patients, our practices, and our profession. At Optometry‘s Meeting this summer, my colleagues have the opportunity to support another important choice that can further elevate our profession within a complex health care and public health environment across our states and the nation. As a candidate for … More AOA Focus On The Candidates: Leadership Matters!
The Evidence-based Optometry team is proud to share our most recent American Optometric Assiciation Clinical Practice Guideline “Comprehensive Pediatric Eye and Vision Examination“. Approved by the AOA Board of Trustees, and following an intensive Institute of Medicine (now the National Academies or NASEM) process, this guideline offers something for everyone: evidence for doctors’ clinical decision making; … More New National Resource For Ensuring Kids’ Eye and Vision Health
Early this year, colleague and Editor Dr. Michael Twa invited me to publish in Optometry and Vision Science on the National Academy of Science, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) report that addresses eye and vision health in the context of improving our nation’s population health. It’s a pleasure to share with you the e-publication from the … More A Catalyst for Action and Inspiration for Advocacy
Gender is a determinant of health. Population health is regarded as ‘the health outcomes of a group of individuals, including the distribution of such outcomes within a particular group’. In addition to demographic factors like gender, other determinants of health include care delivery systems, social factors, and one’s environment. These determinants all have a biological impact … More Gender Matters! Evidence For Women and Optometric Care