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7/18/12 What's the future of optometry?
7/25/12 Are there too many OD's?
8/1/12 Staff - Hire personality or experience?
8/8/12 Best and worst marketing you've ever done
8/15/12 Are we giving away eyeglasses sales because of medical eyecare?
8/22/12 Vision Care Plans - Can you live without them?
8/29/12 All things Social Media with special guest, Dr. Nathan Bonilla-Warford
9/05/2012 When to bring in an associate and how to do it
9/12/2012 Is the Optomap or a retinal camera a substitute for dilation?
9/26/2012 Dr. Alan Glazier discusses important social media strategies
10/10/12 Well known Optician and educator Ed DeGennaro discusses e-optical tools, maximizing opticians in your practice, Internet eyeglasses and more
10/17/12 Publisher Frank Giamannco shares his unabashed views on the state of the profession
10/24/12 What your plans to ensure you grow your practice next year? Learn how to create a budget and marketing plan.
11/07/12 Hurricane Sandy has done her damage. Learn disaster and contingency planning strategies for your practice. It doesn't take a significant weather event to put this plan into place. Tune in to hear how your practice might be at risk.
11/14/12 An eye exam from a kiosk? Bart Foster, CEO & Founder of SoloHealth is our guest and he'll be discussing his company's technology - which is scheduled to be in about 1,200 WalMart stores soon!
11/21/12 Howard Purcell, OD, Senior VP at Essilor, shares his thoughts about the future of the profession and goes in depth discussing technology in the dispensary and online eyeglasses
12/05/12 Buying Group or Doctor Alliance? Which is better for your practice? Listen to Mark Feder, OD (CEO of IDOC) and Michael Block (President of Block Buying Group) share their views and opinions.
12/12/12 LensCrafter founder, Dean Butler discusses the history of the company, where the industry is headed now and how OD's can compete with the Internet and our new economy.
12/19/12 Shake things up for the new year. Gary Gerber discusses his 5 top ways to positively disrupt the way your practice runs to ensure you have a more profitable year.
1/2/13 Drs. Alan Glazier, Nathan Bonilla–Warford and Justin Bazan, three social media experts in their own right, discuss, debate and argue the merits of things like Yelp, Facebook and Google+ as well as whether you even need a web page at all and how to handle negative online reviews.
1/9/13 The President of VSP Vision Care, Jim McGrann, joins us and answers questions about decreasing reimbursements, Eyeconic, corporate out of network providers and a slew of other hot topics. Things really heat up on the Q&A session so make sure to listen to the whole show!
1/16/13 Can a practice survive without vision care plans? Cary Herzberg, OD, joins The Power Hour! Cary made the conscious decision to not accept ANY vision plans and lived to have a vibrant, healthy and profitable specialty contact lens practice. Learn the steps he took to make what many of us only dream about, his reality!
1/23/13 How does your practice confirm appointments, reach out to patients for things like recall and practice announcements? How do you manage and generate positive online reviews? The two industry leaders in this category discuss the importance of communicating with patients in our wired world and how their individual offerings compare. It's a great discussion from 4patientcare and DemandForce!
2/6/13 Industry veteran and special guest, Angel Alvarez, the CEO of ABB Optical Group, joins the show. He'll be giving his very insightful and thought provoking ideas on creative ways OD's can stay profitable and competitive. As a the leading distributor in the US (and having recently merged with ODG), Angel has a keen vested interest in the health, success and viability of private practice. Hear his answer to the question, "Knowing what you know, if you were a private OD, what would YOU do to ensure your survival and maximal profitability?
2/13/13 Glenn Ellisor, OD the founder of Vision Source and Walt West, OD join The Power Hour! Vision Source is optometry's oldest and biggest doctor alliance. With thousands of members, what makes Vision Source special and why do doctors join? Why not just join a buying group or negotiate pricing deals on your own? Why not just attend trade shows and local meetings for education and camaraderie? Hear what Glen and Walt predict for the future of the industry and why they think doctors will struggle if they do NOT join an alliance.
2/20/13 David Friedfeld, the president of ClearVision Optical, the well known frame company, joins our show. While ClearVision is indeed a large company David has some great entrepreneurial insights that you’ll definitely want to hear. The company’s long legacy of being family owned will resonate with many of our listeners. David shares his unique thoughts on everything from where the industry is headed, frame inventorying and merchandising, real and perceived differences between designer brand frames, how private docs can compete with Internet eyeglasses as well as lots of other great information.
2/27/13 Known for their unique approach to customer service being a great place to work, John Wolske, Cultural Evangelist from Zappos joins the show.
3/6/13 SEO, SMO, Web 2.0, Google +, Google Place, Facebook, Pinterest, Yelp - it's overwhelming UNTIL Jason Daniels talks about it and explains it in easy to understand English! Jason is an experienced web guru from Eyecarepro and has vast experience helping OD's navigate the online world. Great show!
3/16/13 LIVE from Vision Expo East! Bob Schultz from Vision One Credit Union and Dr. Howar Purcell from Essilor discuss challenges and opportunities for doctors transitioning into or out of a private practice.
3/26/13 Dr. Alan Homestead, the Yoda of optometric billing and coding, discusses some of the best ways to survive an audit, common "gotchas" and gives some great tips to instantly boost your practice's bottom line.
4/3/13 Marge Axelrad from Vision Monday joins the show! As an editor and "industry insider," Marge shares her views and experience on current trends and challenges affecting OD practices.
4/10/13 Doctors can collect more than $3,000 and sometimes up to $6,000 per patient. It’s safe, it works, it is rarely covered by insurance, and a technician can do a lot of the work. There is little cost of goods involved, yet very few doctors perform vision therapy in their practices. Why is that? The old school thinking of, "it’s voodoo" no longer applies since there are numerous well done studies that support the efficacy of VT, and tens of thousands success stories exist. With all that said, why do so few practices offer VT to their patients?
Barry Tannen, OD, FCOVD has a huge and wildly profitable VT practice in New Jersey. He teaches practice management at SUNY Optometry and has consulted with other doctors on how to manage a thriving VT practice.
Join Barry as he tackles the "why don’t more docs do VT" question, as well as offering great advice for those who DO already have VT as a part of their practices.
4/17/13 Professor Brien Holden joins the show calling in live from Australia. Brien discusses things like updates with myopia control contact lenses, bifocals, daily disposables, worldwide usage of contact lenses, and optometry in developing countries. Also, in a style that is uniquely his, he answers the question, "With all the research and development being done by the big contact lens companies, why aren’t contact lenses perfect?"
5/1/13 Matt Geller, a fourth year SUNY Optometry student joins the show. Matt is the founder of OptometryStudents.com. As a "plugged in and e-wired" OD student, he'll share his unique perspectives on all things OD student related.
5/8/13 RevolutionEHR and Crystal Practice Management discuss meaningful use, cloud vs. server based software, customer service and support, data conversion and many other important topics. They also answer the question, "Why would I buy your software instead of the other guys?"
5/15/13 Walt Mayo, OD and computer guru joins the show. He discusses operating systems, back up schemes, anti-virus software, Google glass as well as lots of other important topics.
5/22/13 AllAboutVision.com co-founder Ron Walker talks about how consumers find and use eye related content on the Internet.
5/29/13 Andrea Dorigo, president of Luxottica Wholesale (frames) North America, joins the next episode of the Power Hour. Luxottica is the biggest frame company on earth and Andrea joins us to discuss the company's history and direction since he's taken the helm. He also discusses his views on leadership, industry trends, Internet dispensing and of course, take questions from our callers.
6/5/13 What's the difference between a satisfied patient and a loyal one? Find out on "Open Mic Night" - a special tribute show where our listeners become our guests!
6/12/13 Jim Murphy, Alcon Vice President, General Manager, US Vision Care Division joins the show!
7/10/13 Gary shares his secrets for selling second pairs of glasses to 30% of your patients - with NO discounting!
7/17/13 NFL Coach, Bill Davis, Defensive Coordinator for the Philadelphia Eagles shares his secrets for building a great team, dealing with "irreplaceable" Prima Donnas and lots of other useful information you can use to build YOUR All Pro team!
7/24/13 If you have any pictures on your website or Facebook page, you HAVE to listen to this episode. Intellectual property attorney Jim Astrachan discusses the proper way to use images on your site (including using pictures of patients or staff), safeguards to avoid violating copyright laws when playing music in your office, legal issues around practice names as well as lots of other GREAT information!
7/31/13 Learn how to make your office green. CEO of MODO frames, Pierre Fay, discusses techniques you can use to make your practice green, the size of the green market and why being green is a great way to position your practice.
8/7/13 The HIPAA Police really ARE coming! Healthcare attorney Susan Orr joins the show and talks about what you need to know to protect yourself from what could literally put you out of business with a stroke of the pen. Can you text your patients? Send them postcards? Use a sign in sheet? Do you have to lock up patient files? Tune in and find out.
8/14/13 Think About Your Eyes - it's the biggest consumer campaign in eye care. Should you be a part of it? Listen and decide!
8/21/13 WellPoint/1-800-Contacts joins the show. Richard Hom, OD, and Vision Services President Jeff Spahr discuss coordination of care and the 1-800 benefit for WellPoint members.
8/28/13 EyeMed's John Lahr, OD, Liz DiGiandomenico (President) and Greg Hare talk about their new business model and answer your questions about the new contract, why they are sending reminders to get an eye exam to your patients, billing medical vs. vision and lots of other important topics.
9/4/13 Google glass in a contact lens? Accommodating contact lenses for presbyopia? Glaucoma drops in a contact lens? PhD, polymer chemist and engineer Lynn Winterton joins the show to discuss these and other innovations in contact lenses. He's the holder of 54 US contact lens related patents so he's got a great handle on where contact lens technology is headed!
9/11/13 Why do female OD's make less than their male OD counterparts? Are male OD's greater risk takers than female OD's? Hear Maureen Cavanagh give her opinions about the gender gap in optometry. Maureen is the President of Nassau Lens and an experienced industry veteran. She offers up some very interesting insights on this important topic.
9/18/13 Are you liable if a patient refuses dilation? What's the best way to avoid an insurance company audit? Do HIPAA regulations allow you to email your patients? Optometrist/Attorney Craig Steinberg joins the show and answers these questions as well many others from our listeners.
9/25/13 Dr. Art Epstein talks optometric politics and gives an insightful opinion about our future. He also answers questions about if he thinks there are too many OD schools, talks about Obamacare and his view on vision care plans.
10/4/13 Live from Vision Expo West in Las Vegas, this episode tackles challenges and opportunities for new OD's. Hear from students, new OD's, married OD's and industry execs about this important topic.
10/9/13 EyeFinity President Steve Baker gives and EHR update and discusses the cloud, meaningful use 1 and 2, the intersection of EHR with social media and other important topics. He's joined by Dr. Ryan Wineinger, a practicing OD and consultant for EyeFinity EHR.
10/16/13 Veterinarians and OD's have much more in common than you might think. Both complain about too many schools graduating too many doctors, undervaluing services, interference from Internet sellers and a host of other striking similarities. Join Clint Lewis, President of Zoetis (formerly Pfizer Animal Health) as he discusses how vets are dealing with these challenges and Gary relates it all to an OD's world.
10/23/13 What's the straight story about prescribing vitamins for your patients? Experts from Zeavision and Macuhealth debate this important topic.
10/30/13 If a sales rep leaves behind a pen or post-it notes on Monday, and for whatever reason you start prescribing more of their drug on Tuesday, are you in violation of this new regulation?
Are you required to keep track of how much the lunch with your contact lens rep costs and if you don’t, is there a penalty? What if the lunch was $9 vs. $20? What if that lunch is a buffet at your state meeting and during that meeting, you walk through an exhibit hall and pick up a pen. Is that a problem?
The Sunshine Act is addressed by two industry veterans from Alcon and Vistakon. Even if you do something as seemingly benign as attend an industry sponsored CE event, you should listen to this show to learn about this important new law.
11/6/13 The eight biggest doctor alliances and buying groups join the show and discuss the unique benefits of each of their groups. COGS savings, education and preparing for Obamacare - all on this special 1.5 hour show!
11/13/13 When is the right time to hire a consultant for your practice? What should you look for in a consultant and how does their program work? Learn this and more on this important episode. MVP athletes use coaches. Should you?
11/20/13 - Are you ready for ICD 10 and Meaningful Use 2? Industry expert Dr. Ian Lane tells you all you need to know to be prepared for these sweeping changes!
12/3/13 - Corneal reshaping is probably the most profitable thing an OD can do - yet very few doctors offer this to their patients. Learn how you can add this life changing modality to your practice from Nick Despotidis, OD - the OD corneal reshaping practice building guru!