The private optometry practice is everything that I knew it could be. It's exciting giving new patients a tour of the office, showing them all the fancy-schmancy equipment and taking care of their eyes, as well as assisting them with their eyeglass and contact lens needs. I know that I promised pictures of the final product (a long time ago), but I'm waiting on the logo design for behind the reception desk to make the place look ultra-nice before I start taking snapshots. You are, of course, welcome to see it in person beforehand...
I'm getting a handle on the frame-board management, finding out the frames that work (and those that don't), making sure I have a nice selection for the varying tastes of Berks county residents...and I'm sure it will get easier once time goes on. Having electronic medical records and a computer practice management software does make everything easier: keeps inventory accurately, don't have to spend more than 10 seconds searching for a patient's chart. The initial scanning of the paper documents is tedious and time-consuming, but to be "paperless," it has to get done. Other than that though, having a networked computer system for the office is awesome. The next step is to get the pre-testing and diagnostic equipment linked to the network...but baby steps.
Medical Health Insurance Plans that WECA takes:
Berkshire Health Partners (BHP, PPHN, RHP/BRHN, BHP/VP)
Capital Blue Cross (CBC Traditional, CBC PPO, CBC Senior, CBC Security, CBC Special Care, Keystone Health Plan Central (HMO), SeniorBlue HMO, SeniorBlue PPO)
EHP and EHP/Significa
Geisinger Health Plan (Geisinger, Geisinger Gold, Geisinger Health Options, Geisinger Choice with Referral, Geisinger Choice without Referral)
Highmark Blue Shield (BCBS EPO, BCBS PPO, BCBS Traditional, ClassicBlue, DirectBlue, EPOBlue, FreedomBlue PPO, MedigapBlue, PPOBlue, PPOPlus, ShortTermBlue, SpecialCare)
Highmark Blue Shield -- Federal Employee Program
Independence Blue Cross (Keystone Health Plan East, Keystone 65, Personal Choice, Personal Choice 65)
Pending is Aetna, Cigna, and Health America
Vision Insurance Plans that WECA takes:
EyeMed (all Access plans)
Vision Benefits of America (VBA)
Pending is VSP
The Reading Eagle newspaper article really helped out as far as getting the word out about the practice. I know that the word-of-mouth is spreading, especially in Bernville. So if you live outside of Bernville, please drop a hint that you know of this amazing eye doctor just a short ways north on Rt. 183, past the scenic Blue Marsh Lake in Jefferson Township. The advertising must continue, so the next step is print advertising and postcard mailers to get my name, practice location, information and logo out for more to see.
Here's hoping that 2011 is a spectacular year and the start of something great!