Managed Care

Warby Parker to Accept Vision Insurance in 2018 Via New Arrangement With UnitedHealthcare Vision

MINNETONKA, Minn.—People enrolled in UnitedHealthcare employer-sponsored and individual vision plans can access Warby Parker’s designer prescription eyewear, online or at any of the more than 50 stores nationwide, beginning in 2018. This marks the first time Warby Parker is accepting vision insurance and will enable millions of people to purchase prescription eyewear for only their copay. “Warby Parker is constantly exploring new ways to provide people access to affordable, high-quality and fashionable eyewear,” said Dave Gilboa, co-founder and co-CEO of Warby Parker. “We look forward to working with UnitedHealthcare, nationwide, to enable millions of Americans to purchase their eyewear at…

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USC and VSP Global Release New Study on Fitness Tracker Wearables

LOS ANGELES—People who use fitness tracker wearables increased their activity level when prompted by a digital coach, according to the results of a newly released study conducted by the University of Southern California (USC) Center for Body Computing (CBC) and VSP Global’s innovation lab, The Shop. The study, published yesterday in the NEJM Catalyst (New England Journal of Medicine Group), is the first to look at motivators for consistent or increased activity engagement among fitness tracker wearable users. Using a prototype of VSP’s unique Level smart glasses, the researchers found interaction with social networks and use of digital coaches via…


Skinner Promoted to SVP, Chief Provider Relations Officer at New VSP Provider Solutions Division

Michelle Skinner.​ RANCHO CORDOVA, Calif.,— VSP Global announced that Michelle Skinner has been promoted to senior vice president and chief provider relations officer. In this role, Skinner will lead the company’s newly formed doctor-focused division, Provider Solutions, which falls under VSP Global’s Omni-Channel Solutions line of business. Skinner will report directly to the interim CEO of VSP Global, Rob Lynch. Provider Solutions will centralize many provider-facing functions, programs and communications under one umbrella to help better align the doctor experience. Additionally, it will manage and further enhance the VSP Global Premier Program, which connects more VSP patients with VSP network…


Highmark Health Reports ‘Strong’ Financial Results

PITTSBURGH, Pa.—Highmark Health, an integrated health care company with holdings in vision care, reported Thursday that its financial performance in the first half of 2017 was its “strongest financial performance for [a] six-month period” since the formation of Highmark in 1996. Highmark reported that it achieved an excess of revenue over expenses of $535 million and an operating gain of $505 million for the six-month period ended June 30. Both totals represented a “nearly $500 million improvement” compared with year-ago results. Highmark said its pre-tax result of $581 million was $496 million ahead of the prior-year total, and consolidated revenues…


Sizing Up the Superior-Davis Combination in Managed Vision Care

BALTIMORE and SAN ANTONIO, Texas—The two managed vision care companies – Davis Vision and Superior Vision – at the center of this week’s Highmark Health-Centerbridge Partners deal are “more complementary than overlapping” in their business, according to Superior Vision chief executive officer Kirk Rothrock. “My view is that while we compete in the marketplace, there is not as much overlap as you might think,” Rothrock told VMail exclusively in a telephone interview Thursday. “So we now are really going to be able to have a combined coverage of a broader spectrum of customers in the marketplace,” he added, noting that…