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The eyes have it: The growing role of optometrists


In another sign of the increasing role of non-physician clinicians, Modern Healthcare reports, “o}ptometrists are working more closely with physicians and insurers to identify patients’ chronic conditions and make sure those patients receive appropriate medical care. They want to demonstrate that they have the training and skills to do more than just fit people for glasses and contact lenses.”
An example: “The Charlotte, N.C.-based Carolinas HealthCare System is working with Vision Source, a Kingwood, Texas-based network of 3,800 independent optometrists, to boost its performance in serving diabetes patients and raise its diabetes-care quality score.”
“Three white papers done at UnitedHealthcare found that eye-care professionals were effective in identifying patients with diabetes, high cholesterol, hypertension, juvenile rheumatoid arthritis and multiple sclerosis. ”

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