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‘IS AN OPTOMETRIC GROUP RIGHT FOR ME?’

ASK THESE QUESTIONS WHEN CONSIDERING JOINING AN OPTOMETRIC ALLIANCE OR BUYING GROUP

Optometric alliances and buying groups boast offerings, such as product rebates and discounts, consolidated billing, coding assistance, accounting, staff training, networking, CE and marketing tools, among others. That said, is such an organization right for you and your practice?

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The answer to this question is that, to be sure, you must set aside sufficient time to investigate the answers to additional questions, says Optometric Management’s Chief Optometric Editor, Scot Morris, O.D. These additional questions include:

  1. What are my current discounts vs. what the various optometric organizations report that they can obtain for me?
  2. What are the overall fees that I would pay on an annual basis, and how do they compare with the potential savings? (You must do your homework.)
  3. Where am I in the life cycle of my practice? Would an organization that requires a contract make sense for me at this time?
  4. Would joining a group/alliance allow me to find better pricing than I could negotiate on my own?
  5. Will an organization assist me with education or practice management techniques that I might otherwise not be able to obtain?
  6. Do any of the organizations provide discounts on products I use now?
  7. How, if any, will my business operations have to change if I join an organization?
  8. What other advantages, or disadvantages, are related to the organization?

To facilitate your research, here’s a list of the current optometric alliances and buying groups and their respective contact information.

NAME ADO Practice Solutions
WEB adopracticesolutions.com
EMAIL info@adopracticesolutions.com
PHONE (800) 328-9433

NAME The Alliance
WEB thealliancebg.com
EMAIL membership@thealliancebg.com
PHONE (888) 466-8263

NAME Block Business Group
WEB blockbg.com
EMAIL customerservice@blockbg.com
PHONE (800) 524-1480

NAME C&E Vision
WEB cevision.com
EMAIL Inquiry Form
PHONE (800) 346-2626

NAME FYidoctors
WEB fyidoctors.com
EMAIL contactus@FYidoctors.com
PHONE (403) 234-2020

NAME IDOC
WEB idoc.net
EMAIL Inquiry Form
PHONE (203) 853-3333

NAME OD Excellence
WEB odexcellence.com
EMAIL info@odexcellence.com
PHONE (707) 433-5542

NAME Opti-Port
WEB optiport.com
EMAIL Inquiry Form
PHONE (314) 743-0781

NAME PECAA
WEB pecaa.com
EMAIL info@pecaa.com
PHONE (877) 454-5105

NAME PERC/Infinity Vision Alliance
WEB percalliance.com
EMAIL info@PERCalliance.com
PHONE (855) 680-2458

NAME Primary Eyecare Network
WEB primaryeye.net
EMAIL info@primaryeye.net
PHONE (800) 444-9230

NAME Red Tray Network/HMI Buying Group
WEB redtraynetwork.com
EMAIL memberservices@redtraynetwork.com
PHONE (800) 416-7676

NAME Vision Source
WEB visionsourceplan.com
EMAIL Inquiry Form
PHONE (888) 558-2020

NAME Vision Trends
WEB visiontrendsusa.com
EMAIL erintoups@visiontrendsusa.com
PHONE (832) 423-4052

NAME Vision West
WEB vweye.com
EMAIL Inquiry Form
PHONE (800) 640-9485