July 2020

How to reduce your practice's expenses

   As practices navigate reopening and recovering from shutdowns due to COVID-19, it is more important than ever to identify additional opportunities for savings. RIOA members can receive double-digit discounts on practice expenses through AOAExcel's group purchasing program. With no cost to join the program and no spending threshold to maintain participation, group purchasing can benefit your practice in several ways, including:

·         Save on shipping expenses - Whether you're shipping glasses and contact lenses to patients or overnighting business documents, AOAExcel's group purchasing program can provide discounts on both inbound and outbound shipping with trusted vendors, including FedEx, Pitney Bowes and UPS.   

·         Spend less on everyday office supplies - Reduce the amount of overhead dedicated to your practice's essentials, such as pens, paper, mailing envelopes and breakroom items. With annual rebates and up to 65% off at Office Depot, and a core list of 500 frequently-purchased items at Staples, the savings possibilities are endless.     

·         Access double-digit discounts on calling plans - AOAExcel's group purchasing discounts with both Sprint and Verizon gives employers access to significant corporate calling discounts on eligible plans, with the option to extend the discount to employees for their personal plans.

·         Buy more optometry essentials with less - Take advantage of members-only savings on software and imaging medical technology solutions from Carl Zeiss and distribution of medical and surgical supplies through Medline.      AOAExcel has partnered with Intalere, one of healthcare's largest group purchasing organizations, who aggregates purchasing volume and uses the spending to negotiate discounts with hundreds of vendors and suppliers nationwide ranging from medical supplies and office furniture to cleaning supplies, car rentals and more. Once your practice has enrolled in the program, the AOA's dedicated Intalere account manager can help you review your practice's spending and access discounts from your preferred vendors.   Click here for more information about this RIOA member benefit and to enroll your practice today.

March 15, 2020

How to choose the right malpractice coverage Malpractice insurance, or professional liability insurance, is an essential component in every Doctor of Optometry's business portfolio. The right coverage will provide protection for the full range of treatments you offer, so you can focus on delivering excellent patient care without worry. Our insurance program administrator, Lockton Affinity, recommends you look for these three features when evaluating a malpractice policy:


·        Comprehensive protection: A comprehensive policy will cover you for the full range of services permitted in Rhode Island's scope of practice, without common procedural exclusions that are considered "surgical." Not sure if your current policy offers comprehensive coverage?

Click here to request a complimentary policy review.

·        Lasting coverage: There are two types of professional liability coverage available: claims-made and occurrence. Claims-made policies only provide coverage if the policy is in effect both when an incident took place and when a claim is filed, while occurrence policies provide coverage for any event that took place while the policy was in effect.


·        Savings: Premiums can vary significantly among providers, so it pays to shop around and compare rates. RIOA members can receive a quote in seconds with no contact information required by clicking here.  The malpractice insurance administered by Lockton Affinity provides guaranteed full scope of practice occurrence coverage with automatic updates, and no surgical exclusions. For more information on AOAExcel's program with Lockton Affinity visit ExcelOD.com/business-liability.


The AOA Insurance Alliance program is administered by Lockton Affinity, LLC d/b/a Lockton Affinity Insurance Brokers, LLC in California. Policy benefits are the sole obligation of the issuing insurance company. The American Optometric Association may receive a royalty fee for the licensing of its name and trademarks as part of the insurance program offered to American Optometric Association members.

January 28, 2020

Do you have adequate malpractice insurance? Three steps to evaluate

Malpractice Insurance is key to protecting to you and your practice's financial future.  It's important to make sure you have sufficient coverage before automatically renewing each year. Use the three key considerations below to see how your current coverage compares:   ·         What are liability limits?


Malpractice insurance coverage levels are commonly represented by two figures. One figure, which will be the smaller of the two, represents the amount of coverage for an individual claim, and the other figure represents the annual aggregate amount of coverage.

·         Is Rhode Island's full scope of practice covered? Some malpractice insurance policies contain exclusions that can be left open to interpretation, such as a surgical exclusion. Many common procedures, including removal of a foreign body may fall within a surgical exclusion. Malpractice coverage administered by Lockton Affinity provides protection within your state's defined scope of practice.   

·         How can I get help reading the fine print on my current policy? Lockton Affinity offers a complimentary policy review for RIOA members, with no obligation to switch providers or terminate your current coverage.

Lockton Affinity will have an expert review the exclusions in your current policy and ensure you have adequate limits. To start your complimentary policy review, click here.  

Learn more about malpractice insurance from Lockton Affinity and all the other solutions AOAExcel offers today at ExcelOD.com/Business-Liability.  

The AOA Insurance Alliance program is administered by Lockton Affinity, LLC d/b/a Lockton Affinity Insurance Brokers, LLC in California. Policy benefits are the sole obligation of the issuing insurance company. The American Optometric Association may receive a royalty fee for the licensing of its name and trademarks as part of the insurance program offered to American Optometric Association members.

December 1, 2019

Do you have adequate malpractice insurance? Three steps to evaluate

  Malpractice Insurance is key to protecting to you and your practice's financial future.  It's important to make sure you have sufficient coverage before automatically renewing each year. Use the three key considerations below to see how your current coverage compares:  

·         What are liability limits?  Malpractice insurance coverage levels are commonly represented by two figures. One figure, which will be the smaller of the two, represents the amount of coverage for an individual claim, and the other figure represents the annual aggregate amount of coverage.

·         Is Rhode Island's full scope of practice covered? Some malpractice insurance policies contain exclusions that can be left open to interpretation, such as a surgical exclusion. Many common procedures, including removal of a foreign body may fall within a surgical exclusion. Malpractice coverage administered by Lockton Affinity provides protection within your state's defined scope of practice.   

·         How can I get help reading the fine print on my current policy? Lockton Affinity offers a complimentary policy review for RIOA members, with no obligation to switch providers or terminate your current coverage. Lockton Affinity will have an expert review the exclusions in your current policy and ensure you have adequate limits. To start your complimentary policy review, click here.  

Learn more about malpractice insurance from Lockton Affinity and all the other solutions AOAExcel offers today at ExcelOD.com/Business-Liability .  

The AOA Insurance Alliance program is administered by Lockton Affinity, LLC d/b/a Lockton Affinity Insurance Brokers, LLC in California. Policy benefits are the sole obligation of the issuing insurance company. The American Optometric Association may receive a royalty fee for the licensing of its name and trademarks as part of the insurance program offered to American Optometric Association members.

October 31, 2019

RIOA Members: Download Your Complimentary HIPAA Compliance Checklist!

With HIPAA violations, fines, and data breaches making headlines day after day, the average patient is more educated about HIPAA compliance and data security than ever before. HIPAA compliance can strongly differentiate your practice by demonstrating to your patients that you take their data security and privacy seriously - all while fulfilling your federal requirements.  

HIPAA compliance can be a challenge for new and established optometry practices alike. That's why AOAExcel's endorsed HIPAA compliance partner, Compliancy Group, has compiled a simple HIPAA Compliance Checklist for RIOA members.  

How well have you addressed federal HIPAA requirements within your practice? Find out where you stand against the regulatory requirements with this exclusive HIPAA Checklist today!  

Compliancy Group gives eye care professionals confidence in their compliance with a total HIPAA solution to address the full extent of the regulatory requirements. With guided support, clients are given the tools they need to maintain the privacy and security of health care information, all while growing their business. RIOA members receive three additional months free, included with a one-year subscription. Compliancy Group is dedicated to helping eye care succeed.

For more information about Compliancy Group, and the HIPAA resources available to RIOA members through AOAExcel, please visit ExcelOD.com/HIPAA-compliance.

October 18, 2019

Four Ways to Write a Better Career Center Post

   If you're looking to hire an associate optometrist, or even a partner in your practice, you've likely considered posting an ad through an industry resource like the AOA's Optometry's Career Center.  But, how can you be sure that your posting stands out from the rest and attracts the caliber of talent that you seek? These four tips will ensure that your opportunity is a top choice for the most qualified candidates:   

1.       Be specific in your headline - Instead of a generic headline like, "Seeking Associate Optometrist," write something specific like, "Seeking Associate Optometrist with Focus on Pediatrics, Full Benefits."

2.       Describe the role in detail within the post - Be sure to explain the culture of your practice, what your patient base is like, and the equipment utilized in your practice. It's important that an applicant has a clear view of what life will be like working for and with you.

3.       Clearly list all benefits, both expected and unexpected - All applicants will want to know what is offered in the way of retirement plans, health insurance, and paid time off. But, don't forget to include any unique benefits that you may offer. For example, does your practice pay for staff RIOA and AOA membership dues, or attendance to any CE events or conferences throughout the year?

4.       Sell the greater community as well as your practice -What makes your community a great place to live? If an applicant is considering relocating to take your position, what sort of local amenities can they enjoy in their free time?  

Writing a winning career post is an important step to finding your dream hire, but equally important is deciding where to post it. Optometry's Career Center is the official career center of the AOA and uniquely caters to the optometric industry. RIOA members can save up to 50% on their postings, which comes with free access to a resume database. Opportunities begin here - maximize your search nationwide and get started today.

October 3, 2019

Do you have adequate malpractice insurance? Three steps to evaluate

Malpractice Insurance is key to protecting to you and your practice's financial future.  It's important to make sure you have sufficient coverage before automatically renewing each year. Use the three key considerations below to see how your current coverage compares:

·    What are liability limits?

Malpractice insurance coverage levels are commonly represented by two figures. One figure, which will be the smaller of the two, represents the amount of coverage for an individual claim, and the other figure represents the annual aggregate amount of coverage.

·    Is Rhode Island's full scope of practice covered?  Some malpractice insurance policies contain exclusions that can be left open to interpretation, such as a surgical exclusion. Many common procedures, including removal of a foreign body may fall within a surgical exclusion. Malpractice coverage administered by Lockton Affinity provides protection within your state's defined scope of practice.  

·    How can I get help reading the fine print on my current policy? Lockton Affinity offers a complimentary policy review for RIOA members, with no obligation to switch providers or terminate your current coverage. Lockton Affinity will have an expert review the exclusions in your current policy and ensure you have adequate limits. To start your complimentary policy review, click here.

Learn more about malpractice insurance from Lockton Affinity and all the other solutions AOAExcel offers today at ExcelOD.com/Business-Liability.

The AOA Insurance Alliance program is administered by Lockton Affinity, LLC d/b/a Lockton Affinity Insurance Brokers, LLC in California. Policy benefits are the sole obligation of the issuing insurance company. The American Optometric Association may receive a royalty fee for the licensing of its name and trademarks as part of the insurance program offered to American Optometric Association members.

September 24, 2019

RIOA Member Benefit: Office supplies and more

Access double-digit discounts with vendors you know and trust to provide everyday items for your optometry practice with the new group purchasing program from AOAExcel. Group purchasing provides an easy way to reduce your overhead expenses by leveraging the purchasing volume from thousands of health care facilities to negotiate discounts with vendors including Verizon, Staples, BioD, Office Depot and more.  

Through AOAExcel's group purchasing program, RIOA members can enroll in this discount program at no cost, as a member benefit - with the added benefit of no spending thresholds or annual spend requirements. Enjoy access to discounts with more than 500 of your favorite vendors, including:   

·         Verizon: 22% off all eligible calling plans $34.99 and higher, plus free activation

·         BioD: Up to 40% off amniotic membrane tissue 

·         Office Depot: Up to 65% off office products, plus annual rebates

·         Pitney Bowes: Up to 55% off shipping

·         FedEx: Express service from 30 - 65% off/ground service 16 - 35% off


RIOA members and their staff can sign up for group purchasing at ExcelOD.com/group-purchasing.

September 4, 2019

RIOA Member Benefit: "The Benefits of HIPAA Compliance for Your Optometry Practice" Webinar

As a doctor of optometry, maintaining the security of your patients' protected health information (PHI) should be a top priority. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) requires healthcare entities to have physical, technical, and administrative safeguards protecting PHI. Having an effective compliance program addresses the full extent of HIPAA law and protects your practice in an audit. This protection, however, is only one of the many benefits of being HIPAA compliant.

The ability to differentiate your practice is an important asset to the growth of your patient base. By being able to advertise your practice as HIPAA compliant, you are demonstrating to prospective patients that you take protecting their PHI seriously, which will help to establish their trust in you and your practice.

In addition, HIPAA regulations require policies and procedures to be in place to ensure that employees handle PHI correctly. Complying with these regulations will create a standard process for your practice, increasing efficiency and giving your employees confidence.

Take advantage of this RIOA member benefit in which AOAExcel's HIPAA compliance partner, Compliancy Group, outlines the ways HIPAA compliance can benefit your practice and actionable tips on how your practice can start leveraging your compliance.

WHAT? "The Benefits of HIPAA Compliance: More Than Just Passing Your HIPAA Audit" webinar
WHEN? Wednesday, September 18, 2:00pm
 
Compliancy Group gives eye care professionals confidence in their compliance with a total HIPAA solution to address the full extent of the regulatory requirements. With guided support, clients are given the tools they need to maintain the privacy and security of healthcare information, all while growing their business. As a member benefit, members receive three additional months free, included with a one-year subscription. Compliancy Group is dedicated to helping eye care succeed.
 
For more information about Compliancy Group, and the HIPAA resources available to members through AOAExcel, please visit ExcelOD.com/HIPAA-compliance.
 

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August 21, 2019

RIOA Members: 3 Reasons to Consider Optometry's Career Center

When you begin the process of hiring in your practice, you want to use the most effective tools to maximize outreach to potential doctor of optometry candidates. Optometry's Career Center (OCC) is the official career center of the American Optometric Association, with 24/7 access to qualified candidates located nationwide - including new seekers from the Class of 2019.

The top three benefits of Optometry's Career Center include: 

  • Member Savings: Employer accounts are free to create, and RIOA members receive discounted pricing up to 50% off.  
  • Resume Database: After posting a position, an employer gains access to OCC's resume database. This database contains resumes for hundreds of candidates and allows you to reach out directly to candidates about your opportunity via email.  
  • Performance Dashboard: OCC provides a dashboard with to-the-minute metrics on your post's performance, including the total number of views, clicks, applications and more. 


OCC also offers RIOA member pricing on all posting enhancements, including the "Featured Job" promotion and the AOAExcel Career Spotlight e-newsletter. To start your candidate search today, visit OptometrysCareerCenter.com.

July 26, 2019

RIOA Member Benefit: Unlock savings to everyday items in your practice

RIOA members can receive double-digit discounts through AOAExcel's group purchasing program. With no cost to join the program and no spending threshold to maintain participation, group purchasing can benefit your practice in several ways, including:

- Save on shipping expenses - Whether you're shipping glasses and contact lenses or sending patience correspondence, AOAExcel's group purchasing program can provide discounts on both inbound and outbound shipping with trusted vendors, including FedEx, Pitney Bowes and UPS.   

- Spend less on everyday office supplies - Reduce the amount of overhead dedicated to your practice's essentials, such as pens, paper, mailing envelopes and breakroom items. With annual rebates and up to 65% off at Office Depot, and a core list of 500 frequently-purchased items at Staples, the savings possibilities are endless.     

- Access double-digit discounts on calling plans - AOAExcel's group purchasing discounts with both Sprint and Verizon gives employers access to significant corporate calling discounts on eligible plans, with the option to extend the discount to employees for their personal plans.

Buy more optometry essentials with less - Save up to 40% on amniotic membrane tissue by enrolling in AOAExcel's group purchasing discount with BioD Optix, and take advantage of special savings on medical supplies through McKesson and Henry Schein.     AOAExcel has partnered with Intalere, one of healthcare's largest group purchasing organizations, who aggregates purchasing volume and uses the spending to negotiate discounts with hundreds of vendors and suppliers nationwide ranging from medical supplies and office furniture to cleaning supplies, car rentals and more.   Click here for more information about this new RIOA member benefit and to enroll your practice today.

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RIOA Members: Three questions to ask when evaluating your malpractice insurance

Malpractice Insurance is key to protecting to you and your practice's financial future.  It's important to make sure you have sufficient coverage before automatically renewing each year. Use the three key considerations below to see how your current coverage compares:  

What are liability limits?
Malpractice insurance coverage levels are commonly represented by two figures. One figure, which will be the smaller of the two, represents the amount of coverage for an individual claim, and the other figure represents the annual aggregate amount of coverage.

Is Rhode Island's full scope of practice covered?Some malpractice insurance policies contain exclusions that can be left open to interpretation, such as a surgical exclusion. Many common procedures, including removal of a foreign body may fall within a surgical exclusion. Malpractice coverage administered by Lockton Affinity provides protection within your state's defined scope of practice.    ·   

How can I get help reading the fine print on my current policy?Lockton Affinity offers a complimentary policy review for RIOA members, with no obligation to switch providers or terminate your current coverage. Lockton Affinity will have an expert review the exclusions in your current policy and ensure you have adequate limits. To start your complimentary policy review, click here.  

Learn more about malpractice insurance from Lockton Affinity and all the other solutions AOAExcel offers today at ExcelOD.com/Business-Liability.  The AOA Insurance Alliance program is administered by Lockton Affinity, LLC d/b/a Lockton Affinity Insurance Brokers, LLC in California.

Policy benefits are the sole obligation of the issuing insurance company. The American Optometric Association may receive a royalty fee for the licensing of its name and trademarks as part of the insurance program offered to American Optometric Association members.

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RIOA Member Benefit: Save on cell phones, office supplies, and more



Access double-digit discounts with vendors you know and trust to provide everyday items for your optometry practice with the new group purchasing program from AOAExcel. Group purchasing provides an easy way to reduce your overhead expenses by leveraging the purchasing volume from thousands of health care facilities to negotiate discounts with vendors including Verizon, Staples, BioD, Office Depot and more.  Through AOAExcel's group purchasing program, RIOA members can enroll in this discount program at no cost, as a member benefit - with the added benefit of no spending thresholds or annual spend requirements.

Enjoy access to discounts with more than 500 of your favorite vendors, including:   ·        

Verizon: 22% off all eligible calling plans $34.99 and higher, plus free activation        

BioD: Up to 40% off amniotic membrane tissue        

Office Depot: Up to 65% off office products, plus annual rebates        

Pitney Bowes: Up to 55% off shipping       

FedEx: Express service from 30 - 65% off/ground service 16 - 35% off

RIOA members and their staff can sign up for group purchasing at ExcelOD.com/group-purchasing.

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HIPAA

RIOA Member Benefit: "HIPAA Compliant Communications for Your Optometry Practice" Webinar


Effectively communicating with your patients is becoming increasingly important to providing quality care.  With numerous phone calls and e-mails sent from a practice on a given day, the risk of accidently disclosing patient information is constantly growing.  

HIPAA regulation set specific standards for how to protect the transmission of sensitive health care data. The law identifies this data as protected health information (PHI). PHI includes any demographic information that can be used to identify a patient.  

There are specific rules about how to respond to patient requests involving the uses and disclosures of PHI. Understanding exactly how and when PHI may or may not be shared is essential to protecting your practice from liability in the event of a HIPAA violation.  

Take advantage of this RIOA member benefit where AOAExcel's HIPAA compliance partner, Compliancy Group, outlines the uses and disclosures of PHI and actionable methods for implementing HIPAA compliant communications within your practice.  

All attendees will receive a FREE HIPAA Compliant Fax Cover Sheet for download--register today!  

WHAT? "HIPAA Compliant Communications: How to speak to your patients without violating HIPAA" webinar

WHEN? Tuesday, April 2, 2:00 PM EST/11 AM PST


Register Here  

Compliancy Group gives eye care professionals confidence in their compliance with a total HIPAA solution to address the full extent of the regulatory requirements. With guided support, clients are given the tools they need to maintain the privacy and security of health care information, all while growing their business. As a member benefit, members receive three additional months free, included with a one-year subscription. Compliancy Group is dedicated to helping eye care succeed.   For more information about Compliancy Group, and the HIPAA resources available to RIOA members through AOAExcel, please visit ExcelOD.com/HIPAA-compliance.

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Four Ways to Write a Better Career Center Post


If you're looking to hire an associate optometrist, or even a partner in your practice, you've likely considered posting an ad through an industry resource like the AOA's Optometry's Career Center.  But, how can you be sure that your posting stands out from the rest and attracts the caliber of talent that you seek? These four tips will ensure that your opportunity is a top choice for the most qualified candidates:

  1. Be specific in your headline - Instead of a generic headline like, "Seeking Associate Optometrist," write something specific like, "Seeking Associate Optometrist with Focus on Pediatrics, Full Benefits."
  2. Describe the role in detail within the post - Be sure to explain the culture of your practice, what your patient base is like, and the equipment utilized in your practice. It's important that an applicant has a clear view of what life will be like working for and with you.
  3. Clearly list all benefits, both expected and unexpected - All applicants will want to know what is offered in the way of retirement plans, health insurance, and paid time off. But, don't forget to include any unique benefits that you may offer. For example, does your practice pay for staff RIOA and AOA membership dues, or attendance to any CE events or conferences throughout the year?
  4. Sell the greater community as well as your practice -What makes your community a great place to live? If an applicant is considering relocating to take your position, what sort of local amenities can they enjoy in their free time?


Writing a winning career post is an important step to finding your dream hire, but equally important is deciding where to post it. Optometry's Career Center is the official career center of the AOA and uniquely caters to the optometric industry. RIOA members can save up to 50% on their postings, which comes with free access to a resume database. Opportunities begin here - maximize your search nationwide and get started today.

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Member Benefit: "Prioritizing Cyber-Security and HIPAA Compliance" Bootcamp


In today's digital age, addressing key cyber-security and compliance requirements is now more important than ever as compliance and security go hand-in-hand in protecting your practice. Creating an effective cyber-security and compliance program gives you the tools that you need to document your processes and assess any areas of vulnerability that could lead to potential security incidents and violations.

Take advantage of this RIOA member benefit where AOAExcel's HIPAA compliance partner, Compliancy Group, outlines actionable tips you can use to make your practice more secure, all while addressing your federally mandated HIPAA requirements:

                "One Hour Security and Compliance Bootcamp" webinar                 Tuesday, February 26 at 2pm EST                 

register now

Compliancy Group gives eye care professionals confidence in their compliance with a total HIPAA solution to address the full extent of the regulatory requirements. With guided support, clients are given the tools they need to maintain the privacy and security of health care information, all while growing their business. As a RIOA benefit, members receive three additional months free, included with a one-year subscription. Compliancy Group is dedicated to helping eye care succeed. For more information about Compliancy Group, and the HIPAA resources available to RIOA members through AOAExcel, please visit ExcelOD.com/HIPAA-compliance

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New Year, New Opportunities - Opportunities for ODs and Practices Looking for Top TalentOCC

With a new year brings new opportunities and one of the best times of the year to hire a doctor of optometry.  AOAExcel's Optometry's Career Center saves you time and gives your career posting maximum visibility with ODs.  Don't sift through piles and piles of unqualified candidates, Optometry's Career Center targets qualified candidates from across the country.    Benefits of posting your position with Optometry's Career Center (OCC) include:

*OCC is a niche job board, providing you access to the most qualified ODs in the industry *Access to OCC's resume database with candidates from all 50 states and all professional experience levels *Expand your reach utilizing the OCC's Career Spotlight Newsletter.  Deliver your postings directly to the inbox of thousands of passive seeking ODs who aren't actively searching job sites for positions but may be interested in yours. *Connect with young ODs from the upcoming graduating class of 2019 * AOA Members receive a discount of up to 50% on their postings *Postings start as low as $180 for a 45-Day Ad   To find your next qualified candidate, visit OptometrysCareerCenter.com

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RIOA Members: Download Your Complimentary HIPAA Compliance Checklist!

With HIPAA violations, fines, and data breaches making headlines day after day, the average patient is more educated about HIPAA compliance and data security than ever before. HIPAA compliance can strongly differentiate your practice by demonstrating to your patients that you take their data security and privacy seriously - all while fulfilling your federal requirements.

HIPAA compliance can be a challenge for new and established optometry practices alike. That's why AOAExcel's endorsed HIPAA compliance partner, Compliancy Group, has compiled a simple HIPAA Compliance Checklist for RIOA members.

How well have you addressed federal HIPAA requirements within your practice? Find out where you stand against the regulatory requirements with this exclusive HIPAA Checklist today!

Compliancy Group gives eye care professionals confidence in their compliance with a total HIPAA solution to address the full extent of the regulatory requirements. With guided support, clients are given the tools they need to maintain the privacy and security of health care information, all while growing their business. As a RIOA benefit, members receive three additional months free, included with a one-year subscription. Compliancy Group is dedicated to helping eye care succeed.
For more information about Compliancy Group, and the HIPAA resources available to RIOA members through AOAExcel, please visit ExcelOD.com/HIPAA-compliance.

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New RIOA Benefit: Save on items from cell phones to car rentals

RIOA members can receive double digit discounts through AOAExcel's new group purchasing program.  This new benefit can help RIOA members save with hundreds of vendors nationwide including:

·    Verizon: Members receive a 22% discount on their practice's corporate lines. Practice employees are also eligible for a 22% discount on their personal lines once they sign up and enroll in paperless billing; BioD: Save up to 40% on amniotic membrane tissue; Office Depot: Save up to 65% on office products, plus annual rebates; and 
Pitney Bowes: Receive a purchase discount up to 15% and an equipment lease discount of 25%

AOAExcel has partnered with Intalere, one of healthcare's largest group purchasing organizations, who aggregates purchase volume and uses the spending to negotiate discounts with vendors and suppliers ranging from medical supplies and office furniture to cleaning supplies and car rentals.

There is no cost to join the program, and there is no spending threshold.

Click here for more information about this new RIOA member benefit and to enroll your practice today. 

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Webinar: Cyber-Security Crash Course for ODs

The increasingly digital healthcare landscape is presenting new challenges for health care professionals across the industry. Understanding how to protect your practice has become an essential part of maintaining your hard-earned reputation.

It's essential for RIOA members to take cyber-security protection seriously. If you already have protections in place, continuing education is a fundamental part of protecting yourself against data breaches and HIPAA violations. With the innovation and implementation of EHR systems, it's important to recognize the risks storing this data has and how the intersection of cyber-security and HIPAA compliance can protect you.
Unsure where to begin? There are several different components to cyber-security that can help protect your practice and your health care data. Some of the most effective things you can start doing right now include:

  • Data encryption
  • Email encryption
  • Firewalls
  • Anti-malware
  • Security awareness training



Find out how to get started by joining AOAExcel's HIPAA compliance partner, Compliancy Group, for a special primetime webinar for RIOA members:


"Cyber-Security Crash Course for ODs" webinar

Tuesday, October 23rd at 8:00pm EST

Compliancy Group gives eye care professionals confidence in their compliance with a total HIPAA solution to address the full extent of the regulatory requirements. With guided support, clients are given the tools they need to maintain the privacy and security of health care information, all while growing their business. As an RIOA benefit, members receive three additional months free, included with a one-year subscription. Compliancy Group is dedicated to helping eye care succeed.For more information about Compliancy Group, and the HIPAA resources available to RIOA members through AOAExcel, please visit ExcelOD.com/HIPAA-compliance.

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