Latest Decisions on Force Majeure in the COVID-19 Context

Latest Decisions on Force Majeure in the COVID-19 Context

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought the concept of force majeure to the forefront across multiple practice areas. The courts continue to shape the application of force majeure during the pandemic and two recent cases, outlined in the article, signal how some courts are... read more
Five Principles to Guide Adaptive Leadership

Five Principles to Guide Adaptive Leadership

As the pandemic continues to evolve and present new challenges, leaders have the task of navigating the unknown. To combat this, many have turned to adaptive leadership. This article from Harvard Business Review delves into the key elements of adaptive leadership... read more
Ventilation and Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Ventilation and Coronavirus (COVID-19)

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released information on how increasing ventilation, alongside best practices recommended by the CDC, can protect people from COVID-19. Increasing ventilation, the amount of outdoor air coming indoors, is an important... read more
COVID-19 Employer Information for Office Buildings

COVID-19 Employer Information for Office Buildings

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released guidance for employers regarding creating and maintaining a safe and healthy workplace. The guidance suggests starting with creating a health and safety plan by identifying where and how workers might... read more
State-by-State COVID-19 Guidance

State-by-State COVID-19 Guidance

Created by Husch Blackwell, this resource center offers information on how and when businesses across the country can reopen their workplaces as well as regular updates on evolving COVID-19 rules, restrictions, orders and guidance. The resource center provides an... read more
The Role of a Manager Has to Change in Five Key Ways

The Role of a Manager Has to Change in Five Key Ways

When thinking of the countless hours that team leaders, department heads and vice presidents devote to supervising the work of others, it seems as though the role and purpose of a “manager” hasn’t kept pace with what is needed in today’s business world. This article... read more
Without Compassion, Resilient Leaders Will Fall Short

Without Compassion, Resilient Leaders Will Fall Short

Many leaders experience “contempt attacks,” a roil of emotions and an overpowering sense of exasperation that someone is wasting your time, undermining your efforts or holding back the team, at one time or another. During times of crisis, uncertainty and high stress,... read more
The CEO Moment: Leadership for a New Era

The CEO Moment: Leadership for a New Era

The pandemic has presented a major challenge for businesses and their CEOs that is unlike any other with changes ranging from the abrupt dislocation of how employees work, how customers behave, how supply chains function and what ultimately constitutes business... read more
Video: Ophthalmologist Discusses ‘Quarantine Myopia’

Video: Ophthalmologist Discusses ‘Quarantine Myopia’

A video featuring Ella Faktorovich, MD, founder of Pacific Vision Institute in San Francisco, discussing a new phenomenon called “quarantine myopia” in children. “Quarantine myopia” was discovered following the quarantine of school-aged children, due to the COVID-19... read more
How Will the COVID-19 Pandemic End?

How Will the COVID-19 Pandemic End?

As the world reopens despite the remaining presence of COVID-19, many have questioned what the end of the pandemic could potentially look like. Examining that question, Infectious Disease News asked infectious disease experts for their opinions on how far away the... read more
Paycheck Protection Program Loan Forgiveness Frequently Asked Questions

Paycheck Protection Program Loan Forgiveness Frequently Asked Questions

A frequently asked questions document created by the U.S. Department of Treasury that provides thorough, detailed answers to questions about the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan forgiveness process. The document includes information on payroll costs, nonpayroll costs, reductions and economic injury disaster loans (EIDL). The document also provides information on renewed leases and refinanced mortgage loans, how owner compensation is determined, calculating reductions and more.

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PPP Loan Forgiveness Rules Update

PPP Loan Forgiveness Rules Update

Review of Optometric Business provides an easy-to-follow chart summarizing the four-step Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan forgiveness process. The article includes information on the recent rules update from the Small Business Administration (SBA) related to... read more
Contact Lens Practice in the Time of COVID-19

Contact Lens Practice in the Time of COVID-19

An article detailing protocols for practices that specialize in contact lenses written by practice owner, Dr. Elise Kramer. The article discusses maintaining proper disinfection methods including introducing a cleaning log as well as protocols for multi-patient use... read more
Multidimensional Vision Market Indicators

Multidimensional Vision Market Indicators

An interactive, state-by-state report on vision market indicators including capture rate, optical share of total revenue, patient-paid share of eyeglasses, and insurance payments as a percent of daily collections. The report uses GPN point of sale data from 3,000... read more
Employers Beware: Post-pandemic Litigation Traps

Employers Beware: Post-pandemic Litigation Traps

An article on how employers should prepare for a potential spike in employment claims arising out of new legislation, the application of existing laws to novel workplace circumstances, and a sudden downturn in the economy. The article includes a summary of the claims... read more
Marketing Materials for Download as Practices Reopen

Marketing Materials for Download as Practices Reopen

The Vision Council created an array of marketing materials for practices to use when communicating with patients and vendors as they prepare to reopen their doors. The materials convey plans for reopening, detail safety procedures in place and identify whether or not... read more
How We Make Decisions During a Pandemic

How We Make Decisions During a Pandemic

An article on factors that can sway how individuals choose to behave during the pandemic. The article explains how our attachment to the status quo creates a bias of the here and now as well as how emotions can easily change moods and decisions. Additionally, the... read more
Retail Group Calls for Mandatory Masking in All States

Retail Group Calls for Mandatory Masking in All States

A news update on the Retail Industry Leaders Association’s (RILA) request to mandate masks in every state. The article states that RILA sent letters to the leaders of the National Governor’s Association explaining that the disconnected local mandates make it extremely... read more
Three Ways the Pandemic Changed Practice Operations

Three Ways the Pandemic Changed Practice Operations

An article that offers observations from practices across the country as they reopen and embrace the “new normal.” E-commerce is discussed in detail with tips on avoiding the common mistake of attempting to replicate in-practice experiences online. The article also... read more
Residence Changes and the COVID-19 Pandemic

Residence Changes and the COVID-19 Pandemic

An article detailing the results of a Pew Research Center survey regarding relocating during the COVID-19 pandemic. The article states that one-in-five U.S. adults, around 22 percent, either changed their place of residence or they personally know someone who did.... read more
Summary of State Actions Addressing Business Reopenings

Summary of State Actions Addressing Business Reopenings

A chart from the National Governors Association indicating actions that states have taken to reopen certain business sectors. The chart provides links to executive orders, additional agency guidance and resources for businesses, the date of the last change to... read more
Local Health Department COVID-19 Directory

Local Health Department COVID-19 Directory

The National Association of County and City Health Official’s (NACCHO) document containing contact information for the best point of contact for COVID-19 inquiries. If your state or local authorities require or request health care providers report cases of COVID-19 in... read more
An Employee Has Caught COVID-19: What Do I Do?

An Employee Has Caught COVID-19: What Do I Do?

An article on key steps to take if an employee in your practice tests positive for coronavirus. The article includes recommendations on what to do if the employee arrives sick or becomes sick during the course of the day as well as cleaning and closure procedures. A... read more
What To Do If a Staff Member Tests Positive for COVID-19

What To Do If a Staff Member Tests Positive for COVID-19

If a member of your staff tests positive for COVID-19, it is important to have a plan in place. Below are a few crucial steps to take, recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Determine the risk Determining if an employee should quarantine... read more
Chain Store Guide: Coronavirus Impact

Chain Store Guide: Coronavirus Impact

An update on chain store closures, hiring, manufacturing and new policies as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The article includes information on the plans from various chain stores including grocery, retail, and restaurant. Read the Article from Chain Store... read more
Developing Herd Immunity From COVID-19

Developing Herd Immunity From COVID-19

An article on herd immunity and what it will take for the world’s population to acquire it. The article includes information on the estimated share of the population with COVID-19 antibodies as well as links to further results collected by The New York Times. Read the... read more
Practice Cashflow Calculator – Interactive Tool

Practice Cashflow Calculator – Interactive Tool

Use our customizable calculator to show cashflow in a scenario of reduced business, and the impact of managed cost reductions. Begin below by adding your basic financial information and estimating roughly what your annual decline in sales may be due to COVID-19. This... read more
How to Manage Anxiety About the Country Reopening

How to Manage Anxiety About the Country Reopening

Various mind, body and spirit practices for managing anxiety about reopening. The article includes advice on identifying alternatives to your fears, getting quality sleep, letting go of tension, making peace with anxiety and more. Read the Article at... read more
Remdesivir and Moderate COVID-19

Remdesivir and Moderate COVID-19

An article on how patients with moderate cases of COVID-19 have shown clinical improvement after taking remdesivir. The article outlines previous studies as well as recent information from Gilead and Reuters. Read the Article on Healio read more
Research: 3 Biases That Shaped CEOs’ Pandemic Response

Research: 3 Biases That Shaped CEOs’ Pandemic Response

Based on the considerable pressure placed on CEOs during the pandemic, this article breaks down the decision-making biases that were revealed by a survey of over 500 Chinese firms during February and March. The survey focused on background and firm characteristics,... read more
How COVID-19 Will Change Healthcare for the Better

How COVID-19 Will Change Healthcare for the Better

A blog post discussing the changes that healthcare professionals will experience post-quarantine. The post includes insights on the use of telehealth, information on a suspected surge in healthcare appointments this summer and possible healthcare benefit demands... read more
Coronavirus Vaccine Tracker

Coronavirus Vaccine Tracker

A coronavirus vaccine tracker outlining the companies, including individual and collaborations, conducting trials on humans, cells, and animals. Background is provided on each company as well as information on whether the vaccine is genetic, viral vector,... read more
COVID-19 and the American Workplace

COVID-19 and the American Workplace

The Department of Labor’s guidance on how American workers and employers will benefit from the protections and relief offered by the Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act and Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act, both part of the Families First Coronavirus... read more
Department of Labor: Coronavirus Resources

Department of Labor: Coronavirus Resources

The Department of Labor’s resources to help employees and employers prepare for the COVID-19 virus. The article includes links to information on workplace safety, wages and leave, unemployment insurance, foreign labor certification and more. Review the Resources from... read more
Summary of State Actions Addressing Business Reopenings

State Plans for Reopening After the U.S. Shutdown

An article outlining state-by-state reopening plans and restrictions. The article includes interactive graphs indicating the reported COVID-19 cases in each state as well as lists of what businesses are open or closed. View the Article by Washington Post read more
Coronavirus: What You Need to Know

Coronavirus: What You Need to Know

Information on the status of COVID-19 in the U.S. with links to the latest state-by-state efforts. Links are included to state-by-state summaries of public health criteria for reopening, state actions addressing business reopening, and state reopening plans and task... read more
Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19

Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19

Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) official guidance on preparing workplaces for COVID-19. The document includes steps to reduce risk of exposure and information on jobs classified at low, medium, and high exposure risk. Download the Guide from... read more
Government Response to Coronavirus

Government Response to Coronavirus

USA.Gov’s compilation of coronavirus resources and government response information. The article includes links to top U.S government websites and federal agencies as well as links to information on scams and fraud, benefits and grants, federal building updates,... read more
The CDC’s Homepage for Coronavirus Resources

The CDC’s Homepage for Coronavirus Resources

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) main webpage for coronavirus resources. The page includes links to key resources including guidance, data and surveillance, contact tracing and communication resources as well as the latest updates on testing,... read more
Businesses and Workplaces: Plan, Prepare and Respond

Businesses and Workplaces: Plan, Prepare and Respond

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) reopening guide for businesses and workplaces. The guidance includes information on communicating with stakeholders, deciding when to reopen, mitigation strategy, prevention methods and graphics for educating... read more
Telemedicine: The Time for Optometry is Now

Telemedicine: The Time for Optometry is Now

A webinar series and special report that provides information on utilizing telemedicine. The series and report also includes guidance on improving patient service, billing and coding, finding the right platform and adding a new revenue stream. View the Webinar Series... read more
How to Calm Patients’ Nerves About COVID-19

How to Calm Patients’ Nerves About COVID-19

An article detailing best practices for educating patients during the COVID-19 pandemic. The article provides information on scheduling, in-office precautions, various sanitation products, exam lane changes, no-touch dispensing, bathroom access and more. Read the... read more
The Technology & Other Strategies Facilitating My Reopening

The Technology & Other Strategies Facilitating My Reopening

An article discussing the important role of technology in the reopening process. The article offers a detailed look into priming a practice for reopening, creating videos for patients, enhancing patient portals as well as utilizing Zoom offerings and Google’s Business... read more
Post-Pandemic Shopko Optical: Our Approach to Reopening

Post-Pandemic Shopko Optical: Our Approach to Reopening

Insights from Kirk Lauterback, Chief Operating Officer at Shopko Optical, regarding rolling out safety initiatives and plans for reopening. The article includes information on implementing the proper guidelines, securing PPE, prioritizing safety and the patient... read more
Coronavirus Update: Elective Surgeries

Coronavirus Update: Elective Surgeries

An article highlighting how practices are approaching elective surgeries following the recent lift of restrictions. The article outlines how practices are adapting including reassuring patients of safety measures, meeting the guidelines from local and regional... read more
A Completely New, Universal Change of Consumer Patterns

A Completely New, Universal Change of Consumer Patterns

An article discussing how the COVID-19 pandemic has shifted the “Point of Market Entry” by creating an eighth entry point. The article details the importance of being open to the new business opportunities that accompany the change in behaviors and needs of consumers.... read more
Lessons Learned in the First Days of Reopening

Lessons Learned in the First Days of Reopening

A compilation of advice for the early stages of reopening a practice. The article includes information on patient safety, workplace flow strategies, data analytics for positive revenue, online and social media insights, and shifts in doctor-centric management. Read... read more
Five Stages of Recovery Presentation

Five Stages of Recovery Presentation

This presentation covers the stages of the business recovery process, as practices shift from “survive to thrive”. It provides clear direction on some of the most important aspects to monitor and manage when you reopen your eyecare practice. The file also... read more