Turn the Beat Around

Make plans now to attend the 2018 MOA Annual Conference October 11-14, 2018 at the Branson Convention Center in Branson, MO.

Currently the Scheduled Speakers Include:

  • Spencer Johnson, OD
  • Jeffrey Walline, OD
  • Christopher Wolfe, OD

with topics ranging from

  • Nutrition and Diabetes
  • Prescribing Dangerous and Controlled Substances
  • Neuroimaging
  • Myopia
  • Updates on Cranial Nerve Palsy & Vitreomacular Issues
  • Neuropathies and Glaucoma
  • Amblyopia Management
  • and more!

How can group purchasing help my practice?

MOA members can receive double-digit discounts through AOAExcel’s new 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
Save up to 40% on amniotic membrane tissue by enrolling in AOAExcel’s group purchasing discount with BioD Optix, and take advantage of members-only savings on Carl Zeiss software and imaging medical technology solutions.

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 MOA member benefit and to enroll your practice today.

Three Tips for Writing a Better Career Center Post

Whether you are looking to fill an associate position or find a partner in your practice, you want to reach the best candidates in the optometry field.

Optometry’s Career Center provides a nationwide approach to hiring for your practice in Missouri.

One way to ensure the right applicants will respond to your opening is by writing a comprehensive description of your position.

Here are three tips to follow:

• Include the details.
It’s common for employers to want to avoid mentioning compensation until they’re ready to make an offer, but the omission could also give off the impression that benefits aren’t available.

A brief outline of all employment benefits can help candidates see the “big picture.”

• Describe the culture of your practice
While candidates can easily look up patient reviews about your practice online, a career center post can be a great opportunity to describe your practice’s culture and values in your own words.

Being clear about the environment of your practice can help streamline the hiring process.

• Remember the importance of community
For many candidates who are seeking the right opportunity, it might also mean a significant move for their family.

Consider including information about what makes your community in Missouri wonderful, and why people want to live there.

Optometry’s Career Center is the official career center of the AOA.

MOA members receive discounted pricing up to 50% off posts and posting enhancements, including the “Featured Job” promotion and the Career Spotlight e-newsletter.

Start your candidate search today on OptometrysCareerCenter.com.

MOA 2018 Legislative Conference WrapUp

As usual, the weather was a little dicey for the MOA legislative conference.  A few folks were unable to make it, but those that did were able to enjoy the new venue for the meeting.  The board met at the DoubleTree Hotel on Sunday morning.  That afternoon, committee meetings were held at the Millbottom, just west of the Capitol.  Monday morning at the Millbottom featured Dr. Chris Wroten, one of Missouri’s favorite guest speakers.  Dr. Wroten presented a lecture on new technology and how it will affect the practice of optometry.  He also shared the Louisiana experience with attendees.

We also had a new supplier for cinnamon rolls this year.  No more cinnamon bites, but real, honest to goodness rolls!  They were delicious.  The reviews were great!  The legislative reception was back at the Millbottom.  Board members went into action and served as bartenders and later the clean-up crew.

All in all it was a success.

The comments afterward were so positive that we have booked the same venue for the 2019 event.
Mark your calendars for January 13th and 14th.  See you there!

New MOA 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 with Intalere, MOA members can enroll in this discount program for free, 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

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