Over past several years, new federal healthcare initiatives have added overwhelming administrative demands and bureaucratic burdens that make our practice goals increasingly more difficult to achieve. These new federal regulations are designed to consolidate the practice of medicine into large groups, and make it extremely difficult for small group, sub-specialty practices like ours to meet these administrative burdens.
In order to provide the best possible care to you, starting August 2015, we transitioned to become an “out-of-network” provider with all commercial insurance companies including VSP. As a service to our seniors, we will continue to accept Medicare assignment.
With our new practice structure, we will be able to expand our services and provide even more personalized ophthalmic care. For example, we are extremely fortunate to have Dr. Joanne Hu, a very experienced optometrist, join our practice. Dr. Hu runs our specialty contact lens clinic for treating conditions like severe dry eye, keratoconus, problems from LASIK or other ocular surgery. We will continue to add the most advanced ocular diagnostics and comprehensive ophthalmic care to our practice.
Lastly, we offer our sincere apologies if this practice change causes a burden to you or if you are unable to continue with our practice because of our decision to become an out-of-network provider. Rest assured, we will not disrupt your care for insurance reasons and will facilitate transfer of care to another group if needed. If you have additional questions, please do not hesitate to call the office (650-322-4393)