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The Many Benefits of Helping Retirees Keep Their Vision Care

The transition to retirement brings with it many important questions and decisions. Among these for recent and soon-to-be retirees is how they will receive vision care, an essential part of enjoying their well-earned retirement. For health plan administrators, there are benefits to offering vision care to retirees—primarily better overall health and wellness, along with reduced medical costs.

Benefits for Medicare Advantage Members

Vision adequacy lessens over time as we age, often due to eye conditions such as retinopathy, cataracts, and glaucoma, particularly in those over 65. Reduced eyesight can be a major risk factor in falls and accidents and might impair one’s ability to perform activities of daily living essential to independent life.

According to Elizabeth Klunk, RN, BSN, CCM-R, Senior Vice President, Medical Management at Versant Health, “Reduced sight contributes to decreased activity, isolation, and physical and mental health issues associated with these factors.”

Dr. Mark Ruchman, MD, Versant Health Chief Medical Officer, adds, “Impaired vision leads to other, often preventable, health care ailments. Unfortunately, this leads to increased healthcare costs and increasing dependency, affecting family, friends, and other caregivers in a downward spiral of reduced quality of life. Thus, maintenance of healthy vision through ongoing comprehensive eye care is central to the life of retirees.”

Klunk echoes this conclusion, stating, “Adequate vision corrections such as glasses and contacts can reduce the risk of falls and other accidents attributed to diminished sight.”

With these many considerations, the benefits of offering a trusted managed vision care solution for government plan members become clear. Still, there are benefits to health plans and health plan administrators as well.

Benefits for Health Plan Administrators

Helping retirees keep their vision also has direct financial benefits to health plans and their administrators, Klunk asserts, by “reducing the costs associated with deteriorating vision and the subsequent cascade of comorbidities and dependence.”

Managing eye care for retirees can be complicated and expensive, but working as the vision care partner for health plans is a specialty for Versant Health. Versant Health can help government health plan executives save money on health care costs while boosting Medicare Advantage members’ satisfaction with their vision insurance.

How Versant Health Stands Apart From the Competition

Government health care administrators can rest assured as Versant Health’s Utilization Management Program is accredited by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA), the nation’s leading independent accreditation board committed to ensuring quality for patients and health plans. Equally important, the medical policy at Versant Health is directed by independent national eye care experts who have trained at or hold current appointments at leading institutions, such as:

The Versant Health provider network includes over 118,000 points of access, ensuring convenient access to care. In addition, Versant Health is now part of MetLife, a Fortune 50 company with over 150 years of service to clients, patients, and beneficiaries. Please contact us for more information—we are always happy to discuss your needs and answer any further questions.

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