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Professional Liability Insurance for Optometrists

Insurance is critical for optometrists, and in some cases, legally required. For something so important, insurance can be very confusing. What insurance policies do I need professionally? For my business? What are limits of liability? The list can go on and on. At the AOA Insurance Alliance, a program designed for AOA members and administered [...]

The Importance of Business Owner’s Insurance

If you are the owner of your optometry practice, you face risks to your hard-earned business each and every day. Whether a natural disaster shuts down business for months or disconnected internet service halts operations for a day, business owner’s insurance will keep you protected. While insurance isn’t the most exciting part of owning your [...]

Improve Patient Communication to Protect your Business

As an optometrist, it’s important for you to establish a good relationship with your patients. In fact, studies have shown that patient satisfaction and health outcomes are both affected by whether patients feel that the people caring for them are sensitive to their needs. So how can you improve patient communication? It can be easy [...]

How to Prevent a Cyber-Attack: 5 Tips for Optometrists

As technology use continues to integrate into the daily operations of optometrists, reports of cyber-attacks are growing. Malware, ransomware, phishing and other breaches are becoming common place for small business owners and health care providers. As a business owner, you have a responsibility to protect your business records and your patients’ personal information. Prevent a [...]

How to Select Insurance Limits

With insurance limits, retroactive dates, coverage exclusions and more, insurance can be confusing. At the AOA Insurance Alliance administered by Lockton Affinity, we strive to make it as simple as possible. Read on for some basic information about how to select insurance limits. Understanding insurance limits An insurance limit, or limit of liability, is the [...]

The liability of not having the right liability

General Liability and Professional Liability Insurance language can be confusing. And while it’s not meant to cause anxiety and confusion, the terms, definitions and knowing what is actually covered can be frustrating. Let’s start with the basics of Professional Liability and General Liability. Professional Liability insurance is designed to cover you while you are carrying [...]

Claims-Made Versus Occurrence: Know Your Policy

Insurance can be confusing, but can be broken into two basic categories: claims-made or occurrence policies. It’s important to know which you have and the difference between these policies. Claims-made policies require a claim to be made against the insured—and reported to the insurer—during the policy period, or effective dates. Claims-made policies can also include [...]

The Language of Insurance

Words, terms and phrases to know before you buy Insurance comes with its own language and it can be confusing; making the process of buying insurance feel overly burdensome.  We want to ensure that you feel comfortable and confident in purchasing insurance as a practicing optometrist, and have outlined the most common terms you may [...]

Cyber Breaches Of Patient Records, HIPAA Regulations… And How To Protect Your Practice.

Cyber data breaches of information, a relatively new phenomenon, are in many ways uncharted territory, with healthcare providers a frequent target. Many optometrists feel they are “too small” for a cyber attack of any kind, falsely thinking because they are not a big box store or national brand that no one would bother with their [...]

7 Things Every Optometrist Needs To Know About Insurance Coverage.

Whether you’re a seasoned optometrist with 30 years of practice under your belt, or a newly minted professional just starting out, having the right liability insurance is essential. Every practice is different, with diverse coverage needs and circumstances. Here are a just a few of the questions medical professionals often ask the AOA Insurance Alliance [...]