Optometry Access Workgroup Update

Members of the Optometry Unit Board have been working with management on ways to increase access for patients. Currently, all Optometry Clinics are feeling pressure from patients as they try to book appointments and are unable to get them in quickly; sometimes, patients are waiting over a month to be seen.

After much consideration from the Board, the LMP workgroup jointly agreed to a 17 patient schedule which would begin in August (17 patients with an additional 5 minutes of cleaning time). The profiles were to be discussed in partnership in LPPC meetings and could be arranged in any way that best suited individual departments.

About an hour after the new patient schedule was agreed to, management said their initial timeline of August was short-sighted and that implementation needed to happen as soon as possible.

Regional Management is now recommending transferring patients from the 15 patient schedule to the newly created 17 patient schedule– which should be created jointly in the LPPC– as soon as possible. Patients will then need to be notified in advance of the appointment time change, and this type of schedule coordination and notification will require local departments to work together to implement. Since this would affect L20, SEIU-UHW, and L29, we asked for a week to reach out to our members and Coalition partners.

We recommend setting up emergency LPPC meetings to develop profiles that will work for your areas, whether or not July schedules have been released. It will be much easier to open new profiles rather than rescheduling patients from existing profiles.

We would like to invite you to an Optometry Member Zoom Meeting on Friday, May 14th at 8 pm to discuss these changes. Your Board plans to bring your thoughts, ideas, and concerns back to management at our upcoming RPPC meeting next week.

Topic: Optometry All Member Meeting
Time: May 14, 2021 08:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)
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