As happens every Jan. 1, new laws go into effect. One that will impact every contracted Vision Service Plan (VSP) provider—that most don’t even realize affects them—is a change in the California Health and Safety Code.1
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Recently, the Ophthalmic Devices Panel of the Medical Devices Advisory Committee to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) met to discuss recommendations for guidance documents for contact lenses and care solutions.
Congress has approved legislation delaying for 1 year a massive 24% Medicare fee cut, which had been scheduled to take effect April 1, as well as implementation of the ICD-10-CM coding system.
The Georgia Supreme Court recently ruled in favor of a group of optometrists in a case against Spectera Inc., a vision care insurer. The case alleged that Spectera's independent participating provider agreement violated the Georgia Patient Access to Eye Care Act.
B+L subsidiary Ista pleads guilty to conspiracy charges in anti-kickback case and agrees to pay $34M in civil and criminal fines.
The unanimously passed the Senate Business, Professions, and Economic Development Committee.
The new Georgia law allows ODs to prescribe steroids, hydracodone, and all medications using any distribution method except surgical or injectable, plus requires all ODs to take CE regardless of age.
HB 527, which would allow expanded privileges to optometrists, was not brought to the Louisiana House floor last week as planned.
The American Academy of Ophthalmology issued a list of 5 recommended practice changes as part of the Choosing Wisely initiative of the American Board of Internal Medicine Foundation. The campaign aims to reduce waste in the American healthcare system by encouraging physicians to reconsider their medical routines and patients to adjust their expectations according to validated effectiveness research.
Optometry lost access to the National Health Service Corps scholarship and loan repayment program in the early 2000s. Sign the petition to add optometrists to the federal loan forgiveness program (NHSC). This program incentivizes optometrists to work in under served areas of the country.