Scope of practice to expand for CA ODs?

March 21, 2013

By Gretchyn M. Bailey, NCLC, FAAO

 

By Gretchyn M. Bailey, NCLC, FAAO

Editor in Chief, Content Channel Director

Sacramento, CA-Keep your eye on California. Several bills recently introduced propose to expand the scope of practice for non-physicians in anticipation of a provider shortage after millions of uninsured gain coverage under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Although details are not final, SB 492, proposed by California Senator Ed Hernandez, OD (D-West Covina), would designate optometrists as primary-care providers to diagnose and treat patients with chronic diseases, such as diabetes. Other bills would allow nurse practitioners to establish independent practices and designate pharmacists as primary-care providers.ODT