Tallahassee, FL – Florida Society of Ophthalmology President, Dr. Sarah Wellik today issued the following statement after the filing of Senate Bill 876/House Bill 631, which would drastically expand the scope of optometric practice in Florida and threaten patient safety by allowing Optometrists, who are not Medical Doctors, to perform surgery and prescribe opioids.
This week Senate Bill 876 was filed by Senator Manny Diaz, chair of the Health Policy committee. SB 876 is an aggressive and dangerous push by optometry to expand their scope of practice. This proposed legislative bill would grant broad and unprecedented surgical privileges to optometrists who are certainly not adequately trained to perform scalpel surgery, laser surgery, or prescribe narcotics. This type of legislation puts the health and well-being of millions of Floridians at risk and we cannot stand by and watch this disastrous bill make its way through the Legislature.
The latest edition of The Florida Ophthalmologist is now available. Get the latest updates from the President as well as other important updates on Advocacy, Education and Outreach.
New information and resources regarding COVID-19 are occurring daily. As the Florida Society of Ophthalmology gathers this information that we feel to be important for the general education and knowledge of its members, we will send out weekly emails and updating our website. The information compiled should not be used as the sole source of information when analyzing and resolving legal or other issues that pertain to one’s medical practice or personal situation because the laws of each jurisdiction differ and are constantly changing. If you have specific questions regarding a situation, we urge you to consult competent legal counsel.
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The Teleophthalmology Toolkit will serve as a resource for our state societies and their members to better serve their communities and reduce potential exposure in facilities where patients are being treated. This is not a comprehensive guide to telemedicine but hopes to highlight important topics for ophthalmologists and their staff.
There has been a recent change in the Florida law regarding co-management of patients. The new law took effect on July 1, 2013. The Florida Society of Ophthalmology (FSO) and its general counsel have worked closely with OMIC to develop two sample forms to aid you in compliance with the new law.
Because Florida law currently fails to describe the recognized risks of cataract surgery, a substantial number of "recognized risks" associated with cataract surgery continue to be improperly reported to regulators as "Code 15" adverse incidents.
Crosswalks between ICD-9 lists of covered diagnoses for certain services and the comparable ICD-10 diagnoses were imperfect in some LCDs, such as the Visual Field Testing LCD. First Coast Service Options was made aware of this problem and corrected the disparities with assistance provided by the FSO Third Party Liaison Committee.