Practitioner and Optometric Surgery Scope Bills Stall in Assembly Committee
Safety Message Carries
Please THANK legislators for protecting
patient safety by clicking HERE to send an email using our contact system.
the strong advocacy efforts of CAEPS, the California Medical Association,
the American Academy of Ophthalmology, and other specialty societies
including the California Academy of Family Physicians, bills that would have given California Nurse
Practitioners and Optometrists sweeping new privileges failed to advance from
the Assembly Business and Professions Committee at its final meeting for the
year on July 14th. The bills are therefore no longer eligible for
consideration in 2015, but can be heard again next year.
above listed groups opposed the bills based on patient safety concerns.
(Hernandez) would have allowed Nurse Practitioners the ability to
practice without physician supervision in some settings and to perform
procedures "recognized by the nursing profession as
appropriate," without any specific training
SB 622 (Hernandez),
would have allowed pathways to optometric surgery, with
unacceptable amounts of training:
- Scalpel eyelid surgeries to remove,
destroy, or drain lesions of the eyelid and adnexa "clinically
evaluated by the optometrist to be noncancerous," with certain limits
after a 25-hour course and as few as 32
cases on humans.
- Glaucoma laser
surgery (SLT and ALT) and YAG capsulotomy after a 25-hour course
and as few as 24 cases (8 of each type) on humans.
- Intraocular (and other) injections.
Please THANK legislators for protecting patient safety by
clicking HERE to send an email using our contact system.
for your efforts to help us protect patient safety.
information, contact CAEPS at CaEyeMDs@aol.com.
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