Florida Senate - 2013                        COMMITTEE AMENDMENT
       Bill No. SB 278
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                              LEGISLATIVE ACTION                        
                    Senate             .             House              
                   Comm: WD            .                                
                  02/21/2013           .                                

       The Committee on Health Policy (Galvano) recommended the
    1         Senate Amendment to Amendment (606544) (with title
    2  amendment)
    4         Between lines 164 and 165
    5  insert:
    6         Section 7. Section 463.0137, Florida Statutes, is created
    7  to read:
    8         463.0137Reports of adverse incidents in the practice of
    9  optometry.—
   10         (1) Any adverse incident that occurs in the practice of
   11  optometry must be reported to the department in accordance with
   12  this section.
   13         (2) The required notification to the department must be
   14  submitted in writing by certified mail and postmarked within 15
   15  days after the occurrence of the adverse incident.
   16         (3) The term “adverse incident,” as used in this section,
   17  means an event that is associated in whole or in part with the
   18  prescribing of an oral ocular pharmaceutical agent and that
   19  results in one of the following:
   20         (a) Any condition that requires the transfer of a patient
   21  to a hospital licensed under chapter 395;
   22         (b) Any condition that requires the patient to obtain care
   23  from a physician licensed under chapter 458 or chapter 459,
   24  other than a referral or a consultation required under this
   25  chapter;
   26         (c) Permanent physical injury to the patient;
   27         (d) Partial or complete permanent loss of sight by the
   28  patient; or
   29         (e) Death of the patient.
   30         (4) The department shall review each incident and determine
   31  whether it potentially involved conduct by the licensed
   32  practitioner which may be subject to disciplinary action, in
   33  which case s. 456.073 applies. Disciplinary action, if any,
   34  shall be taken by the board.
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   37         And the title is amended as follows:
   38         Delete line 280
   39  and insert:
   40         certain eye examinations; creating s. 463.0137, F.S.,
   41         requiring certified optometrists to report to the
   42         Department of Health any adverse incident associated
   43         with an oral ocular pharmaceutical agent prescribed by
   44         that certified optometrist to the patient; defining
   45         adverse incident; requiring the department to review
   46         adverse incident reports, determine whether conduct of
   47         the prescribing optometrist is the subject of
   48         disciplinary action, and take disciplinary action if
   49         it was; amending s. 463.014, F.S.;