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HB 443: Optometry


Optometry; Prohibits licensed optometrists from using certain terms to describe practices; requires licensed optometrists to immediately refer patient having certain eye conditions or diseases to ophthalmologist; requires postoperative care provided by licensed optometrist to be provided under established written protocol; requires patient be informed in writing of certain conditions before postoperative care; requires written affirmation by patient who elects not to be seen by ophthalmologist during postoperative period; requires licensed optometrist & operating ophthalmologist to each submit itemized statements & collect charges for postoperative care services rendered; requires that adverse optometry incidents be reported to DOH; requires DOH to review incidents, determine any disciplinary action, and publish trends of such incidents.

Effective Date: 7/1/2013
Last Action: 5/3/2013 House - Died in Health Quality Subcommittee, companion bill(s) passed, see CS/CS/HB 239 (Ch. 2013-26)
Bill Text: PDF

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  • Bill History

    Date Chamber Action
    1/22/2013 House • Filed
    1/30/2013 House • Referred to Health Quality Subcommittee; Health and Human Services Committee -HJ 54
    3/5/2013 House • Introduced -HJ 54
    5/3/2013 House • Died in Health Quality Subcommittee, companion bill(s) passed, see CS/CS/HB 239 (Ch. 2013-26)

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  • HB 443, Original Filed Version (Current Bill Version) Posted 1/22/2013 at 10:20 AM

    Bill Text:   PDF
    Analyses:   None

    Related Bills (2)

    Bill Number Subject Filed By Relationship Last Action and Location Track Bills
    H 239 (er) Practice of Optometry Caldwell Compare Last Action: 4/23/2013 Chapter No. 2013-26
    Location: Became Law
    S 278 (c2) Practice of Optometry Richter Compare Last Action: 4/4/2013 S Laid on Table, companion bill(s) passed, see CS/CS/HB 239 (Ch. 2013-26) -SJ 301
    Location: Laid on Table

    Citations - Statutes (3)

    Citation Catchline Location in Bill Location In Bill Help
    463.0135 Standards of practice. Page 2 (pdf)
    463.014 Certain acts prohibited. Page 5 (pdf)
    463.0141 Page 6 (pdf)

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