scope of practice

Best and worst states to practice in 2015Medscape recently released its annual list of the best and worst places to practice in the United States.But what makes a state great for MDs doesn’t always translate for ODs, of course. So, we asked ODs across the country about what makes their state a great place to practice optometry. Did your state make the list?
OD calls BS on OMD’s fear mongeringI recently read a blog from a first-year ophthalmology resident talking about how ODs shouldn’t be performing medical treatments. I’ll leave his utter ignorance of his own lack of knowledge aside for just a second and address the responses by my esteemed colleagues Drs. Ernie Bowling and Mohammad Rafieetary. You two are both extremely knowledgeable and way too nice.
OMD resident attacks ODs in blog—ODs respond
Building better care teams with non-physician providers
Building better care teams with non-physician providersAs the numbers of nurse practitioners and physician assistants surge, primary care physicians can improve patient care and increase revenue by bringing them into the fold.
New York removes red-tape for hepatitis C testingNurses in New York have another tool in their arsenal when it comes to combating hepatitis C.
CA scope bill no longer activeA bill in California (SB 492) which as originally written would have granted expanded scope to optometrists was recently moved to inactive status.
NPs, PAs bill for millions of dermatology procedures, study findsThe most common procedures performed and billed independently to Medicare by nurse practitioners and physician assistants are dermatological, but that’s raising concerns.
Telemedicine’s $6 billion savings potentialIf all currently deployed telemedicine applications were to replace physician, emergency department, and urgent care visits today, it would save $6 billion annually in healthcare costs, according to a new study by global professional services company Towers Watson.
Intravitreal injections by optometrists?Our profession has had to fight for the privilege of caring for our patients with ocular disease. With optometry as a legislated profession, these battles have occurred in every state and, as a result, optometric practice acts vary widely. Ophthalmology does not have to endure such travails. Ophthalmologists can do pretty much whatever is in their purview, as is their right.
NPs in Kentucky offered a path to greater independenceNurse practitioners (NPs) in Kentucky are now free to prescribe certain prescription drugs without involvement from a physician.