They can now perform certain office-based optometric surgical procedures.
A new bill would give optometrists the right to perform certain laser procedures.
The bill covers three types of procedures.
The legislation would expand Medicare Part B coverage.
ODs would gain the right to manage glaucoma independently.
The measure goes into effect July 1.
The legislation as it stands is described as a 'compromise' between ODs and ophthalmologists.
They want the right to perform certain surgical procedures.
Patients 'will have greater access to needed medications.'
Not enough signatures were collected for a spot on a statewide ballot.
The rule takes effect Oct. 1.
An opposition group has reportedly raised $1M.
They're expected to open within the next few months.
But the bill has drawn opposition from some ophthalmologists.
It's a 'ballot question committee to educate voters.'
Avalon Health Economics released a study.
Gov. Kevin Stitt signed the legislation.
It would allow optometrists to lease space in big-box stores.
The measure takes effect in March 2020.
Arkansas is the fourth state to permit laser procedures.
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