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Call to Action: Telemedicine Tallahassee

Thursday, April 25, 2019  

During the current, 2019, legislative session, a Telehealth bill has been working its way through the Florida House and Senate that would allow optometrists to provide Telehealth services. Of great concern, CS/CS/HB 23 would also permit and enable "express online eye exams" without any language to protect the public eye health and safety from the reality of "online refraction only services." To protect the public from harm and prevent a stand-alone refraction service from being provided through Telehealth, your FOA has proposed the following bill language in the form of an amendment:

 

 "A prescription for lenses, spectacles, eyeglasses, contact lenses, or any other optical devices may not be made based on telehealth services such as telephone calls or interviews, email messages, internet questionnaires, or facsimile transmissions, or be based solely on determining the refractive error of the human eye by the use of a computer controlled device such as an auto-refractor." 

 

To date, this patient protective language has not been included as an amendment to the Telehealth bill. 1-800 CONTACTS and several other online vendors oppose the inclusion of our patient eye health and safety language. PLEASE remember that Opternative was issued a FDA cease and desist order and yet still operates.

 

https://www.mobihealthnews.com/content/fda-opternative-online-eye-exams-are-class-2-device

 

https://www.fda.gov/ICECI/EnforcementActions/WarningLetters/2017/ucm600029.htm

 

http://www.aoa.org/news/advocacy/opternative-issued-cease-and-desist-order

 

Due to the lack of the inclusion of recommended patient eye health and safety language, coupled with the clear threat to patients eye health evident in the articles mentioned above, FOA opposes CS/CS/HB 23.

 

In fact, the bill has been opposed in its entirety by the FOA, the Florida Medical Association and the Florida Dental Association. 

 

Now it is time for your voices to be heard. Time is of the essence- I urge you to immediately contact the Speaker of the House, Representative Jose Oliva, and the President of the Senate, Senator Bill Galvano, and in a professional and polite manner, urge them to include the FOA recommended language in the final form of the Telehealth bill should it pass this session.

 

Sample message you may copy and paste to send to Representative Oliva and Senator Galvano

 

Due to the lack of the inclusion of recommended patient eye health and safety language, coupled with the clear threat to patient eye health, I oppose CS/CS/HB 23 and I ask that you include the FOA recommended language in the final form of the Telehealth bill should it pass this session

 

Click here to contact Representative Jose Oliva- Speaker of the House

Click here to contact Senator Bill Galvano- President of the Senate

 

Please be reminded that session ends May 2, 2019.

 

Sincerely,

Kenneth W. Lawson OD

FOA Legislative Chair


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