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CMS Seeks Feedback on Scope of Practice Reforms, Optometry Not Included

In response to the President’s Executive Order (EO), “Protecting and Improving Medicare for Our Nation’s Seniors,” CMS is seeking recommendations on eliminating Medicare regulations that require more stringent supervision than existing state scope of practice laws. While the EO specifically directs HHS to propose a number of reforms to the Medicare program that currently limit healthcare professionals, including Physician Assistants (PAs) and Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs), from practicing at the top of their professional license, there is no proposal to broaden optometrists’ scope of practice at a national level.

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