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HF 607

2nd Engrossment - 88th Legislature (2013 - 2014) Posted on 05/20/2013 04:12pm

KEY: stricken = removed, old language.
underscored = added, new language.

Bill Text Versions

Introduction Posted on 02/14/2013
1st Engrossment Posted on 03/04/2013
2nd Engrossment Posted on 05/20/2013

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A bill for an act
relating to health; changing provisions for optometrists; amending Minnesota
Statutes 2012, section 148.56, subdivision 1, by adding a subdivision.


Section 1.

Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 148.56, subdivision 1, is amended to read:

Subdivision 1.

Optometry defined.

(a) Any person shall be deemed to be practicing
optometry within the meaning of sections 148.52 to 148.62 who shall in any way:

(1) advertise as an optometrist; or

(2) employ any meansnew text begin , including the use of autorefractors or other automated
testing devices,
new text end for the measurement of the powers of vision or the adaptation of lenses
or prisms for the aid thereof; or

(3) possess testing appliances for the purpose of the measurement of the powers of
vision; or

(4) diagnose any disease, optical deficiency or deformity, or visual or muscular
anomaly of the new text begin visual system consisting of the new text end human eyenew text begin and its accessory or subordinate
anatomical parts
new text end ; or

(5) prescribe lenses, new text begin including plano or cosmetic contact lenses, or new text end prismsdeleted text begin , or ocular
deleted text end for the correction or the relief of same; or

new text begin (6) employ or prescribe ocular exercises, orthoptics, or habilitative and rehabilitative
therapeutic vision care; or
new text end

deleted text begin (6)deleted text end new text begin (7)new text end prescribe or administer legend drugs to aid in the diagnosis, cure, mitigation,
prevention, treatment, or management of disease, deficiency, deformity, or abnormality
of the human eye and adnexa included in the curricula of accredited schools or colleges
of optometry, and as limited by Minnesota statute and adopted rules by the Board of
Optometry, or who holds oneself out as being able to do so.

(b) In the course of treatment, nothing in this section shall allow:

(1) legend drugs to be administered intravenously, intramuscularly, or by injection,
except for treatment of anaphylaxis;

(2) invasive surgery including, but not limited to, surgery using lasers;

(3) Schedule II and III oral legend drugs and oral steroids to be administered or

(4) oral antivirals to be prescribed or administered for more than ten days; or

(5) oral carbonic anhydrase inhibitors to be prescribed or administered for more
than seven days.

Sec. 2.

Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 148.56, is amended by adding a subdivision
to read:

new text begin Subd. 5. new text end

new text begin Scope of practice exemption. new text end

new text begin Nothing in sections 148.52 to 148.62 shall
prohibit the practice of a licensed or registered health care provider in Minnesota who is
operating within the provider's scope of practice under Minnesota law.
new text end

Sec. 3. new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE.
new text end

new text begin Sections 1 and 2 are effective the day following final enactment.
new text end