FAQ’s for Primary Eyecare Procedures and HB 1302

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FAQ’s for Primary Eyecare Procedures and HB 1302
This FAQ document will be updated and expanded as new information becomes available.
This document updated April 8 2021 (Memphis hotel room block added).
This document updated April 12 2021 (Preceptor program information added).
This document updated April 16 2021 (Preceptor program end date corrected).

GENERAL QUESTIONS

Where can I read the bill?
CLICK HERE to download the PDF and read HB1302.

What is included in the bill?
HB 1302 includes oral steroids, pharmaceuticals to schedules 2-5, injectable authority, and other Primary Eyecare Procedures (PEP) including YAG laser posterior capsulotomy and removal of presumed non-cancerous lesions.

When does the law take effect?
July 1, 2021. However you must be certified by MSBO to use any additional procedures.

Is there a pilot program in HB 1302?
No. The pilot program was in a previous version of the bill. The bill that was signed opens up all authorized procedures to all ODs who complete the requirements, without a pilot program.

What is required to perform Primary Eyecare Procedures (PEP)?
32 hours of Primary Eyecare Procedures (PEP) training, an 8 hour PEP preceptorship, and a credentialing/certification written test and practical test administered by the State Board of Optometry.

Am I required to take the PEP course to continue practicing as I am now (no expanded procedures)?
No. You can continue to practice as you do right now without taking the PEP course.

Am I required to take the PEP course if I want to practice under the PEP – but do not want to use the YAG laser?
Yes. You are required to take the PEP course if you want to practice in any way that expands your current practice.

Am I required to take the PEP course if I want to expand orals and schedules 2 – 5 narcotics only?
MSBO has not yet published those requirements.

When can we start prescribing the expanded medications and/or PEP procedures?
MSBO has not yet published the start date. DO NOT begin anything additional until MSBO has published rules.

If I have taken a 32 hour PEP course in the past, but am not dual-licensed/do not practice with those procedures in another state, do I still have to take a new 32 hour PEP course?
Yes. The course must be taken after May 1, 2021.

If I graduated within five years of 2021 (2017 – 2021), am I required to take the full PEP course?
Yes. You must take the full PEP course. NOTE: If your 2021 graduation date falls on May 15-16, and you are registering for the PEP course, please contact the MOA office directly. (601) 853-4407, lraldy@mseyes.com, or selink@mseyes.com.

If I graduated within five years of 2021 (2017 – 2021), do I have to complete the 8 hour preceptorship?
Yes.

If I graduated within five years of 2021 (2017 – 2021), do I have to credential/certify with MSBO?
Yes.

If I am already certified to do these procedures in another state, do I have to get re-certified to do them in Mississippi?
MSBO has not published details on this yet.

How often will I have to re-certify for the PEP procedures?
It will be lifetime certification subject to annual CE and education requirements.

Will MSBO annual CE hour requirements increase for ODs who are PEP certified?
MSBO has not published details on this yet.

After I am PEP certified, can I refer to myself as an Optometric Physician?
No. That is not in the law.

What will injectable authority include?
The MSBO has not published details on this yet.

Is Fluorescein Angiogram allowed?
The MSBO has not published details on this yet.

PEP COURSE QUESTIONS

Where do I take the 32 hours of PEP training?
The MOA is offering the 32 hour PEP course in May, utilizing the Southern College of Optometry. May 15 – 16 will be virtual (live – you must view in real time), some virtual hours (recorded – you may view & interact on your own time) will be available May 15 – 23, and one day of in-person wet labs is required on either May 22 or 23 (80 ODs per day). Other states also offer PEP courses as needed.

What is the PEP course cost?
Early registration for the PEP course is $1850 for members and $2600 for non-members. Early registration deadline is April 23. Late registration for the PEP course is $1975 for members and $2725 for non-members. Late registration deadline is May 7.

Is there an attendance limit for the PEP course?
Yes, we can only accommodate 160 ODs for the May course. 80 will take the wet lab on Saturday May 22 and 80 will take the web lab on Sunday May 23. Once the course is full registration will shut down. UPDATE: Saturday May 22 is full.

Where do I register for the May PEP course?
AGENDA AND INFO PLUS REGISTRATION

What courses are included in the May PEP course?
AGENDA AND INFO PLUS REGISTRATION

Will there be a room block in Memphis for May 22nd and 23rd?
Yes. MOA has arranged a room block for the nights of May 21, 22, and 23. $109/night for a Double or King room. Self-parking is discounted to $5/night. Due to the pandemic the complimentary buffet breakfast is now a complimentary Grab & Go breakfast.

Comfort Inn Downtown Memphis
100 North Front Street
Memphis, TN 38103

Call 901-526-0583 for reservations, and identify yourself as calling with the MOA / Mississippi Optometric Association. You may also book online HERE.

What does Virtual – Live mean, and where do I go to take those hours?
Virtual – Live means the courses will be run through a virtual platform, and the instructors will be lecturing in real time. You will take the course from your preferred location (home, office, etc). Make sure your preferred location has a strong internet connection.

What does Virtual – Recorded mean, where do I go to take those hours, and how is it different from Virtual – Live?
Virtual – Recorded means the courses will be run through a virtual platform, and the instructors will not be lecturing in real time. These lectures will be pre-recorded. Because it is recorded you will be required to take a quiz for each course, and receive at least a 70% score on each quiz. Make sure your preferred location has a strong internet connection.

How do I log in to the virtual class(es)?
SCO will run the virtual CE classes. You will receive log-in information in early May.

Is a webcam required for the virtual class(es)?
No. You will use the chat function to communicate with the instructor and answer in-session polls.

I signed up for the virtual option. Do I still have to go to SCO?
Yes. Every OD who takes the PEP course is required to travel to SCO and take the in-person wet labs on either Saturday May 22 or Sunday May 23.

If I am unable to attend the wet lab on May 22 or May 23, can I still take the CE courses on the 15th and 16th?
No, at this time we are not splitting the courses. You must be able to attend the full course to register.

If I am unable to attend the virtual – live CE on May 15th and 16th, can I still take the wet lab courses on either May 22nd or 23rd?
No, at this time we are not splitting the courses. You must be able to attend the full course to register.

If I cannot attend the full course, will there be another opportunity?
Currently there is only one course scheduled. The MOA will monitor demand for PEP training after the May course is completed. Other states also offer PEP training courses.

Will the PEP course count toward our 20 hours of CE needed for the 2022 license renewal?
Yes. The 32 hours of CE will count towards your Mississippi license renewal.

Will the PEP course offer COPE hours?
No. The PEP course will not be COPE hours.

If I sign up for the PEP course and choose the option to invoice me, will that reserve my spot on that date even if I pay later?
Yes. If you sign up and choose Invoice Me, that reserves your spot.

Do I have to pay in full before the course?
Yes. We require payment in full by May 7.

Is there a discount for payment by check?
Yes. You receive a $25 discount for payment by check.

Is there a way to access the recorded courses before May 15/16?
MOA will work with SCO on the access schedule and notify you.

What is the timeline for handouts, outlines, and course materials?
MOA will work with SCO on the access schedule and notify you.

Can I have access to the review course (2 hours) after the 23rd?
Yes. MOA is working with SCO to ensure access to the two hour review course between May and July.

PRECEPTORSHIP QUESTIONS

What is the 8 hour PEP preceptorship?
The law requires you to shadow a certified ophthalmologist or optometrist for eight hours as they complete primary eyecare procedures. The preceptorship must be completed in the state in which the preceptor is certified to complete the procedures. 

Is there a cost for the 8 hour PEP preceptorship?
Yes. There is a $110 fee for the PEP preceptorship. MOA will collect the fee and pass it on to the scheduled preceptor minus a $10 administrative fee. The fee is due to the MOA before your scheduled preceptorship begins.

When will the Preceptor receive the stipend?
The MOA will offer a $100 stipend per OD for whom the Preceptor serves as a preceptor, and payment of the stipend will be made upon completion and submission of all required forms.

Who can serve as a preceptor?
HB 1302 states “…A preceptor who is either an ophthalmologist or licensed credentialed optometrist. The preceptor must be licensed to perform the ophthalmic YAG laser posterior capsulotomy procedures, and the training shall occur within the state in which the preceptor is licensed to perform such procedures.”

How do I find a preceptor?
You are free to work with any OD or OMD who fits the requirements listed in HB 1302. Once you identify that individual, they will need to fill out the Preceptor Agreement Form.

If you have an optometrist or ophthalmologist that has agreed to serve as a preceptor, please give them the Preceptor Agreement Form, and tell them that the completed Agreement form needs to be returned to the MOA. 

If you are unable to locate anyone willing to serve as a preceptor, contact the MOA for suggestions.

Can multiple ODs complete a preceptorship at the same time?
Yes. A Preceptor may serve as a preceptor to multiple ODs simultaneously.

When can I start my preceptorship hours?
You may begin your preceptorship now UNLESS you are graduating from optometry school in 2021. Your graduation must be complete before you begin your preceptorship.

UPDATED: How long do I have to complete my preceptorship?
In order to be certified in July 2021 your preceptorship must be completed no later than June 30, 2021. This means all paperwork completed and back to the MOA office no later than June 30, 2021.

What are the steps to start / conduct / complete my preceptorship?

  1. BEFORE beginning the preceptorship, the Preceptor must complete and return the Preceptor Agreement Form to the MOA.
  2. When your preceptorship is scheduled, you must complete the updated Preceptorship Appointment Form and return to the MOA with your payment of $110, which will, in turn, be paid to the preceptor as a stipend. The fee must be paid to the MOA before the date of your preceptorship.
  3. Upon completion of the preceptorship, the Preceptor must fill out a Preceptor Evaluation Form and return it to the MOA.

CREDENTIALING QUESTIONS

Is there a cost for the credentialing/certification?
MSBO has not yet published their requirements for PEP certification. It is likely the charge for certification and credentialing will be $750.

What and when is the credentialing/certification?
MSBO has not yet published their requirements for PEP certification. It is likely they will credential on July 10 & 11.

Will the credentialing/certification be virtual or in-person?
MSBO has not yet published their requirements for PEP certification. It is likely the certification and credentialing will be at SCO in Memphis.

Can I take a test other than the State Board written exam?
MSBO has not yet published their requirements for PEP certification. It is possible that the National Board of Examiners in Optometry LSPE and ISE exams will be accepted as an equivalent.