FAQ’s for November PEP Course

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FAQ’s for November Primary Eyecare Procedures and HB 1302
This FAQ document will be updated and expanded as new information becomes available.
This document updated August 19, 2021 (November Information)

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?
Click here to view the Rules and Regulations published by MSBO effective July 1 2021.

When can we start prescribing the expanded medications and/or PEP procedures?
Click here to view the Rules and Regulations published by MSBO effective July 1 2021.

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?
The course must be taken after May 1, 2021. If you have previously taken a 32 hour course prior to May 1 2021, you will need to take a new 32 hour course.

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. 

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?
Click here to view the Rules and Regulations published by MSBO effective July 1 2021.

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?
Click here to view the Rules and Regulations published by MSBO effective July 1 2021.

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?
Click here to view the Rules and Regulations published by MSBO effective July 1 2021. This includes the authorized CPT codes.

PEP COURSE QUESTIONS

Where do I take the 32 hours of PEP training?
The MOA is offering the 32 hour PEP course in November, utilizing the Southern College of Optometry.
     November 13 & 14 will be remote – LIVE (you must view in real time).
     Some virtual – RECORDED hours (you may view & interact on your own time) will be available November 8 – 19.
    One day of in-person wet labs is required on November 20.
    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 October 15. Late registration for the PEP course is $1975 for members and $2725 for non-members. Late registration deadline is November 5.

Is there an attendance limit for the PEP course?
Yes, we can only accommodate 40 ODs for the November course. Once the course is full registration will shut down. 

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 the night of November 19?
TBD. Check this post for updates.

What does Remote – 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 Remote – Recorded mean, where do I go to take those hours, and how is it different from Remote – 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 November.

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 Saturday November 20.

If I am unable to attend the wet lab on November 20, can I still take the CE courses on the 13th and 14th?
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 November 13th and 14th, can I still take the wet lab courses on either November 20?
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?
The MOA will monitor demand for PEP training after the November 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 (submitted late 2021)?
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 November 5.

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 November 8?
No. Recorded courses will be available November 8 – 19.

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

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. 

How do I schedule a preceptorship?
Dr. Nicole Monroe is the administrator for the Preceptorships as of July 1, 2021. Contact Dr. Monroe and she will assign a preceptor and time.

How do I find a preceptor?
Dr. Nicole Monroe is the administrator for the Preceptorships as of July 1, 2021. Contact Dr. Monroe and she will assign a preceptor and time.

 

CREDENTIALING QUESTIONS

Is there a cost for the credentialing/certification?
The charge for PEP certification and credentialing will be $750.

What and when is the credentialing/certification?
The next credentialing/certification date for MSBO is January 15-16, 2022.

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.