State Board of Optometry: News


 

New Rule - December 30, 2020

A new rule for the State Board of Optometry went into effect on December 30, 2020. The new rule was adopted to comply with Colorado Senate Bill 20-102: Concerning required disclosures to patients regarding formal actions based on sexual misconduct.

To view the details of this rulemaking project and track all rule changes, follow Tracking Number 2020-00791. The Board encourages all licensees and stakeholders to read the final, published New Rule. Please direct any questions to dora_optometryboard@state.co.us.  

 

 

Sunset Review

The Colorado Office of Policy, Research and Regulatory Reform is conducting a sunset review of the optometry licensing program. Analysis in a sunset review is performed to determine whether the regulatory program is necessary and should be continued, modified or eliminated. This review will produce a report to the Colorado General Assembly and result in subsequent legislation based on the recommendations in the report. If you would like to submit comments online, please visit COPRRR's website.

 

New Disclosure Required

On May 14, 2019, Governor Jared Polis signed House Bill 19-1174 Out of Network Healthcare Services. The bill includes provisions for how health insurance carriers will reimburse providers (doctors, hospitals and other health care providers) for out-of-network emergency and non-emergency care. The new law went into effect on January 1, 2020, and also requires healthcare providers to develop and provide consumer disclosures about the potential effects of receiving emergency or non-emergency services from an out-of-network provider, and the possibility of “surprise  billing.” As part of the implementation of House Bill 19-1174 Out-of-network Surprise Billing, the Division of Professions and Occupations is providing a sample disclosure form. Please feel free to use your own form if you prefer