By Janet Baker
Nearly 40 of your OD colleagues have sacrificed days away from their practices in the past several months to meet with legislators in Salem and Washington, DC, and testify in front of Oregon House and Senate Health Committees in support of OOPA’s SB 152 to reclaim Oregon optometric physicians’ authority to prescribe hydrocodone combination drugs within OD formulary requirements.
Our collective debt of gratitude goes to OOPA leaders from across the state for donating their practice time to preparing and delivering testimony on this bill and other critical legislation this session.
1. Go to http://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov.
2. Click on “Registration Changes” on the right side bar.
3. At login, you will need your DEA#, expiration date, SSN, Tax ID and zipcode for your registered address.
4. Once your profile pops up, in the middle of the page, click box “2” by Schedules (meaning ‘Schedule II’).
5. Submit change (at the bottom of the page).
6. Print the confirmation page with the internet tracking #.
Just in the last 3 months, OOPA’s advocacy efforts have reclaimed lost prescribing authority for hydrocodone combination drugs. We are in the middle of defending Oregon ODs against national vision plans’ attempts to dictate materials and labs for non -covered services. OOPA and AOA have successfully advocated for SGR reform, recalculating reimbursements for Medicare contracts. And Oregon is one of the states targeted by national online contact lens retailers related to Unilateral Pricing Policies.
If Optometry has been good to you, please get involved in OOPA’s ongoing efforts to protect your profession. As a legislated profession, Optometry is finding its scope more and more under attack. Engaging in the political process is the only way to protect your ability to practice to the full extent of your scope. Donating directly to OOPAC fuels the necessary work of educating legislators on issues related to the vision and eye health of their constituents, including optometric physicians and your patients. Donations to OOPAC are the only resources we have to make those important campaign contributions and engage lobbyists to advocate on your behalf.