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Contact Lens Prescription Bill Would Increase Optometrists’ Market Power

Contact lens providers could be fined up to $40,000 per violation for filling prescriptions without first verifying them with prescribers by a modified verification process that could prolong patients’ wait times, if Congress passes a bill under consideration by the U.S. Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee. Under current law, prescriptions are considered to be automatically verified when a seller of contact lenses who has requested verification of a customer’s prescription...

Hawaii Says ‘Aloha’ to Direct Primary Care

Consumer Power Report #512 A husband-and-wife team of doctors is turning its slice of Hawaii’s health care system into a luau. The strategy: Pool their knowledge of two schools of patient care and offer patients membership in the state’s first direct primary care (DPC) practice. Dr. Michelle Suber is a naturopathic physician, professional dance instructor, and mother of daughters aged 7 and 3, West Hawaii Today reported in June. Suber also founded a middle school that “cultivates the...

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