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As Eyeball Wars peak, optometrists seek desperate, last-minute buzzer beater

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After suffering a significant setback last week in the Eyeball Wars, optometrists may be mounting a last-ditch effort to get their bill rolling in the House. When will this bad bill just die? It has long past time to put an end to the Eyeball Wars in 2017, perhaps for good. Last week, HB 1037 stalled in the House Health and Human Services Committee after it had appeared there were not enough votes to pass. The companion bill, SB 1168,…

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Eyeball Wars rage as dozens of medical groups oppose optometrists, claiming ‘serious threat’ to care

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A growing number of medical professionals have joined forces in a wave of disapproval of optometrists in Florida’s “Eyeball Wars,” which is now making way through Tallahassee. HB 1037, which seeks to allow optometrists to perform surgery and prescribe opiates, among other things, now sits on the agenda of the House Health & Human Services Committee. This week, Bascom Palmer Eye Institute at University of Miami School of Medicine became the latest medical group to publicly oppose the bill, adding…

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Personnel note: Public relations pro Judi Spann moves to JEA

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Veteran public relations expert Judi Spann (APR, CPRC) has joined JEA, Jacksonville’s community-owned utility, to manage corporate communications. JEA is the leading Northeast Florida municipal utility, providing electricity, water, and wastewater services to the region. JEA serves more than 422,000 electric, 309,000 water and 235,000 sewer customers in a 913-square-mile service territory that includes both Duval and Nassau counties and parts of St. Johns and Clay counties. Spann’s career includes stints in Tallahassee as a former communications director for three Florida…

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