Welcome to the July edition of the Health Care Alliance for Patient Safety (HCAPS)’s newsletter! In this edition, we’re celebrating the industry’s biggest event, newly introduced legislation to protect Patient Safety in Rhode Island, and our new Friends of HCAPS. Happy reading.

Optometry’s Meeting Returns to Chicago

Optometry’s Meeting returned in-person to Chicago from June 15th to the 18th. The profession's premier event hosted hundreds of industry leaders and students in conversations on continued education, professional development, and networking with peers and colleagues from across the world.

HCAPS loved meeting Partners and Friends old and new at OM, and we’ll look forward to welcoming new HCAPS advocates who signed up.

If you weren’t able to attend, catch up on the action by searching #OM2022 on social media. If you were in attendance, tweet us at @PatientSafe2Day with your photos and #OM2022!

Thank you to our Partners for a fantastic meeting! We look forward to seeing you all next year.

A collage of photos from Optometry's Meeting

The Rhode Island Consumer Protection in Eye Care Act

HCAPS supports federal legislation that would diminish the use of robocalls, faxes, and emails in the contact lens prescription verification process through the Contact Lens Prescription Verification Modernization Act. Robocalls impact patient safety and lead to unnecessary harm for the more than 45 million Americans that rely on contact lenses every day. 

Recently introduced state legislation in Rhode Island aims to mitigate the risks brought on by robocalls and other electronic contact lens sales by requiring patients to receive an in-person eye exam at least every two years. This proposed bill allows for more consumer protection and attempts to create a safe path for patients to renew their lenses; however, the fight to ensure nationwide patient safety continues.

Friends of HCAPS

Welcome to our new Friends of HCAPS! We now have FIFTY organizations that have pledged to protect patient safety and fight for patients' fair, safe, and open access to health care, while preserving the doctor-patient relationship.

Are you interested in joining? There are three easy steps that associations, schools, and other non-profit entities need to take to become a Friend of HCAPS:

  1. Provide a statement of support for the HCAPS advocacy mission.
  2. Provide a logo and agree for that logo to be included on the HCAPS site and in HCAPS electronic or printed materials.
  3. Commit to the HCAPS advocacy mission of supporting patient safety and the doctor-patient relationship.

Respond directly to this email for more information

Thank you for your continued advocacy!