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Public Policy Update 2016

A meeting of Patients/Physicians United for Laser Safety and Efficacy Coalition (PULSE) was held in May, 2016 to discuss the development of a model bill relative to laser supervision. PULSE’s first effort was in Rhode Island where the coalition wrote a letter supporting H7743 to ensure that procedures which utilize laser and energy-based devices are performed under the on-site supervision of a physician. There are no updates on the status of H7743 at this time. Dr. Hruza reported in the August Board meeting that the PULSE Coalition is looking for other societies, primarily in different States, that want to partner to advance legislation for the regulation of lasers.

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