Idaho State Board of Optometry
Bureau of Occupational Licenses
1109 Main Street, Suite 220
Boise, Idaho 83702-5642
(208) 334-3233

Minutes of November 17, 2006


ROLL CALL:                          John Rietz, Board Member, Board Chair

                                                Daniel Tiller, Board Member

                                                Michael Flandro, Board Member

                                                Donald James, Board Member

                                                Jack Zarybnisky, Board Member


      BUREAU STAFF:             Rayola Jacobsen, Bureau Chief

                                                Bill Schaefer, Deputy Bureau Chief

                                                Roger Hales, Administrative Attorney

            Carrie Gilstrap, Secretary


      ALSO PRESENT:             Rodney White, Association Member

                                                Rob Sorenson, Member of the Public

            Larry Benton

Larry Downer


The conference call meeting was called to order at 2:10 p.m.




Dr. John Rietz requested holding review of the minutes until the next scheduled meeting.




Ms. Jacobsen presented the board contract. Discussion was held regarding the increase in the annual budget as compared to last year.


A motion was made by Dr. Tiller to approve the Contract and authorize the Board Chair to sign the contract on behalf of the board. Seconded by Dr. Flandro, motion carried.




Dr. Rietz requests this be added as an agenda item for the next scheduled meeting. He noted there are a minimal number of current licensees who are without dual licensure and are still in practice. The board members stated Sherry Cooper from the Idaho Optometric Association has legal documentation in regards to dual licensure as well as other relevant information regarding this topic.   




Ms. Jacobsen stated there have been reports to the Bureau regarding concern over the proposed legislation including the use of therapeutic lasers.


Larry Downer stated he supports the sub-committee meeting to discuss and resolve the issue. Mr. Downer feels that if it is okay within the law then they should stand firm in support.


Rob Sorenson stated he agrees with Mr. Downer. He added the timing isnít right and it is important to get the legislation off the table now and also the board should not be willing to give up on any of the CPT codes.


Larry Downer agrees with the legislation, but feels it would be better to wait.


Jerry, a public member, agrees with Rob and Larry, stating it is important to watch the definition of codes.


Larry Benton stated he has concerns about opening up the optometry law at this time.


The Conference Call participants  exited the call to allow the Board to move into executive session.


Roll call re-established attendance. A motion was made by Dr. James to go into executive session to discuss potential litigation. Seconded by Dr. Tiller, motion carried.


A motion was made by Dr. Flandro to come out of executive session. Seconded by Dr. Tiller, motion carried.


A motion was made by Dr. Zarybnisky to form a sub-committee and for the sub-committee to meet on December 8th, 2006 with the Board of Medicine working group, Seconded by Dr. James, motion carried.


The board discussed having both Dr. Rietz and Dr. Tiller serve as members of the sub-committee.


The board stated they would like to have a licensed Ophthalmologist attend the meeting to have a person who is familiar with the CPT codes and the definitions. The board discussed individuals of interest which the members would be in contact with.


Dr. Tiller was asked to follow up with letters from other educational institutions. Dr. Flandro stated he would follow up an Ophthalmologist and Dr. James to communicate with licensed Optometrists.


Ms. Jacobsen stated she would follow up with the scheduling of the sub-committee meeting and will assist in establishing who the attendees will be from the Idaho State Board of Medicine.


A motion was made by Dr. Tiller stating the board members have taken into consideration the opinions of the association and members of the public regarding the proposed legislation. Seconded by Dr. Zarybnisky, motion carried.


A motion was made by Dr. Flandro to adjourn the meeting at 3:15pm. Seconded by Dr. Zarybnisky, motion carried.