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

Minutes of June 1, 2007

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:             Tana Cory, Bureau Chief
                                                Budd Hetrick, Deputy Bureau Chief
                                                Roger Hales, Administrative Attorney
                                                Carrie Gilstrap, Secretary  

 OTHERS PRESENT:  Karl Klein, Deputy Attorney General
                                     Larry Benton 
 

The meeting was called to order at 8:35 am
 

MINUTES OF FEBRUARY 16, 2007

A motion was made by Dr. Tiller to accept the minutes for February 16, 2007. Seconded by Dr. Zarybnisky, motion carried.


LEGISLATIVE REPORT

Tana Cory presented the legislative report to the members of the Board. She stated the Governor approved a revised budget which includes the addition of new staff members.

Roger Hales stated the proposed legislation was pulled because of concerns from the Idaho Board of Medicine.

 

FINANCIAL REPORT

Budd Hetrick presented the financial report to the board members. He stated the Board has come in well under budget mainly because of combining of the two accounts last year.


INVESTIGATIVE REPORT

Budd Hetrick presented the investigative report to the board members.
 

OPT-2007-1 Karl Klein presented to the Board a memorandum. The Board gave further recommendation.
 

OPT-2007-2 Karl Klein presented to the Board a memorandum. A motion was made by Dr. James to accept the Attorney General's recommendation for closure. Seconded by Dr. Zarybnisky, motion carried.


Roger Hales reviewed for the Board the changes that were made in the legislature this year including the rules on; endorsement, continuing education on correspondence, home study and carryover hours, and the code of ethics. There was also the deletion of the unprofessional conduct and deleted a section from the contents under prescription.


PROFESSIONAL CORPORATIONS INQUIRY

It was stated that if you practice independently, you need to be practicing under a professional corporation. A motion was made by Dr. Zarybnisky directly council to respond to the inquiry. Seconded by Dr. Flandro, motion carried.
 

PATIENT RECORDS

Idaho rule states records must be kept for a period of five (5) years.


OE TRACKER INQUIRY

The OE Tracker only accepts COPE approved continuing education courses. Larry Benton stated that all of the education is COPE approved from the Idaho Optometric Association. He also added that the OE Tracker will be discussed during the association meeting in July 2007. Dr. James stated this is an easy way to track hours. Larry Benton stated the association is gearing up to accept the OE Tracker. In addition, he stated he will come prepared to discuss further OE Tracker requirements at the next meeting.

 

A motion was made by Dr. James to accept the OE Tracker certificates as continuing education. Seconded by Dr. Zarybnisky, motion carried.  A motion was made by Dr. James asking Budd Hetrick to respond to the OE Tracker inquiry regarding the acceptance of certificates as proof of attendance of continuing education. Seconded by Dr. Tiller, motion carried.
 

LETTER RECEIVED FROM COPE

A motion was made by Dr. Tiller to allow Kenneth King to be a COPE reviewer. Seconded by Dr. Zarybnisky, motion carried.
 

2007 ARBO MEMBERSHIP

A motion was made by Dr. Tiller to approve the expenses incurred for Dr. Flandro and Dr. Zarybnisky to attend the 2007 Annual ARBO meeting. Seconded by Dr. James, motion carried. 
 

IDAHO OPTOMETRIC PHYSICIANS

Larry Benton requests for approval of sponsorship to arrange for a four (4) hour clinical program offered to optometrists. Discussion was held on the Boardís budget and their ability to afford the expense.

A motion was made by Dr. Flandro to approve the ten-thousand (10,000) dollar payment to the I.O.P for continuing education. Seconded by Dr. Tiller, motion carried.


DISCUSSION REGARDING THE IDAHO BOARD OF MEDICINE

An e-mail was received from the IBOM requesting to meet with the Optometry Board again. There has been prior discussion with the IBOM as they would like the Optometry Board to adopt a rule regarding specific CPT codes. Roger Hales stated there should be some negotiation between the two Boards and the two associations. Dr. Tiller stated that he and Mr. Benton have contacted all of the Optometry schools requesting information on the curriculum that is taught. Roger Hales stated that timing is an issue and the Board needs to move quickly. They will need to form a committee to work on a proposal to take to the medical board.
 

Larry Benton stated there is a huge concern with the I.O.P on where this process is going. He stated they donít want to do things they arenít qualified to do and donít want to succumb to the medical doctors who do not understand what the optometrists are qualified to do. He added they are looking to solve this statutorily.
 

Dr. Rietz stated they have proof verifying these specific CPT codes are being taught in optometric schools and they could possibly offer certification to prove the Optometrists are competent to perform these procedures. He wants to prove to the M.D. Board that the Optometrists do have the training and education to perform these procedures. Larry Benton stated that before the Board can proceed they need to get the evidence gathered. Dr. Rietz added that the Board needs to communicate with the IBOM. Roger Hales will advise the IBOM that the Board is in the process of gathering information from the schools and they are willing to form a committee. Dr. Zarybnisky and Dr. Tiller will represent the state board, along with Roger Hales, Larry Benton, and an additional association member. A meeting date will be set for July 16th with the IBOM at 3p.m. and a conference call is scheduled for June 13th at 8 a.m. for the committee to meet.
 

The next meeting is scheduled for August 10th, 2007 at 8:30 a.m.


A motion was made by Dr. James to enter into executive session to discuss applications exempt from public disclosure Idaho Code 67-2345.1.a Seconded by Dr.Flandro, motion carried.
 

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

ENDORSEMENT APPLICATIONS

A motion was made by Dr. Tiller to accept the endorsement applications for licensure. Seconded by Dr. Zarybnisky, motion carried. 
 

ODP    100137            HARWOOD LORANCE WILSON

ODP    100138            ARCHIBALD ALEXANDER CHRISTIAN

ODP    100142            HASSENPFLUG DOUGLAS HARRIS
 

A motion was made by Dr. Rietz to elect Dan Tiller as the Board Chair. Seconded by Dr. Zarybnisky, motion carried.
 

A motion was made by Dr. James to adjourn the meeting at 11:07 am. Seconded by Dr. Zarybnisky, motion carried.