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

Minutes of August 10, 2007

 

ROLL CALL:                          Daniel Tiller, Board Chair
                                                Michael Flandro, Board Member
                                                Donald James, Board Member
                                                Jack Zarybnisky, Board Member
                                                Frank Barnhart, Board Member

      BUREAU STAFF:             Tana Cory, Bureau Chief
                                                Roger Hales, Administrative Attorney
                                                Carrie Gilstrap, Secretary  

 OTHERS PRESENT:  Rodney White 

 

The meeting was called to order at 8:30 a.m.

 

MINUTES of JUNE 1, 2007

A motion was made by Dr. Zarybnisky to accept the June 1st, 2007 minutes as written. Seconded by Dr. Flandro, motion carried.

 

LEGISLATIVE REPORT

Tana Cory presented the legislative report to the members of the board by stating the bureau has added two new investigators and will be adding another staff member to the unit as well.

 

FINANCIAL REPORT

Tana Cory presented the financial report to the members of the board.

 

INVESTIGATIVE REPORT

Tana Cory presented the investigative report to the members of the board.

 

FY 2008 RENEWAL CONTRACT

Tana Cory presented the FY 2008 Renewal Contract to the members of the board. A motion was made by Dr. James to approve the contract and authorize the chair to sign on behalf of the board. Seconded by Dr. Zarybnisky, motion carried.

 

SUB-COMMITTEE MEETING

The board discussed issues with the Board of Medicine (IBOM) and the Ophthalmologist Association. The sub-committee was formed to determine what the next step would be regarding the use of certain CPT codes. The information sent by schools of optometry supported the codes that were used in the letter sent to Idaho licensed optometrists. During the meeting the IBOM and their association members went through said letter and struck through the codes they did not approve of. The board will need to make a recommendation on what codes should be established.

 

2007 ANNUAL ARBO MEETING

Dr. Zarybnisky stated that while attending the annual ARBO meeting he asked other states where they can obtain special certification courses. This information was passed on to Larry Benton.

The board asked the secretary to order each of the members the 2008 version of the INGENIX CPT codes handbook. Dr. Tiller suggested the members then go through and identify which codes are appropriate. He also recommends a change in the law, but have the association carry the bill with the state board supporting it if it has the public protection in mind. Dr. James added that having the association carry the bill is appropriate.

A motion was made by Dr. Flandro to enter into executive session to discuss litigation with Counsel as per I.C. 67-2345(1)(f) Seconded by Dr. Barnhart, motion carried.

 

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

 

ARBO MEETING

ARBO requested the state board recommend a list of ten (10) licensees names to review The Council on Optometric Practitioner Education (COPE) approved courses. Dr. Tiller suggested every board member be put on this list.

Dr. Zarybnisky distributed pamphlets to the members of the board about the OE tracker. The OE tracker will now be sending certificates of completion for the continuing education courses via e-mail.

 

LETTER REGARDING CPT CODES SENT TO LICENSEES

A motion was made by Dr. Flandro directing counsel to prepare language for letter for possible rescission of CPT code letter dated February 2006 sent to licensed optometrists. Seconded by Dr. Zarybnisky, motion carried.

 

ODP-689

The board directs the secretary to contact the Oregon State board to follow up with their request for examination information from 1984.

ODP-525 CE WAIVER REQEST

 

A motion was made by Dr. James to waive the eighteen (18) hours of continuing education for ODP-525 for the period of August 31, 2006-2007. Seconded by Dr. Flandro, motion carried.

 

The next meeting is scheduled for October 26, 2007 at 8:30 am.

 

A motion was made by Dr. Barnhart to adjourn the meeting at 10:35 am. Seconded by Dr. Zarybnisky, motion carried.