IDAHO BOARD OF OPTOMETRY

Bureau of Occupational Licenses

700 West State Street, P.O. Box 83720

Boise, ID 83720-0063 

 

Board Meeting Minutes of 5/20/2011 

 

BOARD MEMBERS PRESENT:  Jack G. Zarybnisky, O.D. - Chair

                                                             Robert Sorensen O.D.

                                                             Rodney L. White, O.D.

                                                             Donald K. James, O.D.

 

BOARD MEMBERS ABSENT:    Robert Grill, O.D.

                                                           

 BUREAU STAFF:                          Tana Cory, Bureau Chief

                                                            Cherie Simpson, Management Assistant

                                                            Marcie McGinty, Hearing & Appeals Technician

                                                            Carrie Gilstrap, Technical Records Specialist II

                                                           

OTHERS PRESENT:                     Dr. Philip Rainey

                                                            Kris Ellis

                                   

The meeting was called to order at 8:350 AM MDT by Jack G. Zarybnisky, O.D.

 

APPROVAL OF MINUTES

 

A motion was made by Dr. James to approve the minutes of February 25, 2011. Seconded by Dr. White, motion carried.

 

A motion was made by Dr. Sorensen to approve the minutes of April 22, 2011. Seconded by Dr. White, motion carried.

 

LEGISLATIVE REPORT

 

Ms. Cory presented the legislative report to the members of the Board. She stated the Legislature approved an additional investigator position who will be working in the Magic Valley area.

 

FINANCIAL REPORT

 

Ms. Cory presented the financial report to the members of the Board. The current cash balance as of 4/30/2011 is $84,076.35.

 

INVESTIGATIVE REPORT

 

Ms. McGinty presented the investigative report to the members of the Board. The following cases were up for Board review and determination:

 

I-OPT-2011-3, I-OPT-2011-4, I-OPT-2011-7 A motion was made by Dr. Sorensen to approve the Bureau’s recommendation and authorize closure. Seconded by Dr. James. Dr. White abstained from voting, motion carried.

 

OLD BUSINESS

 

CORRESPONDENCE FROM THE WA BOARD

 

A motion was made by Dr. Sorensen to direct the Bureau to draft a response and forward it to the Chair for his review. Seconded by Dr. White, motion carried.

 

DISCUSSION RE: PROPOSED LAW/RULE CHANGES      

 

The Board reviewed a draft of proposed rule changes to comply with the new law change that eliminated the nominating ballot process for Board appointment. A motion was made by Dr. James to approve the proposed changes by removing Rule 100.02 and updating the mailing address in Rule 175. This will be submitted as a temporary rule as it coincides with the law change effective July 1, 2011. Seconded by Dr. Sorensen, motion carried.

 

Dr. Philip Rainey approached the members of the Board. He expressed his concerns regarding his employment for a corporation and asked the Board to consider making changes to ensure separation over who employs and manages an optometrist. Dr. White asked if this relationship with the corporation was harming the public in any way. Dr. Rainey stated, “yes” because he has no control over the schedule; at times he’s seen over 50 patients in one day. Dr. Sorensen was given Dr. Rainey’s contact information.

 

Discussion was held regarding the sub-committee’s progress for proposed changes. They stated they will continue working with Mr. Hales. Recommendations will also be made during the upcoming Idaho Optometric Physicians meeting.  

 

NEW BUSINESS

 

CORRESPONDENCE FROM WEST VIRGINIA

 

The Board reviewed an inquiry sent by the West Virginia Board of Optometry asking other state boards to provide information regarding injections and required training for injections. A motion was made by Dr. White to direct Bureau staff to draft a response and send it to Dr. James for his review prior to forwarding it to West Virginia. Seconded by Dr. Sorensen, motion carried.

 

CORRESPONDENCE FROM THE MARYLAND BOARD

 

The Board reviewed an inquiry sent by the West Maryland Board of Optometry asking about the processes for Board decisions regarding scope of practice issues. This inquiry also included questions pertaining to its customer service. Bureau staff will provide information to Dr. Zarybnisky, as he will send the Board’s response.

 

CE GRANT REQUEST FROM THE ASSOCIATION

 

A motion was made by Dr. James to approve the request from the Association for the annual continuing education sponsorship. Seconded by Dr. White, motion carried.

 

CE APPLICATION FOR APPROVAL

 

The Board reviewed an application for continuing education approval submitted by the Health and Safety Institute for a course entitled ASHI-CPR AED for the Community Workplace and Medic First Aid Careplus. A motion was made by Dr. Sorensen to draft a letter and state this course is approved as it meets the requirement as stated in Rule 600. Seconded by Dr. James, motion carried.  

 

EXECUTIVE SESSION

 

A motion was made by Dr. Sorensen that the Board go into executive session under Idaho Code § 67-2345(1)(d) to consider records that are exempt from disclosure under the Idaho Public Records Law.  The purpose of the Executive Session was to consider license application materials.  Seconded by Dr. White. The vote was: Dr. Zarybnisky, aye; Dr. Sorensen, aye; Dr. White; and Dr. James, aye. Motion carried.

 

A motion was made by Dr. Sorensen to come out of executive session.  Seconded by Dr. White. The vote was: Dr. Zarybnisky, aye; Dr. Sorensen, aye; Dr. White; and Dr. James, aye. Motion carried.

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A motion was made by Dr. Sorensen to approve the CE for reinstatement documents reviewed by the Board. Seconded by Dr. James, motion carried.

 

NEXT MEETING was scheduled as a conference call on July 7, 2011 at 8:00 AM. The next regularly scheduled meeting was scheduled for August 24, 2011. Ms. Gilstrap will notify Mr. Hales and Dr. Grill. 

 

ADJOURNMENT

 

A motion was made by Dr. Sorensen to adjourn the meeting at 9:50 AM Seconded by Dr. James, motion carried.

 

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Jack G. Zarybnisky, O.D., Chair                       Robert Sorensen O.D.

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Rodney L. White, O.D.                                    Robert Grill, O.D.

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Donald K. James, O.D.                                    Tana Cory, Bureau Chief