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Chapter 30, Title 43 into effect and to regulate the practice of optometry as a profession in conformity with and in compliance with accepted professional standards.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="430-4-.01(2)">(2)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Any one or all of the following acts committed by a doctor of optometry licensed in Georgia are in violation of the accepted professional standards for the practice of optometry in this State and shall constitute "unprofessional conduct" within the meaning of the O.C.G.A. Section <a href="https://links.casemakerlegal.com/states/ga/books/Code_of_Georgia/browse?ci=25&amp;id=gasos&amp;codesec=43-30-9&amp;title=43#" target="_newtab">43-30-9</a>, <I>as amended</I>: <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="430-4-.01(2)(a)">(a)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Continuing to practice optometry while suffering from any physical or mental disease or disability, which renders the further practice of optometry dangerous to patients or the public;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="430-4-.01(2)(b)">(b)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Habitual intemperance in the use of ardent spirits, narcotics or stimulants to such an extent as to render the licensed doctor of optometry unfit for the careful performance of his professional duties;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="430-4-.01(2)(c)">(c)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The intentional making of any fraudulent, misleading, or deceptive statement in any form of advertising connected with the practice of optometry, including but not limited to the tactic of `bait and switch', whereby a product or service is advertised for a specific price but the consumer must in fact purchase additional products or product or service previously advertised;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="430-4-.01(2)(d)">(d)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Making untruthful or improbable statements or flamboyant or extravagant claims concerning the licensed doctor of optometry's skills which are likely to deceive the public;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="430-4-.01(2)(e)">(e)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Assisting any person other than another licensed doctor of optometry or a doctor of medicine skilled in diseases of the eyes in the prescribing or fitting of a contact lens for a patient, unless the person so assisted is under his direct, personal supervision while upon the same premises. In releasing a prescription for contact lens all parameters necessary for fabrication of the lens must be included;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="430-4-.01(2)(f)">(f)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Practicing or continuing to practice optometry under, or use in connection with his practice of optometry, any assumed name, corporate name, trade name, or any name other than the name under which he is licensed to practice optometry in Georgia except under the following conditions: <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="430-4-.01(2)(f)1.">1.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> When doctors of optometry are practicing as partners, they may practice under the full or last names of the partners. Doctors of optometry who are employed by other doctors of optometry shall practice in their own names, but may practice in an office listed under the name of the individual or partnership of doctors of optometry by whom they are employed, provided, however, that their names shall be displayed in a manner similar to the other doctors of optometry in the practice. In the event of the death or retirement of a doctor of optometry or sale of the optometric practice, the surviving doctor or doctors or the purchaser of the practice may continue to use the name of the predecessor in addition to his own name for a period not to exceed two (2) years from the death or retirement of said predecessor. This rule shall not be construed to authorize conduct otherwise prohibited by the Patient Self-Referral Act, codified at O.C.G.A Section <a href="https://links.casemakerlegal.com/states/ga/books/Code_of_Georgia/browse?ci=25&amp;id=gasos&amp;codesec=43-1B-1&amp;title=43&amp;getbrowsepage=yes#" target="_newtab">43-1B-1</a><I>et seq.</I></td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="430-4-.01(2)(g)">(g)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Publicly displaying of the licensed doctor of optometry's name upon or in any premises used for the practice of optometry, unless a licensed doctor of optometry is actually present at times optometric services are provided and unless such licensed doctor of optometry is in the practice of optometry at such premises for a minimum of four (4) hours per week;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="430-4-.01(2)(h)">(h)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Failing to advise each patient whenever consultation with an optometric colleague or referral for other professional care seems advisable;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="430-4-.01(2)(i)">(i)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Failing to hold in professional confidence all information concerning a patient;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="430-4-.01(2)(j)">(j)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Exaggerating the patient's condition for the purpose of prescribing or dispensing unnecessary optometric services;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="430-4-.01(2)(k)">(k)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Performing any dishonorable, unethical or unprofessional conduct likely to deceive, defraud or harm the public;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="430-4-.01(2)(l)">(l)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Consistently misdiagnosing or consistently prescribing improper therapy;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="430-4-.01(2)(m)">(m)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Violating, attempting to violate, or conspiring to violate any provision of the laws or rules pertaining to the practice of optometry in this State;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="430-4-.01(2)(n)">(n)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Failing to provide adequate safeguards against patient abandonment. For purposes of this Rule, an optometrist shall be deemed to have provided such safeguards if he/she: <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="430-4-.01(2)(n)1.">1.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> makes himself/herself available for twenty-four (24) hour access;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="430-4-.01(2)(n)2.">2.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> arranges alternative coverage by a licensed practitioner or other appropriate healthcare facility; or </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="430-4-.01(2)(n)3.">3.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> advises prospective patients, in writing, at the time of their first visit that it is his/her policy not to be available during non-office hours;</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="430-4-.01(2)(o)">(o)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Assisting, allowing, or permitting an unlicensed person, firm, association or corporation to practice optometry in this State;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="430-4-.01(2)(p)">(p)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Accepting any direct or indirect payment, gift, or other remuneration of any optometric service not actually rendered;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="430-4-.01(2)(q)">(q)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Placing his license at the disposal or in the service or control of any person, firm, association or corporation not licensed to practice optometry in this State; </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="430-4-.01(2)(r)">(r)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Entering into any agreement that allows an unlicensed person, firm, association, or corporation to control or attempt to control the professional judgment, the manner of practice, or the practice of a doctor of optometry. For purposes of this section, "control or attempt to control the professional judgment, the manner of practice, or the practice of the doctor of optometry" shall include but not be limited to: <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="430-4-.01(2)(r)1.">1.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> setting or attempting to influence the professional fees of a doctor of optometry;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="430-4-.01(2)(r)2.">2.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> restricting or attempting to restrict a doctor of optometry's freedom to see patients on an appointment basis;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="430-4-.01(2)(r)3.">3.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> terminating or threatening to terminate any lease, agreement, or other relationship in an effort to control the professional judgment, manner of practice, or practice of a doctor of optometry;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="430-4-.01(2)(r)4.">4.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> making or guaranteeing a loan to a doctor of optometry in excess of the value of the collateral securing the loan;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="430-4-.01(2)(r)5.">5.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> agreeing to divide or split fees received for professional services with any person, firm, association, or corporation for the solicitation or referral of a patient, provided that the following acts shall not be construed as unprofessional conduct under this regulation unless the person, firm, association, or corporation controls or attempts to control the practice of the doctor of optometry: <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="430-4-.01(2)(r)5.(i)">(i)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> entering into a bona fide lease or rental agreement based upon a percentage of gross income;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="430-4-.01(2)(r)5.(ii)">(ii)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> advertising in a truthful, non-deceptive manner, or paying for such advertising based upon a percentage of gross income, as long as such advertising otherwise complies with Rules <a title="430-4-.01(2)(c), (d)" href="430-4-.01#430-4-.01(2)(c), (d)">430-4-.01(2)(c), (d)</a> and (f) and other applicable statutes and regulations. </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="430-4-.01(2)(r)5.(iii)">(iii)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> nothing in this rule shall be construed to prohibit professional relationships between optometrists, medical doctors, health maintenance organizations and/or hospitals. This rule shall not be construed to authorize conduct otherwise prohibited by the Patient Self-Referral Act, codified at O.C.G.A. Section <a href="https://links.casemakerlegal.com/states/ga/books/Code_of_Georgia/browse?ci=25&amp;id=gasos&amp;codesec=43-1B-1&amp;title=43&amp;getbrowsepage=yes#" target="_newtab">43-1B-1</a><I>et seq.</I></td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="430-4-.01(2)(s)">(s)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> It is the intent of subsection (r) to prevent manufacturers, wholesalers, or retailers of optical goods from controlling or attempting to control the professional judgment, manner of practice or the practice of a doctor of optometry, and the provisions of this section shall be liberally construed to carry out this intent.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="430-4-.01(2)(t)">(t)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Subsection (r) shall not apply where the manufacturer, wholesaler, or retailer of ophthalmic goods is a licensed doctor of optometry or a licensed physician or legal entity 100 percent owned and controlled by one or more licensed doctors of optometry or licensed physicians; however, the exception set forth in this subsection shall not apply where the doctor of optometry or legal entity has offices at more than three (3) locations.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="430-4-.01(2)(u)">(u)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Failing to release patient records within a reasonable period of time to a Physician or another Doctor of Optometry upon written authorization from the patient. <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="430-4-.01(2)(u)1.">1.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The patient shall be responsible to pay the costs of search, retrieval, copying and mailing the patient record.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="430-4-.01(2)(v)">(v)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Failing to respond within the time specified to a subpoena from the Board or the Board's agent.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="430-4-.01(3)">(3)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> No optometrist, or employee or agent thereof acting on his behalf, shall offer, agree to accept, or receive compensation in any form for the referral of professional services to or from another health care provider or entity. This prohibition includes any form of fee division or charging of fees for the referral of a patient.</td> </tr> </table> <h2><a href="/GAC/430-4-.02" name="430-4-.02" title="430-4-.02">Rule 430-4-.02 Repealed</a></h2> </div> </div> </HTML> </div> <div id="toc" class="sidebar noprint"> <ul id="toc-children" class="children"><li><a href="/GAC/430-4-.01" name="430-4-.01" title="430-4-.01">Rule 430-4-.01 Unprofessional Conduct</a></li><li><a href="/GAC/430-4-.02" name="430-4-.02" title="430-4-.02">Rule 430-4-.02 Repealed</a></li></ul> </div> </div> <!--content ends here--> <div id="footer" class="noprint"><span class="footer">Copyright &copy; 2019 Lawriter LLC - All rights reserved.</span>| <a href="mailto:support@casemakerlegal.com?subject=Rules and Regulations of the State of Georgia">Email Us</a> | 844-838-0769 | <a href="http://livechat.casemakerlegal.com/client.php?locale=en" target="_blank" onclick="if(navigator.userAgent.toLowerCase().indexOf('opera') != -1 && window.event.preventDefault)window.event.preventDefault();this.newWindow = window.open('http://livechat.casemakerlegal.com/client.php?locale=en&url='+escape(document.location.href)+'&referrer='+escape(document.referrer), 'webim','toolbar=0,scrollbars=0,location=0,status=1,menubar=0,width=640,height=480,resizable=1');this.newWindow.focus();this.newWindow.opener=window;return false;">Live Chat</a> </div> </div> </body> </html>