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AGO 1988 No. 28 >  November 14, 1988
MEDICINE - OPTOMETRY - PROFESSIONAL REGULATION
OPTOMETRY 1.An agreement between an optometrist and an ophthalmologist whereby the optometrist refers a patient to the ophthalmologist for surgery with the understanding that the referring optometrist will provide post-operative care does not violate the anti-rebate provisions of chapter 19.68 RCW or RCW 18.130.180(21), so long as each party performs services he or she is licensed to perform and bills only for those services.2.The Medical Disciplinary Board lacks authority to prohibit ophthalmologists from delegating post-operative management of eye surgery patients to optometrists, if the prohibition amounts to an effort to regulate the practice of optometry or to prevent optometrists from performing functions they are licensed to perform; however, the Medical Disciplinary Board does have authority to define the scope of post-operative care and define the extent of a medical doctor's responsibility for such post-operative care.
AGO 1968 No. 27 >  August 21, 1968
OPTOMETRY - LICENSES - TRANSFER OF USE OF OPTOMETRIST'S NAME
OPTOMETRY - LICENSES - TRANSFER OF USE OF OPTOMETRIST'S NAME RCW 18.53.140 (5) does not allow the transferee of the name of a lawfully licensed optometrist to in turn transfer that name to another optometrist so as to make it possible for this second transferee to also practice optometry under such transferred name.
AGO 1960 No. 141 >  September 13, 1960
OPTOMETRY - SERVICES AS WITHIN THE DEFINITION OF HEALTH CARE SERVICES UNDER RCW 48.44.010
OPTOMETRY - SERVICES AS WITHIN THE DEFINITION OF HEALTH CARE SERVICES UNDER RCW 48.44.010 The services rendered by a licensed and qualified optometrist are not properly included as "health care services" within the definition of RCW 48.44.010.
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