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PENNSYLVANIA STATE BOARD OF OPTOMETRY

March 2012 www.dos.state.pa.us

BOARD MEETING DATES
March 14, 2012
May 10, 2012
July 11, 2012
Sept. 13, 2012
Nov. 14, 2012
Other board meetings may be scheduled as needed.

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Disciplinary Actions
A listing of disciplinary or corrective measures taken by the 29 professional licensing boards and commissions, Charitable Organizations and Notaries Public.
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Pennsylvania Health Alert Network (PA‐HAN) February 1, 2012


The Pennsylvania Health Alert Network (PA‐HAN) is one of the major ways the Pennsylvania Department of Health (PADOH) rapidly distributes information on emerging public health issues (e.g. disease outbreaks) to health care providers, hospitals, emergency management officials, and other public health agencies. In a typical year, PADOH distributes 20‐25 HAN messages to providers via email, fax, or cell phone, depending on user preference. PADOH feels it is important that all health care providers have access to HAN messages directly or through their health care facility in order to receive critical public health messages. This assures that public health is protected and allows Pennsylvania’s health care providers to give the best care to your patients and community.

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Medical Reporting to PennDOT

Background and Purpose
-Medical reporting provides a highly effective mechanism for removing medically impaired drivers from the roads.

-Medical reporting assists PennDOT in determining whether an individual applying for or holding a driver’s license is medically fit to be operating a motor vehicle.

-Other states have statutory requirements of self reporting, however there is an extremely high rate of noncompliance.

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Continuing Education Update
Janet Schwartz, O.D.

As the biennial license renewal period approaches, the Board would like to remind you of the options available for fulfilling your continuing education requirements.  Although the continuing education requirements for licensure have not changed, the variety of educational opportunities and delivery systems has expanded over the last few years.


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Newest board member




Gregory J Bittner O.D. was appointed to the board of Optometry by Governor Tom Corbett.  He is a 1981 graduate of the Pennsylvania College of Optometry and was the recipient of the clinical excellence award at graduation. Dr Bittner was voted Optometrist of the Year by the Western Pennsylvania Optometric Society in 2012.  Dr Bittner maintains a large group practice in Allison Park, Pennsylvania.  His practice provides all general optometric services with a concentration in primary eye care.He hopes to bring his 30 years of
private practice experience to help guide and promote the profession of optometry.


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Pennsylvania State Board of Optometry
P.O. Box 2649, Harrisburg, PA 17105-2649
717.783.7155 | ST-OPTOMETRY@state.pa.us
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