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The 2019 Florida Statutes

Title XXXII
REGULATION OF PROFESSIONS AND OCCUPATIONS
Chapter 484
DISPENSING OF OPTICAL DEVICES AND HEARING AIDS
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F.S. 484.014
484.014 Disciplinary actions.
(1) The following acts constitute grounds for denial of a license or disciplinary action, as specified in s. 456.072(2):
(a) Procuring or attempting to procure a license by misrepresentation, bribery, or fraud or through an error of the department or the board.
(b) Procuring or attempting to procure a license for any other person by making or causing to be made any false representation.
(c) Making or filing a report or record which the licensee knows to be false, intentionally or negligently failing to file a report or record required by federal or state law, willfully impeding or obstructing such filing, or inducing another person to do so. Such reports or records shall include only those which the person is required to make or file as an optician.
(d) Failing to make fee or price information readily available by providing such information upon request or upon the presentation of a prescription.
(e) Advertising goods or services in a manner which is fraudulent, false, deceptive, or misleading in form or content.
(f) Fraud or deceit, or negligence, incompetency, or misconduct, in the authorized practice of opticianry.
(g) Practicing with a revoked, suspended, inactive, or delinquent license.
(h) Violation of a lawful order of the board or department previously entered in a disciplinary hearing or failing to comply with a lawfully issued subpoena of the department.
(i) Violation of any provision of s. 484.012.
(j) Conspiring with another licensee or with any person to commit an act, or committing an act, which would coerce, intimidate, or preclude another licensee from lawfully advertising her or his services.
(k) Willfully submitting to any third-party payor a claim for services which were not provided to a patient.
(l) Failing to keep written prescription files.
(m) Willfully failing to report any person who the licensee knows is in violation of this part or of rules of the department or the board.
(n) Exercising influence on a client in such a manner as to exploit the client for financial gain of the licensee or of a third party.
(o) Gross or repeated malpractice.
(p) Permitting any person not licensed as an optician in this state to fit or dispense any lenses, spectacles, eyeglasses, or other optical devices which are part of the practice of opticianry.
(q) Being convicted or found guilty of, or entering a plea of nolo contendere to, regardless of adjudication, in a court of this state or other jurisdiction, a crime which relates to the ability to practice opticianry or to the practice of opticianry.
(r) Having been disciplined by a regulatory agency in another state for any offense that would constitute a violation of Florida law or rules regulating opticianry.
(s) Being unable to practice opticianry with reasonable skill and safety by reason of illness or use of drugs, narcotics, chemicals, or any other type of material or as a result of any mental or physical condition. An optician affected under this paragraph shall at reasonable intervals be afforded an opportunity to demonstrate that she or he can resume the competent practice of opticianry with reasonable skill and safety to her or his customers.
(t) Violating any provision of this chapter or chapter 456, or any rules adopted pursuant thereto.
(2) The board may enter an order denying licensure or imposing any of the penalties in s. 456.072(2) against any applicant for licensure or licensee who is found guilty of violating any provision of subsection (1) of this section or who is found guilty of violating any provision of s. 456.072(1).
(3) The board shall not reinstate the license of an optician it has deemed unqualified until such time as it is satisfied that the optician has complied with all the terms and conditions set forth in the final order and that such person is capable of safely engaging in the practice of opticianry.
(4) A permitholder under this part shall be subject to the provisions of this section which shall be enforced by the department.
History.ss. 1, 5, ch. 79-275; ss. 2, 3, ch. 81-318; ss. 7, 11, 12, ch. 86-254; s. 4, ch. 91-429; s. 248, ch. 94-119; s. 5, ch. 94-192; s. 449, ch. 97-103; s. 140, ch. 98-166; s. 198, ch. 2000-160; s. 46, ch. 2000-318; s. 49, ch. 2001-277; s. 24, ch. 2005-240.