36-7-17. Practice as individual or partner required--Exception for authorized corporate practice--Violation as misdemeanor--Optometrist not precluded from serving as officer or director of health maintenance organization. Every person who practices optometry in South Dakota shall furnish the Board of Examiners satisfactory evidence that he practices optometry as a profession, in his individual personal capacity under his own name or as a partner of another registered optometrist and not as a corporation, limited liability company or agent, employee, officer, member, or partner of a corporation or limited liability except where a practice as an officer, employee, member, or agent of a corporation is established under the terms of chapter 47-11B. A violation of this section is a Class 2 misdemeanor.
Nothing in this section shall preclude a licensed optometrist from serving as a shareholder, officer, or director of a corporation established under the terms of chapter 58-41 as a health maintenance organization or other alternate health care delivery system including, but not limited to, preferred provider organizations, individual practices association, or other form of entity whatever established for group health care purposes.
Source: SDC 1939, § 27.0704 (7); SL 1941, ch 125, § 2; SL 1972, ch. 249, § 24; SL 1987, ch 269, § 1; SL 1992, ch 158, § 77; SL 1993, ch 344, § 39J.
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