IBOL COMPLAINT MEMORANDUM

 

 

††††††††††† DATE:††††††††††† January 21, 2011

 

††††††††††† TO:††††††††††††††††† Idaho Board of Acupuncture

 

††††††††††† SUBJECT:††††† Investigative Report

 

 

Fiscal Year 2011 (to date)

††††††††††† Total Complaints received†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 13

††††††††††††††††††††††† (Including 12 CE audit files.)

††††††††††† Status:

††††††††††††††††††††††† Closed by Board action††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 3

††††††††††††††††††††††† Closed following disciplinary action††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 1

††††††††††††††††††††††† Remaining under investigation††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 1

††††††††††††††††††††††† Awaiting Board determination†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 8

 

Fiscal Year 2010

††††††††††† Total Complaints received†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 7

††††††††††††††††††††††† (Including 4 CE audit files.)

††††††††††† Status:

††††††††††††††††††††††† Closed by Board action††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 2

††††††††††††††††††††††† Closed following disciplinary action††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 2

††††††††††††††††††††††† Pending Legal Review††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 2

††††††††††††††††††††††† Awaiting Board determination†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 1

 

Fiscal Year 2009

††††††††††† Total Complaints received†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 12

††††††††††††††††††††††† (Including 10 CE audit files.)

††††††††††† Status:

††††††††††††††††††††††† Closed by Board action††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 1

††††††††††††††††††††††† Closed following disciplinary action††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 9

††††††††††††††††††††††† Pending Legal Review††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 1

††††††††††††††††††††††† Remaining under investigation††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 1

 

For Board Determination:

 

I-ACU-2010-2C alleged R caused pain during treatment and overbilled C.Investigation revealed that C presented to R following an automobile accident.C claimed that R caused excessive pain during the initial examination and by using acupuncture with electrical stimulation.C also claimed that Rís $454 bill for the evaluation and treatment was excessive.After reviewing Rís records for C, the pro reviewer found that Rís history and examination, including neurological and orthopedic examinations, were appropriate.The pro reviewer stated that the chart notes include Rís awareness of possible secondary gains, psychogenic pain and possible emotional overlay.The pro reviewer stated that while Rís examination and treatment may have caused discomfort, to correctly perform some of the neurological and orthopedic tests which were documented, a practitioner would need to move the head in various positions relative to the neck and body.The pro reviewer stated that R used treatment generally found to be effective in similar cases, that R operated within the scope of practice and training, kept accurate records, and billed appropriately.The pro reviewer did find that the discussion of professional fees could have been more clear.Based on the pro reviewerís opinion, IBOL recommends that the Board authorize closure.

 

I-ACU-2011-4In response to an audit request, R submitted documentation showing that he completed 15 hours four days after the audit period but before his birthday.†† IBOL recommends the Board authorize closure with a warning letter to R advising R that he must obtain the 15 hours of CE prior to renewal, not just prior to the expiration date of his license (his birthday).

 

I-ACU-2011-5In response to an audit request, R submitted documentation showing that she completed 5 hours during the audit period and 10 hours two days after the audit period but before her birthday.R also submitted a letter stating that she thought she had until her birthday to complete her CE requirements.IBOL recommends that the Board authorize closure with a warning letter to R informing R that she must obtain her required CE before she renews each year.

 

I-ACU-2011-6In response to an audit request, R submitted documentation showing that she completed 15 hours outside of the audit period.R subsequently provided documentation verifying completion of 15 hours during the audit period.IBOL recommends that the Board authorize closure.

 

I-ACU-2011-7In response to an audit request, R submitted documentation showing that he obtained 15 hours 3 days after renewal but one month before his birthday.IBOL recommends the Board authorize closure with a warning letter to R advising R that he must obtain the 15 hours of CE prior to renewal, not just prior to the expiration date of his license (his birthday).

 

I-ACU-2011-9, I-ACU-2011-11, I-ACU-2011-12, I-ACU-2011-13Rs initially failed to respond to CE audit requests, but subsequently provided documentation verifying completion of 15 hours of CE during the audit periods.IBOL recommends that the Board authorize closure.