Idaho State Board of Acupuncture
Bureau of Occupational Licenses
1109 Main Street, Suite 220
Boise, Idaho 83702-5642
(208) 334-3233


                          Minutes of July 25, 2003                


ROLL CALL:   Therese Hahn, Chair

                        John Downey, Board Member

                        Jean Kuty, Board Member

                        Rosemary Yocum, Board Member

                        Rand Peebles, Board Member


ALSO PRESENT:            Rayola Jacobsen, Bureau Chief

                                         Budd Hetrick, Deputy Chief

                                          Roger Hales, Administrative Attorney

                                         Sandee Hitesman, Office Specialist II 


The meeting was called to order at 9:30 a.m. by Chair, Therese Hahn. 

Rand Peebles, Board Member, was present at 9:40 a.m. 

Meeting minutes from April 25, 2003 was discussed.  The board noted two typographical errors.  Motion was made by Ms. Hahn to approve the minutes with the two typographical errors corrected.  Seconded by Ms. Kuty, carried.  

Rayola Jacobsen presented the legislative report.  Ms. Jacobsen explained that there was a law change stating that no pre-filed bills could be submitted by agencies for this year.  All agencies can take RS’s to the respective house or senate.  The house or senate will then present these to committees.  The committees will make the determination of which RS’s get a number.  Ms. Jacobsen recommended only taking proposed rule changes to the legislature.  

Mr. Hetrick gave the financial report.  There is a link on the Bureau’s website to the financial report.  The current number of licensee’s has been added to this link. The bureau is in the process of converting the license system to a web based system.  As of June 30, 2003 the board had $1,909.58 left of their budget. 

Mr. Hetrick gave the investigation report.  As of July 22, 2003, there have been no complaints for fiscal year 2004.  There are 4 investigations open from previous years.  

Continuing education implementation was discussed.  Persons licensed in both Acupuncture and Chiropractic will be required to take the extra 15 hours of continuing education prior to the renewal of an Acupuncture license. It was suggested Mr. Hales draft a letter to take to the Chiropractic Association regarding the continuing education requirement in Acupuncture.  The board asked Mr. Hales to draft a letter to send to all persons licensed in both Acupuncture and Chiropractic giving notice of the Acupuncture continuing education rules. (“Chiropractors Beware.  For those of you who have a license or certificate in Acupuncture, please read the attached rules.”)  Question was asked if 12 hours of the continuing education could be on risk taking, documentation and management practices.  The board discussed if the NCCAOM would accept that many hours in risk taking and management practices, though not without reviewing course documentation.  The board may want to make it the licensee’s responsibility to get written approval from the NCCAOM on seminars in question.  Mr. Downey noted that documentation is an issue for Chiropractors right now, and risk management would go along with that.  Ms. Hahn noted that documentation and record keeping is germane to the practice of Acupuncture, and that NCCAOM has limited the number of continuing education credits allowed for risk management, documentation, etc..  The board felt the bulk of the continuing education should be related to the practice of Acupuncture.  Mr. Hales noted that it would be the board’s responsibility to review the nature, instructors and scope of the course on courses that have not been approved by NCCAOM.  Ms. Yocum noted that there is a pre-approval process for NCCAOM online.  If there is a course someone is wanting approved for continuing education credits, they could go to this website and submit the course for approval from NCCAOM.  The board asked about drafting a form that persons wanting course approval could complete and submit to the board.  Mr. Hetrick noted that the Bureau does have an application for continuing education requests that could be made available to Acupuncturists.  Mr. Hetrick stated that he would have that form available on the website by the end of the day.    Ms. Kuty asked Ms. Hitesman to be sure to point out the continuing education rule 305-1 to persons calling regarding continuing education approval.  

Question was asked if a preceptor course would be something the board would be willing to approve.  The board decided if the NCCAOM has approved the preceptor course, then the board would also approve it.  Question was asked as to what date the board would start the continuing education audit process.  The board determined that audits would start on the person’s next renewal after July 1, 2004.  Mr. Hales noted that the rule went into effect May of 2003, so licensees would have to have completed their 15 hours of continuing education by their next renewal.  The board noted that most licensees are just becoming aware of the continuing education rule.  Mr. Hales stated that if the board wants to wait to audit continuing education until after July 1, 2004, they would need to make a rule change.  The bureau informed the board that, when the renewal forms are sent out to licensees,  an affidavit of CE compliance will be included.  The licensee is required to sign stating they have met this requirement.  The board asked legal council if they could amend the rule to change the starting date of completing continuing education to July 1, 2004.  Ms. Yocum noted that this rule had become a permanent rule during the last legislative session.  Mr. Hales concurred with this.

Motion was made by Mr. Peebles to amend the continuing education rule to reflect that persons renewing for Acupuncture license after July 1, 2004 will be required to complete 15 hours of continuing education.  Seconded by Ms. Kuty, carried.  

Motion was made by Mr. Peebles to amend his motion to amend rule 302-01-B to make it a temporary rule and add to the beginning of the sentence, “Beginning July 1, 2004.”  Seconded by Ms. Kuty, carried.  

The board noted that anybody who renews their license after July 1, 2004 would need to have 15 credit hours of continuing education.  The board asked if a memo drafted by Mr. Hales would go out to all licensees.  Mr. Hales noted that a newsletter could go out from the Acupuncture Association.  Mr. Downey will have the Chiropractic Association draft a memo and have them refer all questions to the website.  The Bureau noted that continuing education audits would be done randomly to check compliance.  The board can decide what percentage of licensee’s are audited each year.  Mr. Hetrick explained that each licensee that is audited is flagged in our database.  Those licensee’s audited will receive a renewal notice that states they have been audited and need to send in verification of compliance of continuing education.  These verifications are screened and held for the boards review.  The license will be printed for the licensee if they submit the required information.  Mr. Hales noted that if a licensee signs the affidavit stating they have met the required continuing education hours, and it is later discovered they did not meet the required continuing education hours, the Board could take disciplinary action.  The board discussed sending a form along with all renewal forms asking the licensee to list the name and date of continuing education courses that licensee attended in the previous 12 months.  The Bureau noted that the board would than have to review every renewal form that came in.  This would be an expense for the board, and documentation would have to be maintained.  The Bureau explained that most boards use only the affidavit on the renewal form, and then the board audits a percentage of licensees to ensure that compliance is being maintained.  The Bureau does have two boards that require a 100% audit, and one board that asks for a list of the courses attended, but does not ask for proof of attendance unless audited.  The board would like to have something more than just the affidavit that the licensee signs, to monitor the courses taken do pertain to Acupuncture.   Mr. Hetrick noted that the bureau has a renewal form for those who are being audited for continuing education and a separate form for the licensee to list all continuing education courses taken for the previous 12 months.  Mr. Hetrick noted he would put the different renewal forms that the Bureau uses on the website for the board to look at, and e-mail the website address to each board member.    The board decided to look over these different renewal forms and discuss this topic further at the next board meeting.  Mr. Hetrick noted that there are currently 125 active licensees.  If the board were to audit 100%, the board would have to review approximately 10-15 continuing education verifications each month.  

The Board discussed the open book Jurisprudence Exam.  It was discussed adding a continuing education question to the exam.  The board noted that most applicants seem to miss question #8.  

Motion was made by Ms. Yocum to delete question #8 on the jurisprudence exam and replace with a continuing education question.  Seconded by Mr. Downey, carried.  Mr. Hetrick will prepare this question for the jurisprudence exam. 

Motion was made by Ms. Kuty to go into executive session to discuss documents exempt from public disclosure.  Seconded by Ms. Yocum, carried.  

Discussion was made regarding the FAOMRA membership.  Ms. Kuty will attend the November FAOMRA meeting.  Motion was made by Mr. Downey to send two members of the board to the November FAOMRA meeting and authorize the payment of expenses and dues for FAOMRA.  Seconded by Ms. Yocum, carried.  

Next board meeting was set for October 24, 2003 at 9:30 a.m. 

Motion was made by Ms. Yocum to adjourn.  Seconded by Ms. Kuty, carried. 

The following applications were approved for licensure: 

Frederik Widmer

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