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

Minutes of October 8, 2004


ROLL CALL:    Therese Hahn, Chair

                        John Downey, Board Member

                        Jean Kuty, Board Member

                        Rosemary Yocum, Board Member

                        Donessa Horsewood, Board Member


BUREAU PRESENT:   Rayola Jacobsen, Bureau Chief

                                     Sandee Hitesman, Office Specialist II


OTHERS PRESENT:  Representative Bill Sali

                                     Applicant, Richard Powell


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

Motion was made by Ms. Yocum to approve the meeting minutes from June 17, 2004 as amended.  Seconded by Ms. Kuty, carried. 

The board welcomed new board member Donessa Horsewood.  

Ms. Jacobsen gave the legislative report.  Proposed rule changes for Idaho Acupuncture rule 305 and 575 were submitted to the legislature.  The board has not received any objections thus far.

Ms. Jacobsen gave the financial report.  As of 8/31/2004 the board had $26,961.56 left in appropriation with a cash balance of $51,515.85.  Ms. Jacobsen noted that the board will use a higher percentage of their budget in the first quarter due to the Bureau’s rent and the Attorney General’s bill being due at that time. 

Ms. Jacobsen gave the investigative report.  The board has had one complaint so far this fiscal year.  This complaint is currently under investigation.  The board had three complaints for fiscal year 2004.  One of those complaints is currently under investigation, and the other two have been closed without action.  Ms. Jacobsen explained the complaint and investigative process to the board.  There is a new link on the board’s website with board disciplinary action. 

Chair, Therese Hahn, asked that the agenda be rearranged to allow Mr. Powell to address the board first. 

Richard Powell is applying for licensure as an Acupuncturist.  As there was not on-campus schooling available in his area, and he was unable to leave his job to attend school, Mr. Powell received his Acupuncture training from an on-line course given by the Alternative Medicine College of Canada.  Mr. Powell noted that he had done his residency with Scott Freeborn, a Naturopath Physician, and Craig Manning, a Chiropractic Physician and Certified Acupuncturist.  Mr. Powell also completed the Acupuncture course with the International Academy of Medical Acupuncture.  The International Academy of Medical Acupuncture did not award Mr. Powell a fellowship, as he could not verify his doctorate degree.  Mr. Powell noted that he did complete the 5-hour examination given by the International Academy of Medical Acupuncture.  Mr. Powell  said he is currently practicing as a Naturopathic Physician in Twin Falls, ID. 

The board denied Mr. Powell’s request for licensure or certification in Acupuncture based on the fact that his education was done on-line and not by an accredited school, and he did not have fellowship with the International Academy of Medical Acupuncture.

A break was called at 10:40 by chair, Therese Hahn.

Meeting was called back to order at 10:50 by chair, Therese Hahn.

Representative Sali addressed the board.  Representative Sali offered to take a proposed law change to Idaho Statute 54-4707 to the legislature for the board.  The board proposed a law change to Idaho Statute 54-4707 to strike “(1)  Has successfully completed the requirements for full membership in the American academy of medical acupuncture, fellowship in the international academy of medical acupuncture, inc.,” and add “Has successfully completed an  intensive, accelerated 100 hour resident on-site didactic program approved by the board, specifically structured for physicians along with 200 hours direct clinical application.  In addition, 25 written case studies are required.  The applicant must pass a comprehensive examination covering the academics, theories, clinical applications; diagnostic factor in addition to clean needle and OSHA procedure and requirements.  This program must be over one academic year at 400 hours.”

The second issue the board would also like to add to Idaho Statute is instructor qualifications.  An instructor should be certified with NCCAOM and have practiced Acupuncture for a minimum of 5 years.

The third issue the board would like to add to the Idaho Statute is that anyone applying for certification must have a minimal level of competency, which would include knowledge in general health care or medical practice.

The board directed the Bureau to write up the language for approval at the boards next conference call meeting, and have Representative Sali run this proposed legislation through this years legislative session. 

Board broke for lunch at 12:05.

Meeting called back to order at 1:25 by chair, Therese Hahn.

The board discussed an Acupuncture Certification program submitted by Dr. Lawrence Hicks.  It was noted that the program contained hours on subjects not specific to the practice of Acupuncture, and that the program did not contain sufficient material in the subjects of point selection, needle technique and acupuncture case management.  The board noted that the board’s parameters regarding qualifications for an instructor were:

The instructor must be certified with NCCAOM.

The instructor must have been practicing Acupuncture for a minimum of five years.

The board asked that Roger Hales draft a letter to Dr. Hicks stating that he does not meet the minimal criteria for an instructor as stated above.  Zone therapy, Reflexology, Physiotherapy, and Iridoly are not specific to the practice of Acupuncture.  Although the board understands that there is a difference between traditional Chinese medicine and the practice of medical acupuncture, the board still requires a faculty member to meet a threshold level of teaching competence.  A guideline of teaching competence could be found in the Accreditation Commission of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.  The board would like to review this letter before it is sent out.

Motion was made by Ms. Yocum to go into executive session to discuss application records exempt from disclosure as provided in chapter 3, title 9, Idaho Code.  Seconded by Ms. Horsewood, carried.

Motion made to come out of executive session by Ms. Yocum.  Seconded by Ms. Horsewood, carried.

The board reviewed continuing education submitted for approval.  The board asked that the Bureau maintain a list of approved courses.  The board approved the continuing education course entitled “Acupuncture Orthopedics” being given by Dr. John Amaro on November 20-21, 2004 in Philadelphia offering a total of 15 continuing education hours.

The board denied the continuing education request for approval from the Idaho Association of Chiropractic Physicians entitled “The Patient with Neck and Arm Pain:  Evaluation and Management.”  This seminar was not accepted by NCCAOM or germane to the practice of acupuncture.

The board denied the continuing education request submitted by Dr. Kranz entitled “Disc Management and Diagnosis” being sponsored by Western States Chiropractic College for 12 continuing education hours.  This seminar was not accepted by NCCAOM or germane to the practice of acupuncture.

An applicant submitted a request for additional time to meet the continuing education requirement for this renewal period.  The board denied this request based on the fact that Idaho law and rule does not allow the board to grant extensions or waivers at this time.

The board reviewed the contract between the State of Idaho Bureau of Occupational Licenses and the State Board of Acupuncture. 

Motion was made by Ms. Kuty to approve the contract between the State Board of Acupuncture and the State of Idaho Bureau of Occupational Licenses, and approve the chair signing the contract on the board’s behalf.  Seconded by Ms. Horsewood, carried.

Ms. Jacobsen presented the annual budget form to the board to complete should they feel that extra appropriation would need to be budgeted for the next fiscal year.

The next board meeting was scheduled as a conference call meeting to review proposed legislation on Oct. 28, 2004 @ 9:00 a.m. 

The board meetings for fiscal year 2005 were scheduled for February 11, 2005 @ 8:30 a.m., and June 17, 2005 @ 8:30 a.m.

Motion was made by Ms. Horsewood to adjourn at 3:35 p.m.  Seconded by Ms. Yocum, carried.


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