Idaho State Board of Acupuncture

Bureau of Occupational Licenses

                      1109 Main Street, Suite 220

                         Boise, Idaho 83702-5642

                      (208) 334-3233


                    Minutes of March 10, 2006 



ROLL CALL:              Rosemary Yocum, Board Member

                                    John Downey, Board Member

                                    Donessa Horsewood, Board Member


BUREAU PRESENT:  Rayola Jacobsen, Bureau Chief

                                     Budd Hetrick, Deputy Bureau Chief

                                     Bill Shafer, Deputy Bureau Chief

                                    Cherie Simpson, Management Assistant

                                     Roger Hales, Administrative Attorney

                                     Marilyn London, Technical Records Specialist I




Moved by Dr. Downey to appoint Rosemary Yocum as the new Board Chair.  Seconded by Ms. Horsewood, motion carried.




The Board reviewed the October 14, 2005 minutes.  Moved by Ms. Horsewood to approve the October 14, 2005 minutes.  Seconded by Dr. Downey, motion carried.




Mr. Schaefer presented the financial report, which indicates a cash balance of $67,160.05.  The Board discussed possibly lowering the application and renewal fees.  The Bureau will research this and bring back a comparison report for the next meeting.  A rule change will be required in order to lower the fees.




The Board discussed the wall certificates and if titles or degrees should be included on the certificates.  Moved by Ms. Horsewood that only names of the licensees should be put on the wall certificates.  Seconded by Dr. Downey, motion carried.


The Board reviewed and discussed information on a Spectra Vision Brochure and if this is within the scope of practice for acupuncturists.  This is a method of diagnosing and the Board indicated with proper training the acupuncturist would be able to use it in their practice.  




The Board reviewed a letter from Dr. Lawrence Hicks requesting the Board approve an increase of 3 hours for each continuing education course to 15 hours.  The Board approved 3 courses for 12 hours each at a previous board meeting.  Moved by Dr. Downey that the Bureau write Dr. Hicks requesting additional information for the Board to review at their next board meeting.  Seconded by Ms. Horsewood, motion carried.


The Board reviewed a continuing education course from the Chiropractic Association of Chiropractors requesting approval for continuing education.  Moved by Dr. Downey to approve 14 1/2 hours based upon the syllabus presented.  Seconded by Ms. Horsewood, motion carried.




Mr. Hales presented the investigative report indicating that no complaints have been received for fiscal year 2006.  Four were received for fiscal year 2005 and are under investigation.




Mr. Hales reported on HOUSE BILL NO. 563, which was pulled because of a conflict with the advanced practice professional nurse practitioner language.  Mr. Hales will prepare language deleting reference to nurse practitioners and present the changes at the next meeting. 




Mr. Hales reported on the use of Doctor Titles.  He explained that this is a protected title.  The Law protects the term and the term cannot be used unless there is a doctor degree.  Acupuncturists are not allowed to use the title of doctor.


Mr. Hales suggested that the Board pursue adding language in the law to give authority to discipline acupuncturists when there has been a violation of the laws or rules by an acupuncturist. 


The Board took a 5-minute recess.




The Board reviewed a letter from an acupuncturist that is requesting the Board to consider a two-year renewal period.  The Board directed the Bureau to respond to this request with information that the Board is considering lowering the renewal fee in the near future, but cannot change the renewal 1 year period.




The Board scheduled the next board meeting for June 23, 2006.




Moved by Ms. Horsewood to adjourn the meeting at 11:55 a.m.  Seconded by Dr. Downey, motion carried.