Idaho State Board of Acupuncture

Bureau of Occupational Licenses

1109 Main Street, Suite 220

Boise, Idaho 83702-5642

 

Minutes of October 12, 2007

 

 

ROLL CALL:              John Downey, Chair

                                    Charles Raymond, Board Member

                                    Rho Zaragoza, Board Member – by phone

                                    Naomi J Brownson, Board Member

                                    Donessa Horsewood, Board Member - absent

 

BUREAU PRESENT: Budd Hetrick, Deputy Attorney General

Roger Hales, Administrative Attorney

                                    Marilyn London, Technical Records Specialist I

 

Meeting was called to order at 10:00 a.m.

 

MINUTES

 

The Board reviewed the July 20, 2007 board meeting minutes and September 6, 2007 conference call minutes.  Moved by Mr. Raymond to approve both sets of minutes.  Seconded by Ms. Brownson, motion carried.

 

Mr. Hetrick reported that the Bureau has 2 new investigators which brings a total of 11 investigators on staff.

 

FINANCIAL REPORT

 

Mr. Hetrick presented the financial report which indicates a balance of $95,282.24 as of August 31, 2007.  Details of the report can be viewed on the bureau’s web site.

 

INVESTIGATIVE REPORT

 

Mr. Hetrick presented the investigative report:

 

Fiscal Year 2008:  To date, no complaints have been received.

 

Fiscal Year 2007:  Three (3) complaints were received. Of those, one (1) was closed subsequent to disciplinary action; one (1) is under investigation; and one (1) awaits Board determination.

 

Fiscal Year 2006:  One (1) complaint was received.  That matter was closed subsequent to Board determination.

 

Fiscal Year 2005:  Three (3) complaints were received.  Of those, one (1) was referred for legal review; and one (1) remains under investigation; and one (1) awaits Board determination.

 

For Board Determination:

 

The Board reviewed complaint case ACU-L1D-1-2007-3.  Moved by Mr. Raymond that the Board accept the Bureau’s recommendation to authorize closure with an advisory letter regarding timely renewal.  Seconded by Ms. Brownson, motion carried.

 

Mr. Hales presented case ACU-P1-1-2005-2 that included information on details that were unclear from the previous board meeting.  Moved by Mr. Raymond that the Board accept the Bureau’s recommendation to authorize closure due to lack of jurisdiction.  Seconded by Ms. Brownson, motion carried.

 

BUREAU/BOARD RENEWAL CONTRACT

 

Mr. Hetrick presented the Fiscal Year 2008 Bureau/Board Renewal Contract.  Moved by Mr. Raymond that the Board accept the contract and authorize the Chair to sign on behalf of the Board.  Seconded by Ms. Brownson, motion carried.

 

AGENDA

 

Dr. Downey requested to amend the agenda and add discussion of the Naturopathic Proposed Rules.

 

The Board reviewed the Naturopathic Board’s proposed rules and addressed concerns with the part of the scope of practice that includes Meridian Therapy.  It is the Board’s opinion that Meridian Therapy is the practice of Acupuncture.  Moved by Mr. Raymond that the Board draft a letter to the Naturopathic Board requesting that the Meridian Therapy be stricken from their proposed rules.  Seconded by Ms. Brownson, motion carried.

 

CASE STUDIES

 

The Board reviewed a sample copy of a Case Study from John Amaro’s web site to perhaps use for an example for Technician Applicants who must complete 25 Case Studies to meet the Certification requirements.

 

The Board will review and discuss the Technician requirements for a possible rule change at the spring meeting.

 

CORRESPONDENCE

 

The Board reviewed a letter from a licensee that experienced problems with the on-line renewal and did not renew their license by the expiration date.  The license was cancelled and the law requires a $250.00 reinstatement fee plus providing copies of continuing education documentation.  Moved by Mr. Raymond that the Board send a letter explaining that the $250.00 reinstatement fee requirement is in the Rules and the Board has no discretion to waive the fee, but that the Board will review this issue at a future meeting for consideration of lowering the fee.  Seconded by Ms. Brownson, motion carried.

 

OLD BUSINESS

 

The Board discussed the request from the College of Naturopathic Medicine & Surgery to accept their program to meet the requirements for a Certification or Technician applicant.  Moved by Mr. Raymond that the Board send a letter to the College requesting additional information on the specific instructor qualifications for teaching acupuncturists before considering their request for approval.  Seconded by Ms. Brownson.  Mr. Zaragoza abstained, motion carried.

 

EXECUTIVE SESSION

 

Moved by Mr. Raymond that the Board enter executive session to review applications and audited continuing education exempt from public disclosure, per Idaho Code 67-2345-(1)(d).  Seconded by Ms. Brownson, motion carried.

 

Moved by Mr. Raymond that the Board enter regular session.  Seconded by Ms. Brownson, motion carried.

 

APPLICATIONS

 

Moved by Mr. Raymond that the Board approve and issue licenses for Mika Tsongas, Janet Parks, Sean Peachey and Maria Morris and certification for William Mihin.  Seconded by Ms. Brownson, motion carried.

 

Three technician applications will be considered upon receipt of additional information.

 

NEXT BOARD MEETING

 

Moved by Mr. Raymond to schedule the next board meeting for January 11, 2008 at 10:00 a.m. at the Bureau of Occupational Licenses.  Seconded by Ms. Brownson, motion carried.

 

Moved by Mr. Raymond to adjourn the board meeting at 1:25 p.m.  Seconded by Ms. Brownson, motion carried.