Idaho State Board of Acupuncture

Bureau of Occupational Licenses

1109 Main Street, Suite 220

Boise, Idaho 83702-5642

 

Minutes of January 11, 2008

 

 

ROLL CALL:              John Downey, Chair

                                    Charles Raymond, Board Member

                                    Rho Zaragoza, Board Member – by phone

                                    Naomi J Brownson, Board Member

                                    Donessa Horsewood, Board Member

 

BUREAU PRESENT: Tana Cory, Bureau Chief

Roger Hales, Administrative Attorney

Dave Hotchkiss, Appeals Hearing Technician

                                    Marilyn London, Technical Records Specialist I

 

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

 

MINUTES

 

The Board reviewed the October 12, 2007 board meeting minutes and the November 30, 2007 conference call minutes.  Moved by Mr. Raymond to approve both sets of minutes. Seconded by Mr. Zaragoza, motion carried.

 

Ms. Cory reported that she had just arrived from the House Health and Welfare Legislative Sub-Committee meeting where the Acupuncture Rules were approved.  They will now go before the full committee for approval.

 

FINANCIAL REPORT

 

Ms. Cory presented the financial report which indicates a balance of $99,453.86 as of December 31, 2007.  The Board is in good shape financially.

 

INVESTIGATIVE REPORT

 

Mr. Hotchkiss presented the investigative report:

 

Fiscal Year 2008:  To date, two (2) complaints have been received. Of those, one (1) remains under investigation, and one (1) awaits Board determination.

 

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

 

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 closed subsequent to Board determination; one (1) was referred for legal review; and one (1) remains under investigation.

 

For Board Determination:

 

The Board reviewed complaint case I-ACU-2008-2. Moved by Mr. Raymond to accept the Bureau’s recommendation and authorize closure.  Seconded by Mr. Zaragoza, motion carried.

 

The Board reviewed continuing education audits.

 

EXECUTIVE SESSION

 

Moved by Mr. Raymond that the Board enter executive session to review an application exempt from public disclosure, per Idaho Code 67-2345(1)(d). Seconded by Ms. Horsewood, motion carried. Individual vote for this motion were: Mr. Raymond aye, Mr. Zaragoza aye, Ms. Brownson aye and Ms. Horsewood aye.

 

Moved by Mr. Raymond that the Board enter regular session.  Seconded by Ms. Horsewood, motion carried. Individual vote for this motion were: Mr. Raymond aye, Mr. Zaragoza aye, Ms. Brownson aye and Ms. Horsewood aye.

 

Moved by Mr. Raymond that the Board approve the certification application for Stephen Herbst.  Seconded by Ms. Brownson, motion carried.

 

Mr. Raymond moved to enter executive session to review an application exempt from public disclosure, per Idaho Code 67-2345(1)(d). Seconded by Ms. Brownson, motion carried. Individual vote for this motion were: Mr. Raymond aye, Mr. Zaragoza aye, Ms. Brownson aye and Ms. Horsewood aye.

 

Ms. Brownson moved to enter regular session. Seconded by Mr. Zaragoza, motion carried. Individual vote for this motion were: Mr. Raymond aye, Mr. Zaragoza aye, Ms. Brownson aye and Ms. Horsewood aye.

 

Ms. Brownson moved that the Bureau send a letter to Angela Goodwin requesting details on her acupuncture course work.  Seconded by Mr. Raymond, motion carried.

 

INTER-PROFESSIONAL STANDARDS

 

The Board reviewed a document that was sent to the Board discussing information on Inter-Professional Standards for Acupuncture for Medical Professionals.  It was the consensus of the Board that they would like the rules to require everyone to take the NCCAOM exam prior to licensure or certification.  Reaching this goal would be a large task getting to the point where a law would be approved by the legislature and would require the Acupuncture Association’s involvement.

 

REINSTATEMENT FEE

 

The Board discussed the reinstatement fee requirement of $250.00 that is in the law and whether or not the amount should be lowered.  Moved by Mr. Zaragoza that the Board change to a $100.00 reinstatement fee if a license has been cancelled for up to three (3) months and a $250.00 fee if the license is cancelled over three (3) months.  There was no second and motion died. Moved by Mr. Raymond that the Board direct the Bureau to research the reinstatement issue and provide information about the cost associated with a two-step reinstatement process.  Seconded by Ms. Brownson, motion carried.

 

TECHNICIAN RULES

 

The Board discussed the technician rules and supervision requirements.  Moved by Ms. Brownson that the Board appoint a committee to review and research the technician rules.  Seconded by Mr. Raymond, motion carried. Moved by Ms. Horsewood that the Board appoint Mr. Raymond and Ms. Brownson to the committee to meet with the Acupuncture Association to research and make recommendations for the technician rules and bring a report to the next Board meeting.  Seconded by Mr. Zaragoza, motion carried.

 

The Board discussed the College of Naturopathic Medicine and Surgery’s Program that was discussed from the previous board meeting.  Moved by Mr. Raymond that the Board direct the Bureau to write the State Board of Education to find out if the College of Naturopathic Medicine and Surgery is accredited through them.  Seconded by Ms. Brownson, motion carried.

 

Moved by Mr. Raymond to defer further consideration of the College of Naturopathic Medicine and Surgery’s Program until the Board receives a response to the letter sent October 23, 2007 to the College of Naturopathic Medicine and Surgery and a response from the State Board of Education pursuant to its letter. Seconded by Ms. Brownson, motion carried.

 

The Board scheduled their next meeting for April 18, 2008 at 10:00 a.m. at the Bureau of Occupational Licenses.

 

Moved by Ms. Brownson that the Board meeting adjourn at 12:10 p.m. Seconded by Ms. Brownson, motion carried.