IDAHO BOARD OF ACUPUNCTURE

Bureau of Occupational Licenses

1109 Main Street, Suite 220

Boise, ID 83702-5642 

 

Board Meeting Minutes of 4/18/2008

 

 

 

BOARD MEMBERS PRESENT:  John Downey - Chair

                                                             Rho Zaragoza

                                                             Naomi Lynn  Brownson

                                                             Charles W Raymond

                                                           

 

 

BOARD MEMBERS ABSENT:    Donessa L Horsewood

                                                           

 

BUREAU STAFF:                           Tana Cory, Bureau Chief

                                                            Budd Hetrick, Deputy Bureau Chief

                                                            Roger Hales, Administrative Attorney

                                                            Dawn Hall, Deputy Bureau Chief

                                                            Cherie Simpson, Management Assistant

                                                            Dave Hotchkiss, Hearing/Appeals Technician

                                                            Marilyn London, Technical Records Specialist I

 

                       

Meeting was called to order at 10:00 AM MST by John Downey.

 

 

APPROVAL OF MINUTES

 

The Board reviewed the January 11, 2008 Board meeting minutes. Moved by Mr. Raymond to approve the January 11, 2008 minutes. Seconded by Ms. Brownson, motion carried.

 

LEGISLATIVE REPORT

 

Ms. Hall reported that the Board’s proposed rules passed and are now in effect.

 

FINANCIAL REPORT

 

Ms. Hall presented the financial report which indicates a balance of $99,760.40 as of March 31, 2008.  Mr. Hetrick said the Bureau will monitor the Board’s financial status and may possibly recommend a reduction in fees.

 

INVESTIGATIVE REPORT

 

Mr. Hotchkiss presented the investigative report:

 

Fiscal Year 2008:  To date, two (2) complaints have been received. Of those, one (1)  was closed by Board action; and one (1) remains under investigation.

 

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

 

Fiscal Year 2005:  Three (3) complaints were received.  Of those, one (1) was closed by Board action; and two (2) are pending legal review by the Office of the Attorney General.

 

OLD BUSINESS

 

The Board discussed the College of Naturopathic Medicine and Surgery. A letter was sent to the Idaho State Board of Education requesting information on the accreditation of the College of Naturopathic Medicine and Surgery. A response was received stating that the College is not accredited by the State Board of Education. As a non-accredited, non-degree granting institution, the College of Naturopathic Medicine and Surgery is registered as a Proprietary School with the Division of Professional Technical Education. The Board now has a new rule which changes the requirements for certification. Moved by Mr. Raymond that the Board write the College of Naturopathic Medicine and Surgery a letter informing them of the new certification rules and requesting clarification of its program. The Board is asking if the College of Naturopathic Medicine and Surgery’s course is designed to fulfill the 100 hours of didactic coursework required for certification and for technician certificate under Rules 200.02(d) and 200.03(b). Seconded by Mr. Zaragoza, motion carried.

 

EXECUTIVE SESSION

 

Moved by Mr. Raymond that the Board enter executive session to discuss a legal matter not subject to public disclosure per Idaho Code 67-2345(1)(f). Seconded by Ms. Brownson, motion carried. Individual vote for this motion were: Mr. Raymond, aye; Mr. Zaragoza, aye; and Ms. Brownson, aye.

 

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

 

The Bureau investigated the possibility of a two-step reinstatement plan as directed by the Board.  Mr. Hetrick said that this would be a costly endeavor as the Bureau license system is not set up for this type of reinstatement for licenses. After discussion the Board decided to keep the $250.00 reinstatement fee as a disincentive for late renewals.

 

TECHNICIAN RULES

 

Mr. Raymond reported that there are no other states with a technician status, only detoxification technician.  The technician rules committee met and is still working on rules. Mr. Hales informed the Board that the Bureau will need the draft rules by June or July if they intend it to proceed with a rule change this year. The Board will probably schedule a conference call the first part of June to discuss and review draft rules.

 

NEW BUSINESS

 

The Board reviewed a letter from an individual seeking information on obtaining education in acupuncture. The Board indicated they do not have the authority to recommend one school over another. Moved by Mr. Raymond to direct the Bureau to write a letter to the individual directing them to the Idaho laws and rules and to the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine website that lists all the acupuncture approved schools. Seconded by Ms. Brownson, motion carried.

 

EXECUTIVE SESSION

 

Moved by Mr. Raymond that the Board enter executive session to review applications and continuing education audits per Idaho Code 67-2345(1)(d). Seconded by Ms. Brownson, motion carried. Individual votes were: Mr. Raymond, aye; Mr. Zaragoza, aye; and Ms. Brownson, aye.

 

Moved by Mr. Raymond that the Board enter regular session. Seconded by Ms. Brownson, motion carried. Individual votes were: Mr. Raymond, aye; Mr. Zaragoza, aye; and Ms. Brownson, aye.

 

APPLICANTS

 

Moved by Mr. Raymond to approve the application for Paige Wimmer for licensure pending receipt of the original NCCAOM certificate, transcript, and out of state verification of licensure form. Seconded by Ms. Brownson, motion carried.

 

Moved by Mr. Raymond to write a letter to Angela Goodwin and request information on supervision plans for the technician status. Seconded by Ms. Brownson, motion carried.

 

NEXT BOARD MEETING

 

Moved by Mr. Raymond that the next Board meeting be scheduled for August 8, 2008 at 10:00 a.m. M.S.T. Seconded by Brownson, motion carried.

           

ADJOURNMENT

 

Moved by Mr. Raymond that the meeting adjourns at 1:10 p.m. M.S.T. Seconded by Ms. Brownson, motion carried.