IBOL COMPLAINT MEMORANDUM

 

 

            DATE:            January 27, 2010

 

            TO:                  Idaho Board of Chiropractic Physicians

 

            SUBJECT:      Investigative Report

 

 

Fiscal Year 2010 (to date)

            Total Complaints received                                                                                               13

                        (Including 3 CE audit files.)

            Status:

                        Closed following disciplinary action                                                        1

                        Pending Office of the Attorney General                                                  1

                        Pending IBOL disciplinary action                                                             3

                        Remaining under investigation                                                                  7

                        Awaiting Board determination                                                                   1

 

Fiscal Year 2009

            Total Complaints received                                                                                               10

            Status:

                        Closed by Board action                                                                              1

                        Closed following disciplinary action                                                        1

                        Pending Office of the Attorney General                                                  6

                        Remaining under investigation                                                                  2

 

Fiscal Year 2008

            Total Complaints received                                                                                               14

            Status:

                        Closed by Board action                                                                              6

                        Closed following disciplinary action                                                        5

                        Pending Office of the Attorney General                                                  2

                        Remaining under investigation                                                                  1

 

Fiscal Year 2007

            Total Complaints received                                                                                               25

                        (Including 3 CE audit files.)

            Status:

                        Closed by Board action                                                                            20

                        Closed following disciplinary action                                                        4

                        Pending Office of the Attorney General                                                  1

 

Fiscal Year 2006

            Total Complaints received                                                                                               11

            Status:

                        Closed by Board action                                                                              9

                        Closed following disciplinary action                                                        1

                        Pending Office of the Attorney General                                                  1

 

For Board Determination:

 

I-CHI-2010-11  C alleged that R is practicing outside the scope of licensure by advertising "physiotherapy before manipulation."  IBOL notes that the Physical Therapy Practice Act, at I.C. 54-2217(2), limits the advertising of the word "physiotherapist" to licensed physical therapists.  However, the Chiropractic Practice Act defines chiropractic practice and procedures to include "the treatment of the human body by the application of . . . physiotherapeutic or clinical nutritional methods . . . ."  I.C. 54-704(1).  IBOL would appreciate guidance from the Board regarding whether R's use of the words "physiotherapy before manipulation" in advertising constitutes a violation of the Board's advertising rules and, if not, IBOL recommends the Board authorize closure.