IBOL COMPLAINT MEMORANDUM

 

 

            DATE:            July 14, 2010

 

            TO:                  Idaho Board of Chiropractic Physicians

 

            SUBJECT:      Investigative Report

 

 

Fiscal Year 2010

            Total Complaints received                                                                                               30

                        (Including 5 CE audit files.)

            Status:

                        Closed by Board action                                                                              3

                        Closed following disciplinary action                                                        3

                        Pending Office of the Attorney General                                                  3

                        Pending IBOL disciplinary action                                                             2

                        Remaining under investigation                                                                18

                        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                                                                  1

                        Awaiting Board determination                                                                   1

 

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-2009-4  C alleged R incorrectly billed C.  Investigation revealed that there were a few small billing discrepancies in C’s account that were caused by R’s previous bookkeeper.  R’s current bookkeeper has corrected the mistakes, and C informed the investigator that she is satisfied and there are no further billing issues. C also stated that she continues to see R for treatment and believes that R had no knowledge of the issue or that he intentionally submitted fraudulent bills. IBOL recommends that the Board authorize closure.

 

I-CHI-2010-26  C alleged R, a naturopath, was advertising as a CHI without being a licensed CHI.  C provided copies of advertising for R’s clinic under “Chiropractic Physicians” in the local telephone directory and an advertisement that stated that the clinic provides chiropractic services.  On 5/12/10 IBOL sent R a letter advising R that offering to practice chiropractic or advertising chiropractic without a license is a misdemeanor.  In response to the letter, R stated that at the time the phone book ad was placed a licensed CHI was working full time at the clinic, but the CHI has since left the clinic.  R stated that the clinic is currently in negotiations with another CHI to work at the clinic.  IBOL recommends that the Board authorize closure with a cease and desist letter to R regarding any further advertising of chiropractic until R has employed a licensed CHI at the clinic, and advising R that any further reports of such advertising will be referred to the local prosecuting attorney.