IBOL COMPLAINT MEMORANDUM

 

 

††††††††††† DATE:††††††††††† January 25, 2011

 

††††††††††† TO:††††††††††††††††† Idaho Board of Chiropractic Physicians

 

††††††††††† SUBJECT:††††† Investigative Report

 

 

Fiscal Year 2011 (to date)

††††††††††† Total Complaints received†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 6

††††††††††† Status:

††††††††††††††††††††††† Remaining under investigation††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 6

 

Fiscal Year 2010

††††††††††† Total Complaints received†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 30

††††††††††††††††††††††† (Including 5 CE audit files.)

††††††††††† Status:

††††††††††††††††††††††† Closed by Board action††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 7

††††††††††††††††††††††† Closed following disciplinary action††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 5

††††††††††††††††††††††† Pending Legal Review††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 4

††††††††††††††††††††††† Remaining under investigation††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 11

††††††††††††††††††††††† Awaiting Board determination†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 3

 

Fiscal Year 2009

††††††††††† Total Complaints received†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 10

††††††††††† Status:

††††††††††††††††††††††† Closed by Board action††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 2

††††††††††††††††††††††† Closed following disciplinary action††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 1

††††††††††††††††††††††† Pending Legal Review††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 7

 

Fiscal Year 2008

††††††††††† Total Complaints received†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 14

††††††††††† Status:

††††††††††††††††††††††† Closed by Board action††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 6

††††††††††††††††††††††† Closed following disciplinary action††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 5

††††††††††††††††††††††† Pending Legal Review††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 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 Legal Review††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 1

 

Fiscal Year 2006

††††††††††† Total Complaints received†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 11

††††††††††† Status:

††††††††††††††††††††††† Closed by Board action††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 9

††††††††††††††††††††††† Closed following disciplinary action††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 1

††††††††††††††††††††††† Pending Legal Review††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 1

 

For Board Determination:

 

I-CHI-2010-1C alleged R is allowing an assistant to hold himself out as a physical therapist without being a licensed physical therapist.In particular, C stated that he called Rís office and asked if he could get ďphysical therapy.ĒC was alleged told that he could, and when asked who the therapist was, C was given the name of Rís assistant and told that he works under R.C was also informed by two patients that they had received ďphysical therapyĒ at Rís office.According to Rís attorney, neither R nor Rís assistant represent themselves to be licensed physical therapists.It is the recommendation of IBOL that the Board authorize closure with an advisory letter to R that R and any assistants are exempt from the Physical Therapy Licensure Act so long as they do not hold themselves out as physical therapists or as persons engaged in the practice of physical therapy.

 

I-CHI-2010-22C alleged R failed to properly submit charges to Rís insurance company and that R failed to properly sanitize pads on the electro muscle stimulation machine.R provided the investigator with documentation showing that all charges were submitted to Cís insurance.As to the EMS machine, R stated that whenever pads are used on a patient, the pads are sprayed with sanitizer but it is usually done when the patient is lying face down so C was probably unaware that it was done.The pro reviewer found that the investigation did not reveal any evidence to support the allegations; therefore, IBOL recommends that the Board authorize closure.

 

I-CHI-2010-28The Idaho Board of Veterinary Medicine (IBVM) alleged that R was providing treatment on animals without required veterinarian supervision.R informed the investigator that she does not advertise treatment of animals and gets referrals from veterinarians.R stated that since receiving a letter from IBVM, R has done a much better job of documenting the referrals and conversations she has with referring vets.R stated that she was not aware of the seriousness of keeping records of the referring vet in her records, and that she has done a much better job of recordkeeping since receiving the IBVM letter.R stated that it was never her intent to practice outside her scope of practice or violate IBVMís laws, and R now believes that she is compliant with the laws.Based on Rís response, IBOL recommends that the Board authorize closure.