Idaho State Board of Hearing Aid Dealers and Fitters
Roll Call: Kathleen Wachtler, Chairman
William S, Cooper, Ph.D.
Bureau Staff: Rayola Jacobsen, Bureau Chief
Budd Hetrick, Deputy Bureau Chief
Roger Hales, Administrative Attorney
Janice Wiedrick, Office Specialist II
Bureau of Occupational Licenses
Also Present: Randell Brown, President, Idaho Hearing Society
Chairman Wachtler called the meeting to order at 1:00p.m.
Mr. Rademacher moved to approve the minutes of May 13, 2004 as read. Dr. Cooper seconded the motion, and it carried.
Ms. Jacobsen announced the proposed law and rule changes are on the internet and have been submitted to the committees with no objections to date. If passed the rules will become effective when the Legislature adjourns, and the law changes will be effective July 1, 2005.
Mr. Hetrick presented the financial report showing a negative balance of $21,985.72. The proposed fee increase is expected to reduce some of the deficit.
Investigative report for 2005 – four complaints have been filed and one has been closed.
For 2004 –three reports remain open for investigation and three are waiting on Board’s determination. For 2003 – one has been referred for disciplinary action. For 2002 – one is waiting for Board determination.
HAD- P5B -4 -02-4 Mr. Rademacher moved to accept the Bureau Recommendation. Ms. Olenick seconded the motion, and it carried.
HAD- P3C- 4- 04-2 Ms. Olenick moved to authorize the Bureau to close the complaint. Dr. Cooper seconded the motion, and it carried.
HAD- P3B- 4- 04-3 Mr. Rademacher moved to authorize the Bureau to close the complaint. Ms. Olenick seconded the motion, and it carried.
HAD- L2A-1- 04- 17 Dr. Cooper moved to accept the Bureau closure. Mr. Rademacher seconded the motion, and it carried.
HAD- P3B-1-05-1 Ms. Olenick moved to accept the Bureau closure. Mr. Rademacher seconded the motion and, it carried.
HADA – 6-17-04-JKB- presented evidence of being registered with International Hearing Society and other states as equivalency for the licensure examination.
Mr. Rademacher moved to go into executive session for discussion of application records that are exempt from disclosure as provided in Chapter 3, Title 9, Idaho Code. Ms Olenick seconded the motion and, it carried.
Mr. Rademacher moved to come out of executive session. Ms. Olenick seconded the motion and, it carried.
Ms. Olenick moved that Mr. Hales contact the applicant to explain that, based upon Idaho not having reciprocity with Utah, and the requirement for the ILE, the applicant is required to pass all portions of the examination for licensure in Idaho. Mr. Rademacher seconded the motion, and it carried.
The Board discussed possible reciprocal contracts or a law change providing for endorsement. Mr. Hales will research the options.
The Board discussed the extended waiting period for those qualifying for Idaho Law portion of the examination. The Board approved allowing the Bureau to schedule this exam as necessary.
A letter from Tia Flynn was read requesting the Board develop a scope of practice for Audiologists and Hearing Aid Dealers and Fitters. The Board has no jurisdiction over Audiologists and cannot address their scope of practice. There is an existing scope of practice for Hearing Aid Dealers and Fitters in the Law. Dr. Cooper moved to have Mr. Hales draft a letter to Ms. Flynn addressing her concerns. Mr. Rademacher seconded the motion, and it carried.
Jeremy Pisca and Joe Sites from the Idaho Speech Language Hearing Association presented proposed legislation to the Board. The proposed legislation would be for the licensure in Idaho of Audiologists and Speech Pathologists under the Board of Medicine. The new board would be advisory to the Board of Medicine and would exempt audiologists from licensure as a hearing aid dealer and fitter. The Board requested consideration for not exempting audiologists, who want to deal and fit hearing aids, from licensure under the Hearing Aid Dealers and Fitters Board. The Board noted its mandate as the regulatory authority for the practice of dealing and fitting hearing aids.
A conference call is set for 1:30p.m. on December 15, 2004 for discussion of proposed Audiology and Speech Pathology legislation.
Mr. Rademacher moved to authorize the Bureau to send postcards to all licensees asking for comments on the proposed Audiology and Speech Pathology legislation. Dr. Cooper seconded the motion, and it carried.
Mr. Hetrick went through the contract with the Board and answered all questions. Mr. Rademacher moved to approve the contract and have Chairman Wachtler sign it on behalf of the Board. Dr. Cooper seconded the motion, and it carried.
Discussion was held on the Idaho Law portion of the examination being re-written. The Board determined to make no changes at this time.
The examination materials were readied for Friday, November 19, 2004.
Minutes, per diems, travel vouchers, and wall certificates were signed.
Having no further business before them, the meeting adjourned at 4:45p.m.
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