IDAHO STATE BOARD OF SPEECH HEARING SERVICES

 

REGULAR MEETING

November 8, 2007

 

 

ROLL CALL:                          Joe Seitz, Chairman

                                                Dennis Bell

                                                Carletta Allen

                                                Jody O’Donnell

                                                Joanne Huylar

                                                Brenda Mecier

                                                Jerry Peterson

 

BUREAU STAFF:                   Tana Cory, Bureau Chief

                                                Budd Hetrick, Deputy Bureau Chief

                                                Roger Hales, Administrative Attorney

                                                Karl Klein, Deputy Attorney General

                                                Janice Wiedrick, Technical Records Specialist I

                                               

 

Chairman Seitz called the meeting to order at 12:55p.m.

 

MINUTES

 

Ms. Mecier moved to approve the minutes of May 10, 2007 as corrected.  Ms. O’Donnell seconded, and the motion carried.

 

Ms. Mecier moved to approve the minutes of June 28, 2007.  Ms. Allen seconded, and the motion carried.

 

Ms. Allen moved to approve the minutes of July 30, 2007.  Mr. Peterson seconded, and the motion carried.

 

Ms. O’Donnell moved to approve the minutes of August 23, 2007.  Ms. Mecier seconded, and the motion carried.

 

Mr. Bell moved to approve the minutes of September 28, 2007.  Ms. Huylar seconded, and the motion carried.

 

BUREAU STAFF

 

Ms. Cory introduced Bureau employees Scott Burkhead and Lance Sedillo, both from Bureau Customer Services, to the Board.  Mr. Burkhead and Mr. Sedillo are attending the meeting to gain knowledge of Board meetings.

 

Ms. Cory also introduced Dave Hotchkiss, Case Manager, and Marcie McGinty, Hearings and Appeals, from the investigative unit to the Board.

 

Two new investigators have been added to the Bureau Staff and with these additions the investigations should be handled smoothly.

 

DISCIPLINARY REPORT

 

Mr. Kline presented case number SHS-2008-2 to the Board.  The Board determined that a consent order and stipulated agreement be negotiated.

 

Mr. Kline presented case number SHS-2008-3 to the Board. The Board determined that a consent order and stipulated agreement be negotiated.

 

FINANCIAL REPORT

 

Mr. Hetrick presented the financial report showing a negative balance of $36,512.54. The negative balance has been reduced.

 

INVESTIGATIVE REPORT

 

Mr. Hetrick presented the investigative report showing:

 

FY2008: to date five complaints have been received.  Of those two have been referred for legal review; and three remain under investigation.

 

FY2007:  Nineteen complaints were received.  Four have been closed following Board determination; three have been closed subsequent to disciplinary action; three have been referred for legal review; six remain under investigation; and three await Board determination.

 

FY2006: Thirteen complaints have been received to date.  Of those, four have been closed following Board determination; one was closed subsequent to disciplinary action; two have been referred for legal review; and six remain under investigation.

 

FY2005: Fifteen complaints were received.  Of those, eight have been closed following Board determination; two have been referred for legal review; and five remain under investigation.

 

FY2004: Fifteen complaints were received.  Of those, fourteen were closed following Board determination; and one remains under investigation.

 

For Board Determination:

 

SHS-P4B-2-2007-4

 

Ms. O’Donnell moved to authorize closure. Ms. Huylar seconded, and the motion carried.

 

SHS-B1-2-2007-12

 

Mr. Bell moved to authorize closure.  Ms. O’Donnell seconded, and the motion carried.

 

SHS-P5B-2-2007-18

 

Ms. Allen moved to authorize closure.  Ms. Mecier seconded, and the motion carried.

 

Mr. Hetrick presented a contract for the Board to review in response to a consent agreement.  Mr. Peterson moved to not approve the contract.  It needs to meet all the requirements stated by Rule.  Ms. O’Donnell seconded, and the motion carried.

 

CORRESPONDENCE

 

Letter from Dr. Morledge requesting scope-of-practice issues for Audiology.  Ms. Mecier moved to have Roger Hales respond to Dr. Morledge’s letter requesting a copy of the minutes of the meeting with Blue Cross of Idaho on November 30, 2007 and stating the Board has formed a committee to research issues. Mr. Bell seconded, and the motion carried.

 

EXECUTIVE SESSION

 

Ms. Allen moved to go into executive session as per Idaho Code 67-2345 (1) (d).

Seconded by Mr. Bell. VOTE: Yes votes were cast by Ms. Mecier, Ms. Huylar, Mr. Peterson, Mr. Bell, Ms. Allen and Ms. O’Donnell.  There were no dissenting votes cast. Motion carried

 

Ms. Mecier moved to come out of executive session.  Ms. Allen seconded, motion carried.

 

Ms. Allen moved to issue licenses and provisional permits to those approved by the Board and to send a letter to one applicant stating licensure is pending receipt of completion of requirements.  Ms. Mecier seconded, motion carried.

 

SPEECH LANGUAGE PATHOLOGY ASSISTANTS AND AIDES EXAMINATION

 

The Board reviewed the examination drafted by Ms. O’Donnell, Ms. Huylar and Ms. Allen for the open book examination to be taken by Speech Language Pathology Assistants and Aides prior to licensure. 

 

Ms. O’Donnell moved to approve the examination and have it put on the web site under the application section once the exam has been finalized by Ms. O’Donnell.  Ms. Allen seconded, and the motion carried.

 

MEDICAID AIDES AND ASSISTANTS

 

Idaho has reversed the terms Aides and Assistants according to MEDICAID. Assistants should have a higher education than Aides. Discussion followed on changes that may be made to MEDICAID rules. 

 

Mr. Peterson moved to table this until the May 8, 2008, meeting.  Mr. Bell seconded, and the motion carried.

  

Ms. O’Donnell moved to table discussion until the May 8, 2008, meeting.  Mr. Bell seconded, and the motion carried.

 

CONFERENCE CALL

 

A conference call for review of applications has been set for January 4, 2008 at 1:00p.m.

 

WEB SITE CHANGES

 

The Board requests that the web site under licensure renewals be changed to include the renewals of Speech Language Pathologists, Audiologists, and Hearing Aid Dealers and Fitters are required to have the ten hours of continuing education.

 

PROVISIONAL SPEECH LANGUAGE PATHOLOGISTS QUARTERLY REPORTS

 

Ms. Huylar, Ms. Allen, and Ms. O’Donnell are to draft an outline of the quarterly reports to be used by Provisional Speech Language Pathologists and Rules regarding the quarterly reports to be presented at the May 8, 2007, meeting.

 

QUARTERLY REPORTS

 

The quarterly reports for Hearing Aid Dealers and Fitters were reviewed and individual reports submitted by Provisional Speech Language Pathologists were reviewed.

 

NOTICES TO LICENSEES

 

Discussion was held on notices to all licensees when a change is made to Law or Rules. 

Notices can be sent by postcards to all licensees and the Idaho Speech Hearing Association can be notified to include the changes in their newsletter.

 

Having no further business before them, the meeting adjourned at 3:50p.m.

 

LICENSES ISSUED:

 

Speech Language Pathologists

Marissa Lynne Peterson                        SLP-1685

Jami Dee Pifer                                      SLP-1687

Mariette Kaye Milbrandt                      SLP-1688

James Robinson Aronow                      SLP-1693

Bridget Marie Rebich                            SLP-pending

 

Audiologist

Selonda Chambers                               AUD-1682

 

Speech Language Pathologist Assistant

Roben Michelle Ertter                           ASLP-1691

 

Provisional Permits

Diane Kay Robbins                              TSLP-1681

Patricia Harder                         TSLP-1689

Jennifer J. Royal                                   TSLP-1690