IDAHO SPEECH AND HEARING SERVICES BOARD

Bureau of Occupational Licenses

1109 Main Street, Suite 220

Boise, ID 83702-5642 

 

Conference Call Minutes of 2/11/2010

 

 

 

BOARD MEMBERS PRESENT:  Andrew J. Seitz - Chair

                                                             Gayle L Chaney

                                                             Jody S. O'Donnell

                                                             Leah D Whiteman

                                                             Dennis J. Bell

 

 

BOARD MEMBERS ABSENT:    Joanne M. Huylar

                                                           

 

BUREAU STAFF:                           Tana Cory, Bureau Chief

                                                            Dawn Hall, Administrative Support Manager

                                                            Lori Peel, Investigative Unit Manager

                                                            Karl Klein, Administrative Attorney

 

                                   

The meeting was called to order at 9:06 AM MST by Andrew J. Seitz.

 

 

APPROVAL OF MINUTES

A motion was made by Ms. O’Donnell to approve the minutes of January 6, 2010 with two minor corrections. Ms. Reis seconded, and the motion carried.

 

LEGISLATIVE REPORT

Ms. Hall presented the Legislative Report update. As of January 29th, both germane committees gave full approval for the Rule Change. Mr. Seitz also gave details of his recent testimony before the sub-committee.

 

FINANCIALREPORT

Ms. Hall presented the Financial Report to the Board. As of January 31, 2010, the Board had a negative balance of $40,209.11.

 

INVESTIGATIVE REPORT

Ms. Peel presented the Investigative Report which is linked above.

 

For Board Determination:

 

I-SHS-2008-9 C alleged that R failed to provide adequate service and completed a credit check without C's permission.  INV revealed that C signed the credit application.  In addition, R informed the investigator that he has been working with C and has replaced the aids twice beyond the 30-day return, and that R has done everything possible to make C happy.  R stated that he has met with C during non-business hours to accommodate C's schedule and has traveled extensively to C's workplace to adjust the aids. C informed the investigator that the aids are working satisfactorily now.   IBOL recommends that the Board authorize closure. A motion was made by Mr. Bell to authorize closure. Ms. O’Donnell seconded, and the motion carried.

 

I-SHS-2009-1 C alleged that R failed to provide a refund for returned aids.  IINV revealed that the company for which R worked is out of business and all phone numbers have been disconnected.  At the 8/27/09 and 1/6/10 meetings, the Board reviewed similar complaints against the company and found it was the responsibility of the company, not the licensee, to honor the refund.  In addition, the Attorney General's Office Consumer Protection Division reports to IBOL that it is attempting to work out a settlement with the company on behalf of consumers.  Therefore, IBOL recommends that the Board authorize closure. A motion was made by Mr. Bell to authorize closure. Ms. Chaney seconded, and the motion carried.

 

OLD BUSINESS

 

Internet Sales of Hearing Aids

A discussion of hearing aid sales on the Internet was held.  Mr. Klein reported on his discussions with the Attorney General’s Office Consumer Protection Division. It was that office’s consensus that internet sales made in Idaho are subject to the rules and laws of the state of Idaho.

 

Mr. Klein will research all options further and advise the Board of his findings during its May 2010 meeting.

 

Definition of Audioprosthologist

A discussion was held regarding the definition of Audioprosthologist and the committee findings. Mr. Klein advised the board that current statute does prohibit the “…use of any other title…”, and that for clarification purposes, the Board may wish entertain a rule change to prohibit the use of the term. The item was tabled until the May 2010 meeting.

 

EXECUTIVE SESSION

 

A motion was made by Ms. O’Donnell that the Board go into executive session under Idaho Code 67-2345(d) to consider such records that are exempt from disclosure under the Idaho Public Records Law. The purpose of the Executive Session was to consider license applications, submitted for board review: Ms. Whiteman seconded. The vote was: Mr. Bell, aye; Ms. O’Donnell, aye; Ms. Reis, aye; Ms. Chaney, aye; aye; Ms. Whiteman, aye; and Chairman Seitz, aye. There were no nay votes. The motion carried.

 

Ms. O’Donnell made a motion to come out of executive session. Ms. Whiteman seconded. The vote was Mr. Bell, aye; Ms. O’Donnell, aye; Ms. Reis, aye; Ms. Chaney, aye; aye; Ms. Whiteman, aye; and Chairman Seitz, aye. There were no nay votes. The motion carried.

 

APPLICATIONS

A motion was made by Ms. O’Donnell and seconded by Ms. Whiteman to approve the following:

 

            Approved for Licensure:

                        BILOTTA, AARON                                        SLP-1944

                        HALL, SUSAN                                              SLP-1946

                        SJOBLOM, STEVEN                                   SLP-1954

                        VIGIL, TORY                                                  SLP-1948

 

                        HEWITT, JOAN                                             AUD-1951

 

                        ORGILL, GINA                                               TSLP-1952

 

            Approved pending receipt of ASHA certification:

                        Applicant Number                                         901102446

                                                                                                901102878

 

            Approved pending verification of licensure from the state of Washington:

                        Applicant Number                                         901110792

 

Motion carried.

 

A motion was made by Ms. O’Donnell and seconded by Ms. Reis to deny the following application on the basis the applicant does not meet the requirements set out in Idaho Code Section 54-2912(1) (b) which requires that an applicant: “Provide documentation satisfactory to the board that the applicant possesses a master’s or doctoral degree with emphasis in audiology or not less than seventy-five (75) semester credit hours of post-baccalaureate study that culminates in a doctoral or other recognized degree from a nationally accredited school for audiology with a curriculum acceptable to the board.”

 

                        BEYER, WILLENA                                        AUD

 

A motion was made by Ms. Whiteman that a letter to Ms. Beyer be drafted explaining the Board does not have endorsement and therefore no discretion in this case. Ms. O’Donnell seconded, and the motion carried.

 

NEXT MEETING April 7th, 2010 1:00PM MDT

 

ADJOURNMENT

A motion was made by Mr. Bell to adjourn the meeting at 3:55 pm. Ms. Reis seconded, and the motion carried.

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Andrew J. Seitz, Chair                                      Gayle L Chaney

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Jody S. O'Donnell                                            Leah D Whiteman

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Dennis J. Bell                                                    Joanne M. Huylar

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Tana Cory, Bureau Chief