IDAHO SPEECH AND HEARING SERVICES BOARD

Bureau of Occupational Licenses

700 West State Street, P.O. Box 83720

Boise, ID 83720-0063 

 

Board Meeting Minutes of 11/17/2011

 

 

 

BOARD MEMBERS PRESENT:   Andrew J. Seitz - Chair

                                                   Gayle L Chaney

                                                   Barbra Osterhout

                                                   Leah D Whiteman

                                                   Dennis J. Bell

                                                   Mary R. Reis

 

 

BOARD MEMBERS ABSENT:     Jody S. O'Donnell

 

BUREAU STAFF:                        Dawn Hall, Administrative Support Manager

                                                  Lori Peel, Investigative Unit Manager

                                                  Eric Nelson, Board Prosecutor

                                                  Jake Naylor, Board Prosecutor

                                                  Maurie Ellsworth, Legal Counsel

Linda Goff, Technical Records Specialist I

 

The meeting was called to order at 1:12 PM MST by Andrew J. Seitz.

 

APPROVAL OF MINUTES

After review of the minutes of October 26, 2011, a motion was made by Ms. Whiteman to approve the minutes. Ms. Osterhout seconded. The motion carried.

 

LEGISLATIVE REPORT

Ms. Hall said the Legislative Session will begin in January.

 

FINANCIAL REPORT

Ms. Hall presented the financial report. As of October 31, the Board has a positive balance of $40,387.16. This year’s budget is $53,000.00.

 

Chairman Seitz requested Ms. Hall compile a report regarding fees generated per month this past year, to see if a fee decrease is a viable option for the 2013 Legislative Session.

 

 

INVESTIGATIVE REPORT

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

 

For Board Determination:

 

SHS-2010-2 A motion was made by Ms. Reis to authorize closure. Ms. Chaney seconded. The motion carried.

 

Mr. Nelson presented a memo to the Board.

SHS-2010-4 Mr. Nelson requested guidance from the Board. The Board provided recommendations regarding appropriate sanctions for discipline.

 

OLD BUSINESS

Telepractice Report

Ms. Osterhout presented information she and Ms. O’Donnell compiled regarding telepractice in their profession. Ms. Osterhout noted the Veterans Administration has expanded its telepractice provisions. The Board acknowledged that telepractice is “out there” and the concern is to make sure providers are not violating the State’s licensure laws.

 

Mail Order and Internet Sales of Hearing Aids

Chairman Seitz reported on his findings regarding Internet and mail order sales of hearing aids. The question is whether someone in another state, not licensed in Idaho, can legally sell a hearing aid to someone in Idaho. Chairman Seitz said there is an insurance company providing tests via the telephone and then shipping the hearing aid based on that test. The question raised is do these practices require licensure, and if they do the Board has no provisions to license an entity.

 

More discussion was held about technology’s influence on practice.

 

Information from other states regarding telepractice was reviewed for how they have addressed the issue.

 

Mr. Ellsworth advised the Board he will review Federal and Consumer Protection regulations in regard to telepractice.

 

Review of Items for Sub-Committee

A discussion was held regarding items to be reviewed by the Rule and Law Revision sub-committee. The Board had no further additions or changes.

 

Definitions of Aides and Assistants

A discussion was held regarding the definitions of aides and assistants in the Board’s Law. It was determined that no change to the definition is needed at this time.

 

 

NEW BUSINESS

 

Requirements for Audiologists

Chairman Seitz reported that requirements are changing regarding licensure requirements for Audiologists. A motion was made by Mr. Bell to table this item for review by the sub-committee. Ms. Chaney seconded. The motion carried.

 

EXECUTIVE SESSION

A motion was made by Ms. Chaney that the Board go into executive session under Idaho Code § 67-2345(1)(d) to consider records that are exempt from disclosure under the Idaho Public Records Law.  The purpose of the Executive Session was to consider license application materials, audit results and quarterly reports for review.  It was seconded by Ms. Reis. The vote was: Ms. Chaney, aye; Ms. Osterhout, aye; Ms. Whiteman, aye; Ms. Reis, aye; Mr. Bell, aye; and Chairman Seitz, aye. The motion carried.

 

 

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

 

 

A motion was made by Ms. Chaney and seconded by Mr. Bell to approve the following:

 

Approved for Licensure:

CRANDALL, JULIE ANN                                  SLP-2176

 

HERNDON, SHABIE LASAE                            SLPA-2182

 

WILLIS, DEANNA MARIE                                TSLP-2186

WRIGHT, KATHI                                             TSLP-2181

 

SLEMP, WILLIAM A                                        HT-2185

 

 

Approved pending receipt of required documentation:

901119135

901113427

901119027

901119086

901118782

901119103

901119104

901118993

901119022

901119102

901119136

 

 

The motion carried.

 

NEXT MEETING December 21, 2011 Conference Call 8:00 AM MST

 

 

ADJOURNMENT

A motion was made by Mr. Bell to adjourn the meeting at 4:05 PM. Ms. Reis seconded. The motion carried.

 

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Andrew J. Seitz, Chair                                   Gayle L Chaney

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Jody S. O'Donnell                                           Barbra Osterhout

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Leah D Whiteman                                          Dennis J. Bell

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Mary R. Reis                                                  Tana Cory, Bureau Chief