State of Tennessee Board of Respiratory Care Minutes/November 10, 2010
|State of Tennessee Board of Respiratory Care Minutes/November 10, 2010 (2011)|
- 1 Respiratory Care Minutes November 10, 2011
- 2 Rulemaking Hearing
- 3 Office of General Counsel Rules Discussion
- 4 Litigation
- 5 Consent Order
- 6 Approval of Minutes
- 7 Investigation and Disciplinary Reports
- 8 Tennessee Professional Assistance Program Report
- 9 Applicant Interview/File Review
- 10 Correspondence/Discussion
- 11 Ratifications
- 12 Administrator’s Report
- 13 Board Members
- 14 Financial Report
- 15 Election of Officers
- 16 2012 Board Meeting Dates
Respiratory Care Minutes November 10, 2011
- Board of Respiratory Care
Date: November 10, 2011
Time: 9:00 C.S.T.
Location: Iris Conference Room, Ground Floor 227 French Landing Drive Heritage Place, Metro Center Nashville, TN 37243
- Members Present
- Candace Partee RRT, Chair
- Roger Major, RRT, Secretary
- Ray Davis, RRT
- Gene Gantt, RRT
- Delmar Mack, RRT, Ed.D
- Brian Cook, Hospital Administrator
- Teresa Hatcher, Consumer Member
- Member Absent
- Jeffrey McCartney, M.D.
- Staff Present
- Marva Swann, Board Director
- Mary Webb, Board Administrator
- Mona Jean-Baptiste, Assistant General Counsel
- Guests Present
- Mike Harkreader, Tennessee Professional Assistance Program
- David Johnson, Tennessee Society for Respiratory Care
- John Williams, Attorney, Tennessee Society for Respiratory Care
A rulemaking hearing was held regarding amendments to Rule 1330-01-.24, ENDORSEMENT OF RESPIRATORY THERAPISTS TO PROVIDE POLYSOMNOGRAPHIC SERVICES (THIRD PATHWAY). Rule 1330-01-.24 is amended by deleting part (1)(c) 3 but not its subparts, and substituting instead the following language, so as amended, the new part (1)(c) 3 shall read: 3. Proof of completion of the Sleep Center or Sleep Lab Competency Checklist, as approved by this Board, signed by both the director of the sleep lab and the medical director from a current employing facility, verifying that an individual certified as a respiratory therapist has obtained a minimum of five hundred and four (504) hours in a sleep center or sleep laboratory or that an individual registered as a respiratory therapist has obtained a minimum of two hundred and fifty-two (252) hours in a sleep lab or sleep center, and outlining competency relative to the following topics, which include, but are not limited to: Authority: T.C.A. §§ 63-31-107 and 63-27-104. Comments from the public:
- A. Kelly A. Cardene, M.D.
- Dr. Cardene opposes the third pathway to licensure to perform polysomnographic services by respiratory therapists.
- B. Brevard Haynes, M.D. Member of Tennessee Sleep Society
- Dr. Haynes expressed concern that proof of completion of competency checklist is not required to be performed in an accredited sleep center.
- C. Walter Holland, LPT, Tennessee Sleep Society Representative
- Mr. Holland is in favor of the increase in training hours but is concerned that the checklist does not represent an objective proof of competency.
- D. Paul Anderson, LPT
- Mr. Anderson is in favor of the increased training hours for the third pathway; however, he expressed concern regarding the type of facility at which the training would take place.
- E. Colleen Schabacker, RRT
- Ms. Schabacker opposed the increased hours required for respiratory therapists to be licensed as LPT’s by the third pathway. She stated that Tennessee respiratory therapists have been providing polysomnographic services safely for decades under their scope of practice and that the BRPT has exempted respiratory therapists from any additional training in order to take the licensure examination.
- F. David Johnson, RRT, Legislative Chair for Tennessee Society for Respiratory Care
- Mr. Johnson stated that the TSRC was in favor of the proposed amendment to increase training hours for respiratory practitioners being credentialed by the third pathway.
- G. Burke L. Mays, Mays & Associates Sleep Disorder Testing, Inc
- Burke Mays, President and CEO of Mays & Associates Sleep Disorder Testing, Inc, submitted a letter to the Board opposing the training of polysomnographic technologists in an accredited sleep center rather than in the healthcare centers where they are employed due to an alleged hardship for persons who work in a rural facility.
After discussion, Mr. Gantt made a motion seconded by Dr. Mack to approve the rule as amended. The motion passed by roll call with all members voting to approve. Mr. Gantt made a motion seconded by Mr. Davis to inform licensees of the current rules governing the practice of polysomnograpy for respiratory therapists. The administrative office was directed to send out a post card to all active licensees regarding rule 1330-01-.24.
Ms. Jean-Baptiste presented the Economic Impact Statement on small businesses for the Board’s adoption. Mr. Gantt made a motion to delete #3 and #4 on the proposed economic statement due to not being able to determine the economic impact on small hospitals and rural establishments with the passage of this rule amendment. Dr. Mack seconded the motion. The motion passed by roll call vote with all members voting to approve.
Ms. Jean-Baptiste presented the Regulatory Flexibility Analysis for the Board’s approval. Mr. Cook made a motion seconded by Dr. Mack to approve the Regulatory Flexibility Analysis as presented. The motion passed by roll call vote with all members voting to approve.
Office of General Counsel Rules Discussion
The Board is concerned that a licensee who has been out of practice for an extended period may need to show their competence to return to work. The Board discussed reducing licensure fees now that the Board has a substantial monetary reserve. To address these concerns Ms. Jean-Baptiste presented a draft for proposed rule changes to amend Rule 1330-01-.05. (m) relative to Qualifications and Procedures for Licensure and Rule 1330-01.-.06 (d) relative to licensure renewal fees. Ms. Jean-Baptiste suggested rather than a new rule for those persons who have not practiced, the Board consider adopting a policy for reinstatement of a lapsed license with requirements for various lengths of time that the licensee has been out of practice in order to be reinstated. Dr. Mack made a motion seconded by Mr. Cook to place this item on the agenda of the February meeting for further discussion. The motion carried.
OGC currently has eight (8) open disciplinary cases pertaining to the Board of Respiratory Care of which the following five (5) were presented to the Board for review and disciplinary consideration.
1. Case No.: RBS-201002767
The pending matter is relative to a violation of 63-27-112(a)(2): Immoral, unethical, unprofessional or dishonorable conduct. The current action alleges that the Respondent, while employed at Marshall Medical Center, evaluated the child of a co-worker and provided supplies for a breathing treatment without a physician’s order. The child was not evaluated by a physician prior to or after the breathing treatment was administered. The child was never admitted to the ER as a patient. No documentation was made of the treatment being administered to the child. Respondent was terminated from employment after the facility’s investigation. Prior discipline: None; OGC Recommendation: Letter of Reprimand/ Warning After discussion, Mr. Gantt made a motion seconded by Mr. Davis to send a letter of warning to licensee. The motion carried.
2. Case No.: 201100669
The current action alleges that the Respondent ordered equipment/ supplies through his work place. Respondent’s employer had not received the equipment/ supplies nor provided payment. Respondent later submitted reimbursement for the equipment/ supplies through his flexible spending account with the company. Respondent admitted to ordering the equipment/ supplies and fraudulently requesting reimbursement through his flexible spending account. Respondent used the monies for other purposes and admitted that he had done the wrong thing. Respondent was terminated from employment from the facility. Prior discipline: none OGC Recommendation: Closed [No Violation] After discussion, a motion was made by Mr. Cook and seconded by Mr. Major to accept this proposal as presented. The motion carried.
3. Case No.: RBS- 201101614
The pending matter is relative to a violation of a 2010 Board Order. The current action alleges that Respondent failed to comply with her 25 June 2010 Consent Order, requiring that Respondent obtain and maintain the advocacy of TnPAP for a period of no less than three years as well as update the Board with quarterly reports detailing Respondent’s compliance with the terms of the TnPAP contract; notify the Disciplinary Coordinator of any violation of the TnPAP contract; comply with all TnPAP recommendations and maintain one hundred (100%) compliance with her contract. Respondent’s license was also placed on Probation for a period of no less than five (5) years from date of TnPaP contract. On or about August 11, 2011, Respondent notified TnPAP that she was withdrawing from the program. TnPAP’s records will support a failure to comply. Prior discipline: Consent Order, 25 June 2010; OGC Recommendation: Revocation. Dr. Mack made a motion seconded by Mr. Davis to accept the proposal as presented. The motion carried.
4. Case No.: RBS- 201101671
The pending matter is relative to a violation of a 2010 Board Order. The current action alleges that Respondent failed to comply with her 19 August 2010 Consent Order, requiring that Respondent obtain the advocacy of TnPAP for a period of no less than sixty (60) months as well as update the Disciplinary Coordinator with quarterly reports detailing Respondent’s compliance with the terms of the TnPAP contract; notify the Disciplinary Coordinator of any violation of the TnPAP contract; comply with all TnPAP recommendations and maintain one hundred (100%) compliance with her contract. Respondent’s license was also suspended for a period of not less than thirty (30) days and/ or until Respondent maintained TnPAP advocacy. Upon Respondent maintaining TnPAP advocacy, her respiratory care license shall immediately be placed on Probation for a period of not less than five years and or until Respondent fulfilled all necessary requirements. On 15 August 2011, Respondent notified TnPAP that she was no longer interested in enrollment. TnPAP’s records will support a failure to comply. Prior discipline: Consent Order, 19 August 2010; Recommendation: Revocation. Mr. Cook made a motion seconded by Mr. Gantt to approve the proposal as presented. The motion carried.
5. Case No.: RBS- 201101672
The pending matter is relative to a violation of a 2010 Board Order. The current action alleges that Respondent failed to comply with his 4 February 2010 Consent Order, requiring that Respondent obtain and maintain the advocacy of TnPAP for a period of no less than five (5) years as well as update the Disciplinary Coordinator with quarterly reports detailing Respondent’s compliance with the terms of the TnPAP contract; notify the Disciplinary Coordinator of any violation of the TnPAP contract; comply with all TnPAP recommendations and maintain one hundred (100%) compliance with her contract. Respondent’s license was also placed on Probation for a period of no less than five (5) years or until Respondent obtained and maintained TnPAP advocacy. On 25 January 2011, toxicology specimen provided by Respondent was positive for ETOH. On 25 July 2011, toxicology specimen provided by Respondent was positive for ETOH. On 19 August 2011, Respondent presented for an evaluation which recommended Respondent to enter and complete a long term impaired professional A&D treatment program. Respondent informed TnPAP that he is unable to adhere to the recommendation. TnPAP withdrew advocacy. TnPAP’s records will support a failure to comply. Prior discipline: Consent Order, 4 February 2010; Recommendation: Revocation. Mr. Major made a motion seconded by Mr. Davis to approve the proposal as presented. The motion carried.
Ms. Jean-Baptiste presented a Consent Order on Tony Lee Curd, CRT for unprofessional conduct. Mr. Curd was formally reprimanded in addition to being required to obtain an additional ten (10) continuing education credits relative to patient safety within one hundred eighty (180) days of the ratification of this Consent Order. He must also pay the costs of this action. Mr. Cook made a motion seconded by Dr. Mack to approve the Consent Order as presented. The motion carried.
Approval of Minutes
Ms. Hatcher made a motion seconded by Mr. Davis to approve the minutes of the August, 10, 2011 meeting as amended. The motion carried.
Investigation and Disciplinary Reports
Juanita Stone, Disciplinary Coordinator, presented the Investigative and Disciplinary reports. There are no RRT complaints and one (1) CRT complaint currently being investigated. There are ten (10) RRT’s, thirteen (13)) CRT’s, one (1) CRA and one (1) unlicensed individual currently being monitored following Board disciplinary action.
Tennessee Professional Assistance Program Report
Mike Harkreader, Representative of Tennessee Professional Assistance Program (TnPAP), submitted the report for the period of July 1, 2011 through October 26, 2011. Five (5) practitioners are currently being monitored. There was one (1) referral from the Board. This referral was made for a history of arrest. This referral was evaluated and rejected recommendations resulting in the TDOH being notified on 9/21/11.
Applicant Interview/File Review
- A. Thomas Donato—Mr. Donato is seeking licensure as a registered respiratory therapist by reciprocity. He appeared before the Board due to a misdemeanor conviction. After interview and discussion, Dr. Mack made a motion seconded by Mr. Davis to license Mr. Donato pending a favorable review from TnPAP. The motion carried.
- B. Jason Perdue—Mr. Perdue was not present. He is seeking licensure as a respiratory therapist by reciprocity from Kentucky. Mr. Perdue was disciplined by the Kentucky Board of Respiratory Care and is currently on probation and being monitored by the Kentucky Professionals Recovery Network. He has indicated to Ms. Webb that he does not wish to be licensed in Tennessee if the Board chooses to mirror the disciplinary action of Kentucky by referring him to TnPAP. As it would be the Board’s inclination to refer Mr. Perdue to TnPAP, Mr. Cook made a motion seconded by Mr. Major to offer him the option of withdrawing his application without adverse consequences. The motion carried.
- A. EMS Ventilator Training—Mr. David Johnson, RRT, TSRC Representative, presented a proposal to be made to the Emergency Medical Services Board regarding the training of EMS personnel who transport ventilator patients. After discussion, Mr. Gantt made a motion seconded by Mr. Major to defer action until the Board has had an opportunity to review the proposal in depth as well as review the American Association of Respiratory Care (AARC) position statement regarding ventilator transports. The motion carried. Ms. Partee will send the AARC position statement to all Board members. This discussion is to be placed on the agenda of the next board meeting.
- B. Number of Distance Continuing Education Hours Allowed—Charlie Brooks, RRT has requested that the Board consider revising the requirement that five (5) of the ten (10) continuing education hours required each year be face to face due to present day technology. A task force comprised of board members, a TSRC representative and Charlie Brooks was formed to meet one hour before the next scheduled meeting in February to discuss the issue and make recommendations.
- C. National Board of Respiratory Care (NBRC) Credential Requirement for Arterial Blood Gas Analysis—There is some debate as to whether NBRC membership should be required to be maintained after initial licensure. While it is not specified for all licensees, a current NBRC credential is required in order to be credentialed to perform arterial blood gas (ABG) analysis. The Board is considering a rulemaking hearing to require all licensees to have a current NBRC credential. Mr. Gantt made a motion seconded by Mr. Major to direct the administrative staff to do a one hundred (100%) audit of all licensees licensed after July 1, 2002 who have the ABG endorsement to see if they have a current NBRC credential. The motion carried. The NBRC is to be contacted to obtain a list of Tennessee’s current members which is to be cross referenced with active licensees since 2003 that have ABG endorsement. Respiratory therapists are to be notified by post card that according to the rules pertaining to the practice of polysomnographic services a current ABG credential must be maintained.
- D. Capillary Blood Gas Testing/Analysis By Polysomnographers—Lebonheur Pediatric Sleep Disorders Center in Memphis asked the Board of Medical Examiners for an Advisory Opinion as to whether or not a polysomnographic technologist could perform capillary blood gas tests. The BME opinion states that while capillary blood gas analysis does not fall within the scope of practice for a polysomnographic technologist or technician as specified in T.C.A. §63-31-101, there is nothing that would prevent delegation of such duties by a physician to a licensee who has been appropriately trained in the necessary specimen collection and procedures with the supervising physician taking responsibility for ensuring that the delegate is sufficiently trained to perform those functions. The Board of Respiratory Care disagreed with this opinion. Ms. Partee will attend the next BME meeting to convey the Board of Respiratory Care’s concerns regarding delegating capillary blood gas analysis to polysomnographers.
- E. Criminal Background Check Length of Validity—All applicants for initial licensure are required to have a criminal background check before being licensed. Per the current practice, the CBC is valid until the applicant is licensed or until the application expires, whichever comes first and the CBC is not valid after one year. When in the case of dual licensure applicants, the Board will accept the CBC information submitted to another board if the CBC is no older than six (6) months. If older than six (6) months, the applicant would be required to submit a new CBC. The Board was asked to either approve the continuation of this practice or to suggest another policy. Mr. Gantt made a motion seconded by Mr. Major to continue the current practice. The motion carried.
Mr. Davis made a motion seconded by Mr. Gantt to approve the following lists of initial and reinstatement applicants for registered respiratory therapist licensure . The motion carried.
REGISTERED RESPIRATORY THERAPISTS
NEW LICENSES MOBENAH HASSAN ABOUBEID CHARLES MICHAEL ADAMS TAMMY AMELIA APPLEBY LADAN A. AWIL MARIAM M. BABIRY KRISTEN TAYLOR BAKER DYLAN JAE BARRETT STEVEN MICHEL BOUFFARD CARROLL S. BREEDEN BRITTANY BOUNDS BURRIS CHRISTOPHER LARKIN COOLEY WENDELL EARL CORUM TIFFANY BENEFIEL CROUCH JOHN TYLER CURRIN CASANDRA MOORMN DODSON JOSEPH DAVID LEE ELLIOTT CANDIS SHALEE GERHART JOSEPH B. GILBERT ANGELA RENAE GUERRERO CHRISTINE SORENSEN HAMILTON DANIELLE JORDAN HAMPTON WENDY WADE HARDWICK JESSICA STALEY HEARD GALINA ZHURAVLEVA HESTER HEATHER LEA HIGGINBOTHAM SHAUNCIE RENEE HOFFARTH ASHLEY CANTESE HORTON JOHNAE MICHELE HOWARD SARAH DANIELLE HUGHES KATHLEEN JOHNSON JARRETT ASHLEY BENFIELD JOHNSON SHANNON ROCHELLE JUDGE JASON MATTHEW KIMMEL MEGAN NICOLE LAFUZE BRANDON THOMAS LESLIE JENNIFER DAWN LOPEZ SONDRA LATOYA MACKEY JENNA CHRISTINE MARIANO CONNIE GRAY MATHIS TRENT DENNIS MAXFIELD PAULA SUZETTE MCDANIEL SANDY THYER MCMASTERS CATHY RENAE MOSIER JENNIFER LYNNE MYERS JENNIFER SHERRELL NICELY KIMBERLY SPEEGLE PATRICK AMANDA MARIE PURTLE REGINA PAULETTE PYLE KRISTINA RENEE RANDOLPH JOSEPH NEAL RILEY KIMBERLY ANN RUCH MICHELLE HARRIS RUTH ANTHONY CORY SAMPLES CALISTA JUNE SILVERMAN KAREN BEATA SIMMONS KENDRA SHUNTAY SLATER PAUL DAVID SMITH SHANNON MOREHEAD SMITH LISA WALLACE STAUFFER MARK TIMOTHY SWEITZER PATRICIA A. VORHAUER AMANDA MARIE WALLS LINDA CALHOUN WALSEN JEREMY WAYNE WENTZEL PAMELA VINYARD WHEELER CARRIE PABE WHITEN NICHOLE LEEANN WOODS TONI MICHELLE WOODS ELIZABETH WALTES WOOLRIDGE
MARVIN LEE ALES
STEVEN R. CHAUCER
JOHN DAVID KAISER JR.
EVA N L’ECUYER
LJARA SUZANNE WYNN
POLYSOMNOGRAPHIC ENDORSEMENTS FOR REGISTERED REPIRATORY THERAPISTS
Mr. Cook made a motion seconded by Mr. Davis to approve the following licensees for polysomnographic endorsement. The motion carried.
MARVIN LEE ALES------BRPT
Mr. Major made a motion seconded by Mr. Davis to approve the following lists of initial and reinstatement applicants for certified respiratory therapy licensure. The motion carried.
CERTIFIED RESPIRATORY THERAPISTS
NEW LICENSES NATHAN ANDREW APPLEGATE ROSALYN PHILLIPS BASS CHRISTA MICHELLE FLY SAMMY S. FOISTER AMANDA A. FOWLER JOSHUA DANALYNN HELTON BRITTAN HICOLE HENLEY SOMMER RE JONES KELLY DALE KEOUGH TANYA COLLINS LEATHERWOOD JOHN NIHOLAS LONG LACY VICTORIA MCCULLOUGH ANGELA MICHELLE MURRELL-JONES CNSTANCE TURNER POLK CHRISTINE MARIE PORTER TERESA ANNETTE RAMBY KIMBERLY ANNE REED BENJAMIN THOMAS ROARK MEAGAN CLINTON ROBERTS SULTAN TARIK SHANDON LATISHA SHANTRELL SIMS-BROWN ANA LISA PENGSON SINGLALAWA SANDRA K. SPURLOCK JESSICA COOK STEELE CRYSTAL DANIELLE TURNER MICHELE D. WHITE PATRICIA A. WILLIAMS REINSTATEMENTS MARK THOMAS BELCHER REBEKAH ANNLASHA CAMPBELLE GENNIFER SHEAD MCCULLOUGH SANDRA L. SMITH JUDITH HALE WILSON
POLYSOMNOGRAPHIC ENDORSEMENTS FOR CERTIFIED THERAPISTS
Dr Mack made a motion seconded by Mr. Cook to license the following certified respiratory therapists for polysomnographic endorsement. The motion carried.
LATISHA SIMS-BROWN—3RD PATHWAY
TAMELA THOMPSON—3RD PATHWAY
CORSSILA BROWN—3RD PATHWAY
As of October 31, 2011 the numbers of active licensees were:
Board activity totals from August 6, through November 7, 2011 RRT CRT New licenses—69 New licenses—27 Reinstated—5 Reinstated—5 Retired—10 Retired—10 Failed to Renew—28 Failed to Renew—40
495 practitioners renewed during this period with 325 renewing online.
All positions are currently filled.
As of June 30, 2011, direct expenditures were $93,000.40 and revenue collections during this period were $370,624.29. Indirect expenditures have not been finalized.
Election of Officers
The Board elected Candace Partee as Chair and Roger Major as Secretary of the Board for 2012.
2012 Board Meeting Dates
Mr. Davis made a motion seconded by Dr. Mack to approve the following dates for board meetings in 2012. The motion carried. February 2 May 31 August 30 November 15
There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 1:00 p.m.
These minutes were ratified at the March 30, 2012 meeting.