Meeting of the Board of Regents | November 2008
ON PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE
The Board of Regents
November 18, 2008
Your Professional Practice Committee held its scheduled meeting on November 18, 2008. All Committee members were present. Also in attendance was Regent Charles R. Bendit, who was present but did not vote.
Professional Discipline Cases
Your Committee recommends that the reports of the Regents Review Committees, including rulings, findings of fact, determinations as to guilt, and recommendations, by unanimous or majority vote, contained in those reports which have been distributed to you, be accepted in 4 cases. In addition, your Committee recommends, upon the recommendation of the Committee on the Professions, that 33 consent order applications and 2 surrender applications be granted. [PPC EXS (A) 1-3]
These recommendations are made following the review of 39 cases involving nine licensed practical nurses, six registered professional nurses, four pharmacies, three dentists, three licensed practical nurses who are also registered professional nurses, three massage therapists, three pharmacists, two veterinarians, one certified public accountant, one chiropractor, and one ophthalmic dispenser.
Voted, that the Board of Regents deny the petition for restoration of the physician license of Sushila Gupta. [PPC EXS (A) 4]
Your Committee recommends that the proposed emergency addition of section 63.9 of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education relating to the Certification of Licensed Pharmacists to Administer Immunizations for the Prevention of Influenza and Pneumococcal Disease and Medications for the Emergency Treatment of Anaphylaxis be approved, as submitted, upon a finding by the Board of Regents that such action is necessary to preserve the public health and general welfare by timely implementing Chapter 563 of the Laws of 2008 to ensure that standards and procedures are in place to certify pharmacists by December 3, 2008, the effective date of Chapter 563 of the Laws of 2008, thereby providing additional opportunities for adults to be immunized against influenza during the current flu season. [PPC (A) 1]
Consent Agenda Items
Your Committee recommends that the Board of Regents approve the amendment to the Rules of the Board of Regents relating to applications for the restoration of a professional license which will limit to non-evidentiary information the type of materials that may be submitted in response to the report and recommendation of the Committee on the Professions. [PPC (CA) 1]
Your Committee recommends that the Board of Regents approve the appointments and auxiliary reappointments of members to the State boards for the professions; and appointments of extended members to the State boards for the professions for service on licensure disciplinary and/or licensure restoration and moral character panels. [PPC (CA) 2]
Your Committee recommends that the Board of Regents approve the recommendations of the Committee on the Professions regarding licensing petitions. [PPC (CA) 3]
MOTION FOR ACTION BY FULL BOARD
Mr. Chancellor and Colleagues: Your Professional Practice Committee recommends, and we move, that the Board of Regents act affirmatively upon each recommendation in the written report of the Committee's deliberations at its meeting on November 18, 2008, copies of which have been distributed to each Regent.
MATTERS NOT REQUIRING BOARD ACTION
Your Committee discussed several topics of interest, including:
- Associate Commissioner’s Report – This report is to discuss with the Committee updates on recent events and activities of the Office of the Professions, including:
- budget issues, including the proposed Regents legislative priority legislation to seek an increase in licensure and registration fees that would protect fiscal stability of the Office of the Professions; and
- efforts to resolve issues relating to the licensure and permissible practice settings of social workers. [Oral Report]
- Implementation of Technology Initiatives Relating to Licensure and Discipline – This discussion focused on OP initiatives to develop and implement a state-of-the-art technology system to increase the effectiveness and efficiency of the processes involved in the licensing of professionals in the 48 professions regulated by OP, the maintenance of an effective discipline system, and the provision of up-to-date practice information to practitioners and the public. [PPC (D) 1]
That concludes our report.
Harry Phillips, 3rd, Co-Chairperson
Milton L. Cofield, Co-Chairperson