At A Glance:
BOMEX has initiated a proactive approach to its legislative program by creating a legislative process that involves the active participation of all agency stakeholders. In mid-June a legislative request form was sent to over two hundred interested parties, inviting them to participate in the development of a legislative agenda for the Board.
Board Approves Adjustments to Several Fees
The Board approved the proposals for fee adjustments effective January 1, 2000. All BOMEX fees must be fixed below statutory maximums and most fees were left unchanged. Those fees which changed are listed below.
2001 Agency Infrastructure Taking Shape
With the budget cycle for the second half of next year already in view, the Board took a preliminary look at additional staffing and reclassifications in the enforcement, licensing, and regulatory centers, and the new technology needed to transact Board business over the Internet. Legislative action will finalize the 2001 budget early in 2000.
Reviewing the Formal Interview Process
With the growing number of Formal Hearing proposed decisions, Formal Interviews and Reconsiderations, the need to streamline and optimize the Formal Interview process led to the formation of a subcommittee. The subcommittee, consisting of Dr. Sattenspiel, Dr. Connell, The Honorable Ms. Jordan, Dr. Megdal, and Ms. Barnes, will study and present recommendations for improving the Formal Interview process to the Board at a future session. One concept under consideration is to expand the use of the Office of Administrative Hearings.
The Year in Review
The Board approved the annual report for fiscal year 1999, "Building a Better BOMEX," which reflected on the past year's numerous accomplishments and outlined the next year's evolution of eight target areas. In the year 2000, the Board will explore ways to increase the investigation section's effectiveness, provide new tools and methods to enhance the time the Board spends with policy and governance issues, continue information technology advancements, and enhance BOMEX's community presence.
The Arizona State Board of Nursing has reappointed Debra Barnes, RN, to the Board of Medical Examiners. Ms. Barnes' current term will expire in June 2000.
The Board voted to provide public comment to the Nursing Board's proposed rules on nurse anesthetist (CRNA) prescribing. BOMEX's comment seeks clarification of the prescribing authority given to CRNAs to ensure that prescribing only takes place in a perioperative setting.
Board Actions: A Summary
During its September 21-24 meeting, the Board voted to issue:
The Board directed staff to prepare eight orders for formal disciplinary
action at the next session.
The following are the dates for the 2000 meetings:
February 2 - 4
Full Board Meeting
The next Full Board meeting will take place November 17 - 19, 1999, at the Board of Medical Examiners' Offices: 1651 E. Morten Avenue, Suite 210, Phoenix, Arizona 85020.