policy relative to matters involving medical and acupuncture education,
licensure, practice, and discipline.
(2) Conducts business according to
(3) Elects a
chairperson, vice chairperson and a secretary from its membership at the last
regular board meeting prior to May 1 or at another date in April scheduled by
(4) A majority of the
members of the board shall constitute a quorum. Official action, including
filing of formal charges or imposition of discipline, requires a majority vote
of members present.
a. Administer the statutes and
rules relating to the practice of medicine and surgery, osteopathic medicine
and surgery, the practice of acupuncture by acupuncturists, and the practice of
genetic counseling by genetic counselors.
b. Review or investigate, upon receipt of a
complaint or upon its own initiation, based upon information or evidence
received, alleged violations of statutes or rules which relate to the practice
of medicine and surgery, osteopathic medicine and surgery, the practice of
acupuncture by licensed acupuncturists, and the practice of genetic counseling
by licensed genetic counselors.
Determine in any case whether an investigation or a disciplinary action is
d. Initiate and
prosecute disciplinary proceedings.
e. Impose licensee discipline.
f. Request that the attorney general file
appropriate court action for enforcement of the board's authority relating to
licensees or other persons who are charged with violating statutes or rules the
board administers or enforces.
Establish and register peer reviewers.
h. Refer to one or more registered peer
reviewers for investigation, review, and report to the board any complaint or
other evidence of an act or omission which the board has reasonable grounds to
believe may constitute cause for licensee discipline. However, the referral of
any matter shall not relieve the board of any of its duties and shall not
divest the board of any authority or jurisdiction.
i. Determine eligibility for license renewal
and administer the renewal of licenses.
j. Establish and administer rules for
continuing education and mandatory training requirements as a condition of
k. Establish fees
for examination, fees for the issuance of licenses and fees for other services
provided by the board with the intention of producing sufficient revenue to
cover the expenses involved with operation of the board and the board
Establish committees of
the board, the members of which, except for the executive committee, shall be
appointed by the board chairperson and shall not constitute a quorum of the
board. The board chairperson shall appoint committee chairpersons. Committees
of the board may include:
committee. The membership shall be composed of the elected officers of the
board and two at-large members appointed by the chairperson. At least one
public member shall be appointed to the executive committee. The executive
committee duties may include, but are not limited to:
1. Guidance and supervision of the executive
2. Budgetary review and
recommendations to the board.
Review and recommendations to the board on rules and legislative
4. Study and
recommendations to the board on practice issues and policy.
(2) Screening committee. The
committee reviews complaints and makes recommendations to the board on
appropriate action including further investigation or referral to the board for
Its duties may include:
appropriate action on completed applications for licensure.
2. Conducting interviews with applicants when
3. Reviewing licensure
and recommending to the board appropriate changes in licensure application
5. Reviewing and making
recommendations to the board regarding volunteer physician applicants who wish
to participate in the state-indemnified volunteer physician program and who are
under investigation or who have or have had disciplinary action against a
license in the present or in the past.
6. Making recommendations on licensure policy
committee. The committee oversees the monitoring of licensees under board
orders and makes recommendations to the board on these matters.
m. Establish the Iowa physician
health committee as its licensee review committee.
n. Advise the director of the department of
public health in evaluating potential candidates for the position of executive
director, consult with the director in the hiring of the executive director,
and review and advise the director on the performance of the executive director
in the discharge of the executive director's duties.
o. Adopt administrative rules and pursue
legislation where necessary to conduct the board's business.
p. Establish a pool of up to ten alternate
board members to serve on a hearing panel when a sufficient number of board
members is unavailable to hear a contested case.
Guide and direct a full-time executive
a. Is not a member of the
b. Under the supervision of
the director of the department of public health and the guidance or direction
of the board performs administrative duties of the board including, but not
limited to: staff supervision and delegation; administration and enforcement of
the statutes and rules relating to the practice of medicine and surgery,
osteopathic medicine and surgery, the practice of acupuncture, and the practice
of genetic counseling; issuance of subpoenas on behalf of the board or a
committee of the board during the investigation of possible violations; and
enunciation of policy on behalf of the board.
Establishes, in accordance with Iowa Code
a pool of alternate board members.
a. At the
beginning of each fiscal year, the executive director presents a list of
persons who are qualified under Iowa Code section
to serve as alternate board members for the year beginning September
b. The executive director shall
present the board-approved list of alternate board members to the governor for
c. Once the governor
approves an alternate board member, the executive director or designee may
assign the approved member to hear a contested case when an approved number of
board members is unavailable.