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2008-2009 Regulatory Agendas

02-643
Board of Speech-Language Pathology, Audiology
and Hearing Aid Dealing and Fitting

AGENCY UMBRELLA-UNIT NUMBER: 02-164 and 02-296 (Proposed 02-643)
AGENCY NAME: Department of Professional and Financial Regulation, Office of Licensing & Registration, Board of Speech-Language Pathology, Audiology and Hearing Aid Dealing and Fitting

CONTACT PERSON: Penny Vaillancourt, Board Administrator, 35 State House Station, Augusta, Maine 04333-0035. Tel: (207) 624-8420

EMERGENCY RULES ADOPTED SINCE THE LAST REGULATORY AGENDA: None.

EXPECTED 2008-2009 RULEMAKING ACTIVITY: The rules for the former Hearing Aid Dealers and Fitters Board may be repealed pursuant to PL 2007, c. 369, §C-4 upon the adoption of superseding rules by the new Board of Speech-language Pathology, Audiology and Hearing Aid Dealing and Fitting.

CHAPTER 1: General Provisions
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 32 M.R.S.A., §1660-B(9)
PURPOSE: The board may review and revise is rules regarding minimum testing requirements, supervision of trainees, and medical conditions that require special procedures.
SCHEDULE FOR ADOPTION: Spring 2009.
AFFECTED PARTIES: Licensees and applicants.
CONSENSUS-BASED RULE DEVELOPMENT: Not expected.

CHAPTER 2: Licensing Procedure
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 32 M.R.S.A., §1660-B(9)
PURPOSE: The board may review and revise its rules regarding the eligibility requirements for the licensing of hearing aid dealers and fitters, hearing aid companies, and for temporary trainee permits.
SCHEDULE FOR ADOPTION: Spring 2009.
AFFECTED PARTIES: Applicants.
CONSENSUS-BASED RULE DEVELOPMENT: Not expected.

CHAPTER 3: Application and Examination Process
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 32 M.R.S.A., §§ 1658-A,1660-B(9)
PURPOSE: The board may review and revise its rules regarding the application procedure, examination, licensing procedure, and continuing education requirements of the Board. Provisions may be added pertinent to the staff review of applications and to further articulate the continuing education requirement.
SCHEDULE FOR ADOPTION: Spring 2009.
AFFECTED PARTIES: Licensees and applicants.
CONSENSUS-BASED RULE DEVELOPMENT: Not expected.

CHAPTER 4: Complaints
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 32 M.R.S.A., §1660-B(9)
PURPOSE: The board may review and revise its rules regarding the basic guidelines for the handling of complaints received by the Board.
SCHEDULE FOR ADOPTION: Spring 2009.
AFFECTED PARTIES: Consumers and licensees.
CONSENSUS-BASED RULE DEVELOPMENT: Not expected.

CHAPTER 5: Initial License and Renewal Fees
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 10 MRSA §8003(2-A)(D)
PURPOSE: The board may repeal this chapter, which has been superceded by 10 MRSA §8003(2-A)(D) and ensuing rulemaking under Chapter 10 of the rules of the Office of Licensing and Registration.
SCHEDULE FOR ADOPTION: Spring 2009.
AFFECTED PARTIES: Licensees and applicants.
CONSENSUS-BASED RULE DEVELOPMENT: Not expected.

CHAPTER 6: Calibration Standards
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 32 M.R.S.A., §1660-B(9)
PURPOSE: The board may review and revise its rules regarding calibration and recalibration standards of instruments used by hearing aid dealers and fitters.
SCHEDULE FOR ADOPTION: Spring 2009.
AFFECTED PARTIES: Licensees.
CONSENSUS-BASED RULE DEVELOPMENT: Not expected.

CHAPTER 7: Code of Ethics
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 32 M.R.S.A., §1660-B(9)
PURPOSE: The board may review and revise its rules regarding the established code of ethics reflecting the standards of conduct that the Board has designated as unacceptable in the practice of hearing aid dealers and fitters. Amendment would clarify the intent of revisions to 32 M.R.S.A. §1658-B, relating to “Payment” and “Trial Period”.
SCHEDULE FOR ADOPTION: Spring 2009.
AFFECTED PARTIES: Licensees and consumers.
CONSENSUS-BASED RULE DEVELOPMENT: Not expected.

EXPECTED 2008-2009 RULEMAKING ACTIVITY: The rules for the former Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology Board may be repealed pursuant to PL 2007, c. 369, §C-4 upon the adoption of superseding rules by the new Board of Speech-language Pathology, Audiology and Hearing Aid Dealing and Fitting.

CHAPTER 1: Definitions
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 32 M.R.S.A., §6013(2)
PURPOSE: The board may review and revise the terms used in these rules.
SCHEDULE FOR ADOPTION: Spring 2009.
AFFECTED PARTIES: Applicants for licensure and licensees.
CONSENSUS-BASED RULE DEVELOPMENT: Not expected.

CHAPTER 2: Initial Licensure
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 32 M.R.S.A., §§ 6013(2), 6020-A(1), 6021, 6022, 6024, 6025, 6027, and 6028
PURPOSE: The board may review and revise the criteria for initial licensure of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists and describe the application process.
SCHEDULE FOR ADOPTION: Spring 2009.
AFFECTED PARTIES: Applicants for licensure and licensees.
CONSENSUS-BASED RULE DEVELOPMENT: Not expected.

CHAPTER 3: Continuing Professional Education requirements for Renewal of Licensure in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 32 M.R.S.A., §§ 6013, 6025, 6027, and 6030
PURPOSE: The board may review and revise the requirements for continuing professional education, including hours needed to be relicensed, approval and relicensing procedures, and define approved Continuing Professional Education activities.
SCHEDULE FOR ADOPTION: Spring 2009.
AFFECTED PARTIES: Licensees.
CONSENSUS-BASED RULE DEVELOPMENT: Not expected.

CHAPTER 4: The Registration and Use of Speech-Language Pathology Aides and Speech Language Pathology Assistants by Board Licensed Speech-Language Pathologists
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 32 M.R.S.A., §§6003(7) and (7-A), 6004(2) and (3), 6013, and 6020-A(2)
PURPOSE: The board may review and revise the requirements for registration and utilization of Speech-Language Pathology Aides and Speech-Language Pathology Assistants.
SCHEDULE FOR ADOPTION: Spring 2009.
AFFECTED PARTIES: Consumers, licensees, and registrants.
CONSENSUS-BASED RULE DEVELOPMENT: Not expected.

CHAPTER 5: Scope of Practice
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 32 M.R.S.A., §§ 6003(2) and (6) and 6013(2)
PURPOSE: The board will review and revise the scope of practice of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists.
SCHEDULE FOR ADOPTION: Spring 2009.
AFFECTED PARTIES: Consumers, licensees, and registrants.
CONSENSUS-BASED RULE DEVELOPMENT: Not expected.

CHAPTER 6: Complaints, Code of Ethics, Discipline Imposed by other Jurisdictions
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 32 M.R.S.A., §§ 6003(3-A), 6013(2), and 6026(2)
PURPOSE: The board will review and revise the code of ethics adopted by the board and a reference to the complaint process followed by the board; additionally, it establishes that discipline imposed by other jurisdictions may lead to disciplinary sanctions in Maine.
SCHEDULE FOR ADOPTION: Spring 2009.
AFFECTED PARTIES: Licensees and consumers.
CONSENSUS-BASED RULE DEVELOPMENT: Not expected.

CHAPTER 7: Fees
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 10 MRSA §8003(2-A)(D).
PURPOSE: The Board may repeal existing fee provisions, in the event that OLR establishes fees for this board directly pursuant to 10 MRSA §8003(2-A)(D).
SCHEDULE FOR ADOPTION: Spring 2009.
AFFECTED PARTIES: Applicants for licensure and licensees.
CONSENSUS-BASED RULE DEVELOPMENT: Not expected.