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32-2045. Investigative powers; emergency action
A. To enforce this chapter the board may:
1. Receive complaints filed against licensees or certificate holders and conduct a timely investigation.
2. Conduct an investigation at any time and on its own initiative without receipt of a written complaint if the board has reason to believe that there may be a violation of this chapter.
3. Issue subpoenas to compel the attendance of any witness or the production of any documentation relative to a case.
4. Take emergency action ordering the summary suspension of a license or certificate or the restriction of the licensee's practice or certificate holder's employment pending proceedings by the board.
5. Require a licensee or certificate holder to be examined in order to determine the licensee's or certificate holder's mental, physical or professional competence to practice or work in the field of physical therapy.
B. If the board finds that the information received in a complaint or an investigation is not of sufficient seriousness to merit direct action against the licensee or certificate holder it may take either of the following actions:
1. Dismiss the complaint if the board believes the information or complaint is without merit.
2. Issue an advisory letter. The issuance of an advisory letter is a nondisciplinary action to notify a licensee or certificate holder that, while there is not sufficient evidence to merit disciplinary action, the board believes that the licensee or certificate holder should be educated about the requirements of this chapter and board rules. An advisory letter is a public document and may be used in future disciplinary actions against a licensee or certificate holder.
3. Issue a nondisciplinary order requiring the licensee or certificate holder to complete a prescribed number of hours of continuing education in an area or areas prescribed by the board to provide the licensee or certificate holder with the necessary understanding of current standards, skills, procedures or treatment.
C. The board shall notify a licensee or certificate holder of a complaint and the nature of the complaint within ninety days after receiving the complaint.
D. Any person may submit a complaint regarding any licensee, certificate holder or other person potentially in violation of this chapter. Confidentiality shall be maintained subject to law.
E. The board shall keep confidential all information relating to the receipt and investigation of complaints filed against licensees and certificate holders until the information becomes public record or as required by law.