ASBM Board Meeting Minutes
November 13, 2020
Meeting ID: 776 4219 4700
The Alabama State Board of Midwifery met on Friday, November 13, 2020, to conduct business. This meeting was held via zoom. In attendance were: (1) Ms. Bufkin (Board Chair), (2) Ms. Leithart (member), (3) Mr. Megginson (member), (4) Ms. Dennis (member), (5) Ms. Litas(member), Ms. Carmack (Board attorney) and Dr. Porterfield Miller (Administrative Assistant).
The members of the public in attendance were: Mr. Matt Hart (attorney) representing the Board of Medical Examiners (BME), Mr.Stephen McCormick (attorney) representing Alabama Hospital Association (AlaHA), Ragan Ingram (Windom, Galliher & Associates),
Blaine Galliher (Windom, Galliher & Associates), Niko Corley (MASA), Laura Reeder (LM), and Trace Zarr (MASA).
The Board meeting had been advertised on the Secretary of State’s website, in accordance with the Alabama Open Meetings Act. There being a quorum of board members present, Ms. Bufkin, Board Chairperson, called the meeting to order at 3:09 p.m. and proceeded to preside over the meeting.
Ms. Bufkin presented the September 11, 2020 meeting minutes for the Board’s approval. Copies of the minutes were provided to the members prior to the meeting for their review. No corrections or addendums were made. Ms. Leithart made a motion to adopt the September 11, 2020 minutes. The motion was seconded by Mr. Megginson. The minutes were unanimously approved by the Board.
Ms. Bufkin made the motion to go into the Executive Session for 45 minutes to discuss the legal ramifications of the amendment to Rule 582-X-3-.09 (a)(13) as it relates to the administration of medications in midwifery time-sensitive situations. It was seconded by Ms. Leithart and certified by the attorney, Ms. Carmack. A roll call vote took place: Mr. Megginson aye, Ms. Dennis aye, Ms, Leithart aye, Ms. Litas aye, Ms. Bufkin aye. Motion carried. The meeting adjourned at 3:13 to go to the Executive Session.
During the Executive session, Mr. Megginson made a motion to return to general session, it was seconded by Ms. Leithart. A roll call vote was taken Ms. Bufkin, aye, Ms. Dennis, aye, Mr. Megginson, aye, Ms. Leithart, aye and Ms. Litas, aye. The motion passes, the Board returned to General session at 4:00pm.
Ms. Carmack, Board Attorney, asked the public for comments. Mr. Megginson asked the midwife representative what the midwives thought of the amended rule.
Ms. Litas spoke for the midwives. Ms. Dennis suggested that the Board should move forward with all medication that is time-sensitive. Ms. Leithart suggested that the board should not make a decision in haste.
Mr. Megginson made a motion not to amend and not to recertify any amendment to Rule 52-X-3-.09 (a) (13) related to the administration of medication in midwifery time-sensitive situations. Ms. Leithart seconded the motion. A roll call vote was taken, Ms. Bufkin, aye, Ms. Dennis, nay, Mr. Megginson, aye, Ms. Leithart, aye and Ms. Litas, aye. The motion passed, with four Board members in favor and one opposed.
Ms. Bufkin, Board Chair, addressed the new business of appointing members to the Complaint committee. The chair appointed Noel Leithart, Bettie Carmack and Marietta Nero to the Complaint committee. A roll call vote was taken, Ms. Bufkin, aye, Ms. Dennis, aye, Mr. Megginson, aye, Ms. Leithart, aye and Ms. Litas, aye. The motion was passed unanimously.
Under new business, Ms. Leithart made a motion that Ms. Bufkin and/or Mr. Megginson serve as liaison between the Board and other agencies. Ms. Litas seconded the motion. The motion was passed unanimously.
Mr. Megginson made a motion to adjourn the meeting. It was seconded by Ms. Leithart. Ms. Bufkin (Board Chair) called the meeting adjournment at 4:30 pm.
Next meeting is December 11, 2020
Dr. Sharon Porterfield Miller