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R156. Commerce, Occupational and Professional Licensing.

Rule R156-73. Chiropractic Physician Practice Act Rule.

As in effect on May 1, 2019

Table of Contents

R156-73-101. Title.

This rule is known as the "Chiropractic Physician Practice Act Rule".

R156-73-102. Definitions.

In addition to the definitions in Title 58, Chapters 1 and 73, as used in Title 58, Chapters 1 and 73, or this rule:

(1) "Clinical acupuncture" means the application of mechanical, thermal, manual, and/or electrical stimulation of acupuncture points and meridians, including the insertion of needles, by a chiropractic physician that has demonstrated competency and training by completing a recognized course that is sponsored by an institution or organization approved to sponsor continuing education, as defined in Section R156-73-303b.

(2) "Distance learning" means the acquisition of knowledge and skills through information and instruction encompassing all technologies and other forms of learning at a distance, including internet, audio/visual recordings, mail or other correspondence.

(3) "FCLB" means the Federation of Chiropractic Licensing Boards.

(4) "Indirect supervision" means the supervising licensed chiropractic physician shall be available for immediate voice contact by telephone, radio, or other means and shall provide daily face to face consultation and review of cases at the chiropractic facility for the chiropractic intern, temporarily licensed or unlicensed person being supervised.

(5) "Joint mobilization", as used in Subsection 58-73-601(2)(c)(ii)(B) means passive movements done by another person, applied as a series of stretches or repetitive movements to individual or combinations of joints, not to exceed the end range of motion and stopping short of the articular elastic barrier.

(6) "NBCE" means the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners.

(7) "PACE" means Providers of Approved Continuing Education sponsored by the Federation of Chiropractic Licensing Boards.

(8) "Preceptor" means a licensed chiropractic physician who is a supervisor of interns and externs in the professional practice of chiropractic.

(9) "Preceptorship" means a supervised training program established by a written contract between a chiropractic college or university whose program or institution is accredited by the Council on Chiropractic Education, Inc., and a licensee for the purpose of providing chiropractic training to a student enrolled in the chiropractic college or university while under the supervision of a licensee.

(10) "Unprofessional conduct", as defined in Title 58, Chapters 1 and 73, is further defined in accordance with Subsection 58-1-203(5), in Section R156-73-501.

R156-73-103. Authority - Purpose.

This rule is adopted by the division under the authority of Subsection 58-1-106(1)(a) to enable the division to administer Title 58, Chapter 73.

R156-73-104. Organization - Relationship to Rule R156-1.

The organization of this rule and its relationship to Rule R156-1 is as described in Section R156-1-107.

R156-73-302. Good Moral Character - Disqualifying Convictions.

(1) When reviewing an application to determine the good moral character of an applicant as set forth in Section 58-73-302 and whether the applicant has been involved in unprofessional conduct as set forth in Subsection 58-1-501(2)(c), the Division and the Board shall consider the applicant's criminal record as follows:

(a) a criminal conviction for a sex offense as defined in Title 76, Chapter 5, Part 4 and Chapter 5a, and Title 76, Chapter 10, Parts 12 and 13, shall disqualify an applicant from becoming licensed; or

(b) a criminal conviction for the following crimes may disqualify an applicant from becoming licensed:

(i) crimes against a person as defined in Title 76, Chapter 5, Parts 1, 2 and 3;

(ii) crimes against property as defined in Title 76, Chapter 6, Parts 1 through 6;

(iii) any offense involving controlled dangerous substances; or

(iv) conspiracy to commit or any attempt to commit any of the above offenses.

(2) An applicant who has a criminal conviction for a felony crime of violence may be considered ineligible for licensure for a period of seven years from the termination of parole, probation, judicial proceeding or date of incident, whichever is later.

(3) An applicant who has a criminal conviction for a felony involving a controlled substance may be considered ineligible for licensure for a period of five years from the termination of parole, probation, judicial proceeding or date of incident, whichever is later.

(4) An applicant who has a criminal conviction for any misdemeanor crime of violence or the use of a controlled substance may be considered ineligible for licensure for a period of three years from the termination of parole, probation, judicial proceeding or date of incident, whichever is later.

(5) Each application for licensure or renewal of licensure shall be considered in accordance with the requirements of Section R156-1-302.

R156-73-302a. Qualifications for Licensure - Education Requirements.

In accordance with Subsection 58-73-302(1)(d), graduation from a chiropractic college or university whose program or institution is accredited by the Council on Chiropractic Education, Inc., is evidence of having satisfactorily completed at least two years of general study in a college or university.

R156-73-302b. Qualifications for Licensure - Examination Requirements.

(1) In accordance with Subsection 58-73-302(1)(f)(i), the approved written clinical competency examination is the National Chiropractic Board Part 3 or the Special Purposes Examination for Chiropractic (SPEC) administered by the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners. The passing score shall be established by the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners.

(2) In accordance with Subsection 58-73-302(1)(f)(iii), the approved practical examination is the National Chiropractic Board Part 4 (practical examination) administered by the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners. The passing score shall be established by the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners.

R156-73-303. Temporary License.

In accordance with Subsections 58-1-303(1)(a) and 58-73-302(2), an endorsement applicant may be issued a temporary license for a period of not more than six months under the following conditions:

(1) The licensee shall work under the indirect supervision of a chiropractic physician approved by the division.

(2) The supervising chiropractic physician shall:

(a) be available at all times to provide advice, instruction and consultation;

(b) assume responsibility for all chiropractic activities and services performed by the temporary licensee; and

(c) supervise no more than two persons at any given time.

(3) The temporary license may not be renewed or extended for any purpose.

(4) Any change in supervising chiropractic physician shall be preapproved by the division.

R156-73-303a. Continuing Education - Renewal Requirement.

(1) In accordance with Subsection 58-73-303(2), each licensee shall complete 40 hours of continuing education in each preceding two year period of licensure.

(2) The required number of hours of continuing education for an individual who first becomes licensed during the two year period shall be prorated to the part of that two year period during which the person is licensed.

R156-73-303b. Continuing Education - Standards.

(1) The standards for continuing education are as follows:

(a) the content must be relevant to chiropractic practice and consistent with the laws and rules of this state;

(b) the course must be under the sponsorship of or approved by:

(i) a chiropractic college or university whose doctor of chiropractic program is accredited by the Council on Chiropractic Education, Inc.;

(ii) a professional or nonprofit organization or association representing a licensed profession that has open membership and election of officers whose program objectives relate to the practice of chiropractic;

(iii) the licensing agency of Utah or another state; or

(iv) PACE;

(c) learning objectives must be reasonably and clearly stated;

(d) teaching methods must be clearly stated and appropriate;

(e) faculty must be qualified, both in experience and in teaching expertise;

(f) documentation of attendance must be provided;

(g) there shall be no more than four clock hours related to chiropractic practice marketing or practice building;

(h) no more than 10 hours of continuing education, in each two year period of licensure, may be by distance learning.

(2) A licensee shall be responsible for maintaining competent records of completed continuing education for a period of two years after close of the two year period to which the records pertain.

(3) The board may, after review, waive the continuing education requirements for a licensee presenting sufficient evidence of hardship or illness or other reason making it impossible or highly impractical for the licensee to attend or have attended a sufficient number of continuing education classes.

(4) As part of the 40 continuing education hours required every two years, a chiropractic physician, who provides acupuncture services as a part of their practice, shall complete 10 hours of acupuncture related continuing education.

R156-73-304. Preceptorship - Approved Form of Supervision.

In accordance with Subsection 58-73-304(2), the approved form of supervision is defined, clarified or established as follows:

(1) The supervising preceptor shall:

(a) be licensed in good standing in Utah and have practiced as a licensed chiropractic physician for the past five years;

(b) have entered into a written contract with an approved college or university to provide chiropractic training to a preceptee; and

(c) provide direct supervision on the premises, either personally or by delegating to another chiropractic physician who is licensed in good standing in Utah and who has practiced as a licensed chiropractic physician for the past five years.

(2) The preceptor or his designee must remain on the premises at all times while the preceptee is performing the following procedures:

(a) adjusting of the articulation of the spinal column;

(b) diagnosis of the articulation of the spinal column;

(c) manipulation of the articulation of the spinal column; and

(d) therapeutic positioning of the articulation of the spinal column.

R156-73-308. Renewal Cycle - Procedures.

(1) In accordance with Subsection 58-1-308(1), the renewal date for the two-year renewal cycle applicable to licensees under Title 58, Chapter 73, is established by rule in Section R156-1-308a.

(2) Renewal procedures shall be in accordance with Section R156-1-308c.

R156-73-501. Unprofessional Conduct.

"Unprofessional conduct" includes:

(1) keeping the office, instruments, laboratory, equipment, appliances or supplies in an unsafe or unsanitary condition;

(2) engaging in advertising which is misleading because of omission of necessary material information, which contains false or misleading statements, or which otherwise operates to deceive;

(3) engaging in or abetting deceptive or fraudulent billing practices;

(4) engaging in sexual contact with a patient, with or without patient consent, within 12 months of last treatment;

(5) engaging in sexual activities or contact with a former patient, with or without consent, after 12 months of last treatment if there is a risk of exploitation or potential harm to the former patient;

(6) engaging in behaviors in a patient/doctor relationship, including verbal, intended to sexually arouse any person or encourage sexual activity;

(7) failing to keep the division informed of a current address and telephone number;

(8) advertising acupuncture services or practicing clinical acupuncture techniques beyond the scope of the certification held;

(9) advertising as an "acupuncturist" either verbally or in print;

(10) failing to maintain responsibility for care, billing and documentation in a group practice, multidisciplinary practice or third-party ownership practice;

(11) engaging in any act or practice in a professional capacity which the licensee is not competent to perform through education or training;

(12) administering injections through the skin, limited to subcutaneous or intramuscular administration, of any substances other than non-prescription drugs as defined in Subsections 58-17b-102(39) or non-controlled substances as defined in Subsection 58-37-2(1)(f)(ii);

(13) administering injections of non-prescription drugs or non-controlled substances without sufficient competency and training as demonstrated by the following:

(a) completion of a recognized course on injectables and their administration, under the sponsorship of or approved by an institution, organization or association meeting the continuing education standards as defined in Section R156-73-303b; and

(b) receiving a passing score on a certifying examination; and

(14) delegating the administration of injections to a chiropractic assistant.

R156-73-502. Chiropractic Assistant.

In accordance with Subsection 58-73-102(3), a chiropractic assistant may perform activities related to the practice of chiropractic in accordance with the following:

(1) The supervising chiropractic physician shall:

(a) be currently licensed in Utah;

(b) be responsible for the chiropractic activities and services performed by the assistant; and

(c) always be available to provide advice, instruction and consultation.

(2) The supervising chiropractic physician shall never delegate the following to a chiropractic assistant:

(a) adjustment of the articulation of the spinal column;

(b) diagnosis of the articulation of the spinal column;

(c) manipulation of the articulation of the spinal column;

(d) therapeutic positioning of the articulation of the spinal column; and

(e) administration of injections per Subsection R156-73-501(14).

R156-73-601. Competency Requirements to Perform Acupuncture.

The requirements to demonstrate competency and training to perform clinical acupuncture include:

(1) Licensees who provided acupuncture services as a part of their practice prior to January 1, 2002 are not required to meet the requirements of Subsections (2) or (3), but are required to complete a recognized clinical acupuncture course sponsored by an institution or organization approved to sponsor continuing education, as defined in Section R156-73-303b, consisting of at least 100 classroom hours of instruction and passing a certifying examination in order to continue to provide clinical acupuncture as a part of their practice after January 1, 2002.

(2) Licensees who begin providing clinical acupuncture as a part of their practice on or after January 1, 2002 and prior to January 1, 2005 shall:

(a) complete a recognized clinical acupuncture course sponsored by an institution or organization approved to sponsor continuing education, as defined in Section R156-73-303b, consisting of at least 200 classroom hours of instruction and passing a certifying examination; or

(b) complete a recognized clinical acupuncture course sponsored by an institution or organization approved to sponsor continuing education, as defined in Section R156-73-303b, consisting of at least 100 classroom hours of instruction, passing a certifying examination, and completing 100 hours of clinical experience under the indirect supervision of a licensed health care provider who has met the requirements in Subsection (1) or (2)(a), and has practiced clinical acupuncture for at least two years.

(3) Licensees who begin providing clinical acupuncture as a part of their practice on or after January 1, 2005 shall:

(a) meet the requirements to take and receive a passing score on the NBCE Acupuncture Examination; or

(b) meet the requirements to take and receive a passing score on the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) Examination.

R156-73-602. Advisory Peer Committee Created - Membership - Duties.

In accordance with Subsection 58-73-602(3), there is created the Quality and Standards Committee as an advisory peer committee to the Chiropractic Physician Licensing Board consisting of five chiropractic physicians licensed and in good standing in Utah who are qualified by education, training and experience to competently act in quality care review.

R156-73-603. Standards for Practice of Animal Chiropractic.

In accordance with Subsection 58-28-307(12)(a), a chiropractic physician practicing animal chiropractic shall have completed an animal chiropractic course approved by the American Chiropractic Veterinary Association (ACVA) or another course that is substantially equivalent to the ACVA course.

R156-73-605. Review of Applicant's Qualification for Licensure.

All new licensees may be requested to attend a regularly scheduled Board meeting within six months of license activation at which time their qualifications may be reviewed.

KEY

chiropractors, licensing, chiropractic physician

Date of Enactment or Last Substantive Amendment

August 24, 2009

Notice of Continuation

February 11, 2016

Authorizing, Implemented, or Interpreted Law

58-73-101; 58-1-106(1)(a); 58-1-202(1)(a)


Additional Information

Contact

For questions regarding the content or application of rules under Title R156, please contact the promulgating agency (Commerce, Occupational and Professional Licensing). A list of agencies with links to their homepages is available at http://www.utah.gov/government/agencylist.html or from http://www.rules.utah.gov/contact/agencycontacts.htm.