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Tuesday, April 22, 2014 02:06 PM

The Rules Committee of the TBCE is gathering stakeholder input on continuing education, inactive status and whether or not there should be "chiropractic specialties."

 

CONTINUING EDUCATION 
 
Board Rule 73.3 requires DCs to complete 16 hours of CE each year.  Currently, only 6 hours are allowed to be taken online.  Additionally, "video" courses are not allowed to be used for CE credit.  Finally, there are currently restrictions on who can teach a CE course.  The Rules Committee is gathering information about whether the number of online hours should be increased (and if so, by how much) and whether video courses should be allowed, given the nature of online media.  Also, the Committee is gathering information about whether additional health care professionals should be allowed to teach CE.
Additionally, Rule 73.3 requires 4 of the 16 CE hours to be in "required" topics - 2 hours in ethics, 1 hour in risk management and 1 hour in coding/documentation.  The Rules Committee is gathering information about whether these hours should be changed (increased, decreased, certain hours eliminated, etc).

INACTIVE STATUS  
 
Board Rule 73.4 allows DCs to put their licenses on an inactive status if they are not actively practicing.  Currently, DCs are allowed to stay on an inactive status for a maximum of 5 years.
 
The Rules Committee is gathering information about whether licensees should be allowed to stay on inactive status for a longer period of time before being required to renew in an active status (which requires completion of CE hours).  It has been suggested that the maximum inactive status be increased from 5 years to 20 years.

SPECIALTIES  
 
Board Rule 71.15 currently recognizes two specialty fields - chiropractic orthopedics and chiropractic radiology.  In December 2012, the Board voted to repeal Rule 71.13, which allowed other specialty fields to apply to the Board for recognition.  The Board's intent was to discontinue formally recognizing individual specialty fields, while still allowing licensees to publicize credentials earned in these fields.
 
The Rules Committee is gathering information about whether Board Rule 71.15 should be repealed, since the Board is no longer recognizing individual specialty fields.