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AK Chiropractic Statutes Modified for FIRST Time since 1988!

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 Alaska Chiropractic Statutes Modified for FIRST Time Since 1988!

ANCHORAGE, AK - June 03, 2016 - The Alaska Chiropractic Society (ACS), the voice of the chiropractic profession in the State of Alaska, is proud to announce Senate Bill 69 (SB69) was signed into law at 9:30 am by Governor Bill Walker on Tuesday, May 17, 2016!  This marks the first time since 1988 the Chiropractic Statues in Alaska have been modified.  The ACS Executive Board - President Dr. Todd Curzie, Vice-President Dr. Kelly Ryan, Secretary Dr. Joel Adkins, Treasurer Dr. John Pairmore - and the entire Legislative Committee, chaired by Dr. Edward Barrington, have been working diligently on issues of concern for Doctors of Chiropractic in Alaska.  SB69 was introduced 03/16/2015 with Senator Bill Stoltze as sponsor.  SB69 Sponsor Statement.  The two-year path through the legislative process was filled with exciting last minute notifications of committee hearings and floor votes.  Senator Stoltze, his staff member Brandon Brefczynski, and ACS Lobbyist Jeff Logan deserve massive praise for hand walking us through the process.  I would also like to give a shout out to Dr. Patricia Conners-Allen and Dr. Jennifer Jozwiak for coming to our assistance to attend committee hearings and testifying in person as well as the multitude of DCs statewide who contacted their State Senators and Representatives in support of SB69.  ACS needs to extend a GREAT BIG THANK YOU to Dr. Edward Barrington for his tireless efforts  championing SB69.  Dr. Barrington sacrificed office hours on multiple occasions to travel to Juneau and testify.  We all owe him a great debt of gratitude. 

Officially, SB69 was introduced to address training and utilization of chiropractic clinical assistants and interns; strengthen current law allowing chiropractors to perform school physicals (physicals required to enter school, pre-participation sports physicals, etc.); revise penalties for fraudulent practices; and update definitions and modernize terminology. 

Here's an overview of the major components:  Chiropractic interns/preceptors - because our statues were silent on this topic, the Board of Chiropractic Examiners needed authority to define (regulate) the standards of who can preceptor a chiropractic student in the State of Alaska and what the scope of practice of a chiropractic intern will be.  The Board of Chiropractic Examiners is currently working to write the regulations for this program.  ACS is assisting with gathering information from other states and chiropractic colleges on requirements.

Chiropractic Clinical Assistants - allows a DC to employ and supervise services of chiropractic clinical assistants and grants the Board of Chiropractic Examiners authority to define what the required standards of training and education will be for certification.  A regulations project is underway by the Board of Chiropractic Examiners  for the AK-CCA Certification program.  It was important that our Chiropractic Board be in charge of this rather than an outside agency or insurance company.  The Alaska Chiropractic Society has recommended the Certified Chiropractic Clinical Assistant Program developed and administered by the Federation of Chiropractic Licensing Board as the model to follow. 

School/Sports Physicals - by removing "sign" and "before they enter school" and adding "perform" instead as well as the addition of the verbiage "preparticipation physical examinations for sports and school activities" our chiropractic statutes now clearly state chiropractors have the authority to perform ALL types of required physical examinations of school age children.  It's important to remember that this was not an expansion of our scope of practice but a clarification.  DCs have always had the authority to do school physicals.

Minor components:  Increases fines for practicing with a fraudulent license or without a chiropractic license - makes both a Class A Misdemeanor (up to $10,000 fine).  Previously it was a $500 and $1000 fine, respectively. 

Expands who can perform a chiropractic examination - adds chiropractic clinical assistant and chiropractic intern under the supervision of a DC - needed because of establishment of an Intern Program and Certified Chiropractic Clinical Assistant Program. 

Changes name of Peer Review Committee to Utilization Review Committee.  Committee function is not to investigate complaints regarding a DC's license, it is to review complaints concerning the reasonableness or appropriateness of care provided, fees charged, or costs for services rendered by a DC in the State of Alaska.  This change better titles the committee for the function it performs.  Peer Review requests were coming in and automatically being referred to Investigations rather than Peer Review Committee. 

While SB69 has an effective date of 08/15/2016, it's important to remember that regulations have not been written yet regarding some of the key components of this law - Preceptor/Intern Program and Certified Chiropractic Clinical Assistant Program.  The Alaska Chiropractic Society will keep DCs updated as the regulations project advances. 

About Alaska Chiropractic Society

A not-for-profit organization, the Alaska Chiropractic Society (ACS) represents and serves all Doctors of Chiropractic in Alaska.  Our objective is to seek and insure competent care and adequate safeguards to the public and to educate the public in the healing art of chiropractic.  The Alaska Chiropractic Society mission is to enhance the profession and public health through organized leadership, education, and the promotion of the chiropractic discipline and practice.  The ACS vision is striving to create patient centered leaders to enhance health and well-being. 

Visit http://www.akchiro.org/ or call 907-903-1350. Social Media: Facebook, Twitter

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