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Alaska Board of Chiropractic Examiners Appoints NEW Members!

Friday, March 3, 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Sheri Ryan
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Governor Bill Walker has appointed two NEW members to the Board of Chiropractic Examiners - Dr. Brian Larson in Soldotna and Dr. Jonathan Vito in Anchorage.  I hope that you all take this opportunity to welcome Dr. Larson and Dr. Vito to the BOCE!  These new appointees will serve a four year term from 03/01/2017 through 03/01/2021.  Both Dr. Larson and Dr. Vito are members of the Alaska Chiropractic Society!

Dr. Larson and Dr. Vito join Dr. Jeffrey Reinhardt and ACS Member Dr. Walter Campbell (Chair) on the Board of Chiropractic Examiners.  

ACS would like to extend a HUGE thanks to ACS Members Dr. Daniel Holt and Dr. Edward Barrington for their service to the chiropractors in the State of Alaska.  We greatly appreciate your hard work.  

Dr. Holt served for eight years and completed two terms of service (03/01/2009 through 03/01/2017).  

Dr. Edward Barrington was reappointed to the Board in 2013 after finishing out previous board member Dr. Rosemary Zimmerman's term.  Dr. Barrington completed two terms of service (06/20/2012 through 03/01/2017).  

What does the Board of Chiropractic Examiners do?  Here's a list of their goals/objectives from their most recent Board meeting in January, 2017.  

Goal 1: Carry out assigned duties of the board:

  • Objective 1: Conduct a minimum of three board meetings a year and rotate the location of the meetings between different regions of the state.
  •  Objective 2: Continue licensing chiropractic physicians and processing applications in a timely manner.
  • Objective 3: Review investigative reports, monitor disciplinary actions and provide professional direction to Division investigative staff regarding disciplinary actions, probation matters, criminal history record information and chiropractic practice.
  •  Objective 4: Utilize the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (NBCE) Special Purposes Examination for Chiropractic (SPEC) and Ethics & Boundaries Examination (E&B) in memorandum of agreements.
  •  Objective 5: Continue to review and process requests for continuing education credit approval in a timely manner.
  •  Objective 6: Continue to administer the jurisprudence exam concurrent with Board meetings and to include candidate interviews as part of the examination.

Goal 2: Provide information regarding board activities to the profession and the public.

  • Objective 1: Inform all licensees of any pending regulation changes in the customary manner.
  • Objective 2: Provide a public comment period at each meeting.
  • Objective 3: Address concerns presented by licensees and the public at each meeting.
  • Objective 4: Provide copies of agendas and/or minutes of the meetings to all who request them.
  • Objective 5: Continue to work with other licensing boards, at both the district and national level.
  • Objective 6: Continue to address the reporting requirements for domestic violence and sexual assault.
  • Objective 7: Support efforts to educate the public regarding the benefit of chiropractic care as a health care form.
  • Objective 8: Raise awareness regarding public health, emergency training, hazardous materials and OSHA requirements.
  • Objective 9: Ensure current information is available on the Board website through regular updates by staff and regular monitoring by Board members.

Goal 3: Continue affiliation with the Alaska Chiropractic Society (ACS) to work cooperatively in the best interest of the profession and the public.

  • Objective 1: Encourage regular Alaska Chiropractic Society (ACS) participation at Board meetings.
  • Objective 2: Support the Alaska Chiropractic Society (ACS) in its efforts to provide information to the profession and the public.
  • Objective 3: Support the Alaska Chiropractic Society (ACS) in its efforts in pursuing 298 statutory changes relevant to the profession and public safety.
  • Objective 4: Support the Alaska Chiropractic Society (ACS) in pursuing statutory authority for licensing chiropractic assistants, technicians and interns/preceptors.
  • Objective 5: Support the Alaska Chiropractic Society (ACS) in its efforts in pursuing a statutory change to allow for animal chiropractic in cooperation with the Veterinary Board.

Goal 4: Access and evaluate regulations.

  • Objective 1: Continue to assess and evaluate continuing education requirements.
  • Objective 2: Continue to assess and evaluate radiological safety, professional ethics and boundaries, public health and emergency training.
  • Objective 3: Proactively make recommendations through regulations to anticipate changes in the health industry.

Goal 5: Assess and evaluate the review process available through the Peer Review Committee.

  • Objective 1: Refine procedures for committee review of cases and the reporting process; consider establishing criteria (guidelines) for utilization review under 12 AAC 16.430.
  • Objective 2: Direct review inquiries to the committee. Objective 3: Keep the committee roster fully staffed with three chiropractors and one public member at all times.

Goal 6: Continue affiliation with the Federation of Chiropractic Licensing Boards (FCLB), the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (NBCE), the Association of Chiropractic Board Administrators (ACBA), and the Council on Chiropractic Education (CCE), as well as the Council on Licensure, Enforcement and Regulation (CLEAR) and the Federation of Associations of Regulatory Boards (FARB):

  • Objective 1: Promote attendance of Board members and staff at district and annual meetings of the FCLB and NBCE in order to provide input and obtain information at both national and state levels regarding matters impacting Alaska Chiropractors.
  • Objective 2: Work with the FCLB on maintaining a listing of Alaskan Chiropractors on the National Database (CIN-BAD).
  • Objective 3: Promote attendance of Board members at the semi-annual NBCE Part IV Examinations and Part IV Examination Review committee meetings of the NBCE to provide input and obtain information on the Exams required for chiropractic licensure in Alaska.
  • Objective 4: Promote attendance of the Licensing Examiner at the annual meetings of the ACBA and FCLB to provide input and obtain information at both national and state levels regarding matters impacting the regulation and licensure of Alaskan Chiropractors.
  • Objective 5: Promote attendance by Board members and staff at the annual CLEAR and/or FARB conferences. 299

Goal 7: The Board will endeavor, through the legislative process, to add the Board of Chiropractic Examiners to relevant centralized and non-centralized statutes that enhance the profession and its administrative efficiency.

  • Objective 1: The Board will pursue authority to utilize National Criminal History Record checks under AS 12.62.200, and will pursue similar authority under AS 08.20.
  • Objective 2: The Board will pursue inclusion into AS 08.01.050(d) for the purpose of providing licensed chiropractors the resources needed to address abuse of alcohol, drugs, or other substances.

 

For information about becoming a board member, visit the Governor’s Boards and Commissions web page.

 


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