Thanks to everyone who participated in this year’s District meetings in Jersey City, New Jersey; Coeur d’Alene, Idaho; and Fort Walton Beach, Florida. It was a pleasure to meet with all of you. Special thanks to the New Hampshire State Chiropractic Society, Connecticut Chiropractic Council, Idaho Association of Chiropractic Physicians, Pennsylvania Chiropractic Association, New York Chiropractic Council, and Texas Chiropractic Association for their generous support. Also, thanks to the district representatives of the NBCE.
DISTRICT MEETING UPDATE
This year’s FCLB regional meeting focused on many regulatory and administrative challenges currently facing boards, including board member scope of authority, board and staff communication, physicians with impairment, and proactive rules for frequent issues.
As in past years, the roundtable discussions sparked the greatest collaboration. Some of the hot issues we discussed were the opioid crisis, multi-disciplinary clinics, and CBD products.
Specialty certifications are a big issue for all of our boards. How do boards evaluate the validity of certifications? How do advertising rules apply so that patients aren’t misled about the quality of training involved?
Deregulation continues to be a focus of boards as we all strive to balance reasonable and responsible oversight.
As we discussed at the meeting, I encourage all of our boards to take a close look at their operations and make whatever changes are necessary to keep them effective and efficient. Consider training for new board members as well as yearly self-evaluations.
With the introduction of the recent upgrades to the system our Chiropractic Information Network - Board Action Databank is ready to work for you! You voluntarily report to CIN-BAD, working hand in hand with staff to report public actions taken by your Board, now let the Database work for you! With the DHHS requirements to report to the National Practitioner Data Bank you have the option to only report once, and let CIN- BAD report to the NPDB for you! For free! Merely designate the FCLB as your authorized reporting agent for the NPDB on their website with a few clicks, then make sure you check the option on the CIN-BAD report to ensure that it is also reported to the NPDB. Simple. Quick. Efficient. Worry free!
In FCLB news, the PACE program is growing. Following a resolution put forth at our Phoenix conference in which members voted to encourage PACE participation from every board, we’ve added new services and flexibility for PACE boards and PACE users. If your board currently accepts PACE, please consider asking your staff to add a link to your website. Helping licensees find quality CE can streamline your processes significantly.
Additionally, we now have online access to CE reports for any licensees who’ve taken a PACE course. When it’s time to audit your licensee’s continuing education, chiropractors with PACE credits can simply click to send an email report directly to your board. No more paper tsunamis!
Another service available to your board is the Certified Chiropractic Clinical Assistant (CCCA) program. As more boards look at patient safety and chiropractic assistants, the need for uniform standards is increasing. Like all of our programs and services, the CCCA is designed so you don’t have to reinvent the wheel. If you are considering language to regulate chiropractic assistants, please contact us to learn how this program might help your board.
Does your board have provisions for DCs who travel with sports teams or offer disaster relief? A recent FCLB PowerPoll shows that only 17 member boards offer a temporary license that allows travel to treat. Consider checking out the FCLB’s model language to include this important service for your jurisdiction’s patients.
CBAC & CBLAC
Chiropractic board administrators and legal advisor committees are looking forward to another great meeting during the FCLB’s annual conference in Denver, Colorado. We are already hard at work collecting agenda topics and look forward to posting further details online after the first of the year.
Keep an eye out for grant applications available to members of these two committees!
Please be aware that FCLB Voting Delegate and Alternate Designations are now due 60 days prior to annual meeting (February 25, 2020 for our Denver meeting).
Additionally, proposed resolutions are due 30 days prior to the annual meeting (March 26, 2020)
Should you wish further information about this or any of the FCLB meetings, you may always contact our board via e-mail. You can also view the minutes of all our FCLB board meetings online.