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“Continuing Education Re-Licensure Requirements”
I have spent the better part of the last few days trying to convince a licensure board that the courses taken by one of our doctors meets their requirements for documentation/history taking. I want you to know that I have failed miserably in attempting to convince them to accept our courses because the category of course we submitted does not cover that particular topic for that particular state…. AND… the law is the law!!! The secretary for the state board informing that the doctor was told on July 9 that he had until July 20 to submit his 4 credits required in this category. The doctor called me Friday, July 20 at 1 PM Eastern time to get him back a clarification document by the end of day that documentation /history taking was in the courses he took. As I was on the beach with my grandchildren, I informed him that there was no way I would be able to accommodate him and would do so on Monday, 3 days past the deadline.
On Monday I submitted a letter of and the secretary for the state board of chiropractic called me for clarification. After a lengthy conversation this doctor will be denied. In part because our course does not cover the particular item that he needs for re-licensure and secondarily for “non-timeliness of submission.” I did however communicate with the board member and found out this doctor will be sanctioned and fined, but the doctor will be allowed to keep his license, however with a permanent negative comment on his license that will remain there.
In a totally separate scenario, a doctor did not check off the box on the form stating that he completed his continuing education credits when he mail back his re-licensure fee. Six months later Allstate, upon investigating his license to be valid prior to paying a claim noticed this and refused to pay his claims because his state chiropractic board would not renew his license without acknowledgment of continuing education taken. In addition, his licensure board will not retroactively approve his continuing education although he showed documentation that he had taken it in a timely manner because it is their policy to function only in a “real time” scenario.
Therefore, this doctor was practicing chiropractic without a license for six months, which is a felony in every state and this doctor had to hire a team of lawyers to unravel the mess caused from not pay careful attention to detail. It is still pending.
Lastly, another doctor had his staff watch the videos for the course and when he went to take the post-test failed. This doctor called me on the day is license renewal was due trying to explain to me that there was an error in our system and I should give him the credits because he is “against the wall” with time for licensure renewal. I told him that we are audited on a regular basis and maintain logs of when courses were taken, how long he watched the video, the IP address of where the course was taken and test results so that we can issue credits as earned. This doctor did not earn the credits for the course and was denied the credits.
It is getting so crazy with state licensure boards that one board is considering retinal scans as verification for attendance of online courses. The solutions are very simple:
- 1. Pay careful attention to continuing education deadlines and ensure you have the appropriate credits in the right categories at least two months in advance to give you time to take additional credits should you have made a mistake.
- 2. Have a high level of ethics and take the courses you reported as taken and conclude all components of that course inclusive of post-testing and course evaluations.
- 3. The material you learn, should you have chosen the appropriate courses will significantly add to your CV, knowledge base, patient care and referrals.
There are no shortcuts to your clinical knowledge and resultant success and it requires exquisite attention to detail!
Mark Studin DC, FASBE(C), DAAPM, DAAMLP
Adjunct Associate Professor of Chiropractic, University of Bridgeport, College of Chiropractic
Adjunct Post Graduate Faculty, Cleveland University-Kansas City, College of Chiropractic
Adjunct Professor, Division of Clinical Sciences, Texas Chiropractic College
Graduate Medical Educational Presenter, Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education Joint Partnership with the State University of New York at Buffalo, School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences
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