Public Hearing for Lawmaker’s Bills to Reform Regulations on Chiropractors Takes Place

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Two bills filed by State Representative James Arciero to reform the current regulations regarding the chiropractic practice had a public hearing before the Joint Committee on Public Health at the State House.

The legislation, House Bill 1839: An Act Relative to students of chiropractic, and House Bill 1840: An Act Relative to continuing education requirements for chiropractors; were filed in an attempt to modernize the chiropractic practice in Massachusetts.

“Currently in Massachusetts, when a chiropractic student is engaged as a preceptor intern they are limited to only conducting examinations and minimal office procedures which has the effect of limiting their learning experience while interning. This bill would correct this limitation in law by allowing for the student to practice the full scope of chiropractic care” said Arciero in regards to H.1839.

Both pieces of legislation would greatly reform the chiropractic practice in Massachusetts. House Bill 1839 would allow chiropractic preceptor interns to practice the full scope of chiropractic care under the stewardship of a licensed chiropractor, therefore greatly enhancing their preceptor experience and increasing their knowledge. House Bill 1840 would allow the Massachusetts Chiropractic Society (MCS) to ensure the quality and validity of continuing education courses which will in effect protect public interest by ensuring the highest skill levels and integrity for all practicing chiropractors in the commonwealth.

“In recent years, the re-licensing process has been diluted by for-profit education companies. Although some have adequate standards, the process of providing continuing education is becoming questionable or even fraudulent. In some cases, doctors pay surrogates to participate in viewing online educational classes and then having a staff member take the cursory exam, thus meeting the minimal requirements of the for-profit educational company but possibly putting the public at risk” Arciero said in his testimony on H.1840.

Testifying with Representative Arciero was a panel of representatives from the Massachusetts Chiropractic Society, including Dr. Steven Saro, a Westford Resident. The bills will now be reviewed by the membership of the Joint Committee on Public Health and will have to act on the bill before March of next year.