The Federation of Chiropractic Licensing Boards (FCLB) has changed its regulatory guidelines and launched new continuing education courses specifically designed to help chiropractors protect themselves and their patients from COVID-19 and other infectious diseases and viruses.
“In the early days of the virus, the FCLB was quick to acknowledge that chiropractors are indispensable healthcare providers and assist state agencies in advancing that position against their respective governors and health leaders,” said Karlos Boghosian, DC, president of the FCLB. “Following the endorsement of the FCLB, some states have reassessed their position regarding chiropractors as essential health workers.”
On March 28, the Department of Homeland Security’s CISA officially identified chiropractors as primary care providers. In April 2020, the state of Colorado issued a proclamation designating April 24, 2020 as Colorado Chiropractic Regulation Day. The proclamation was presented in recognition of the FCLB’s mission to protect the public by promoting excellence in chiropractic care.
In support of the efforts of the state chiropractic boards to help chiropractors communicate with patients, the FCLB created resources for use by boards and chiropractors. These resources included a video discussing steps boards and chiropractors should take to understand their specific government requirements, restrictions, and advice when reopening clinics or caring for patients during the global pandemic.
“Providers of Approved Continuing Education (PACE) have been quick to add unique continuing education courses that address the COVID-19 virus,” added Boghosian. “The courses will include clinical considerations on COVID-19, preparing staff for clinical support to work in a COVID-19 environment, and government guidance on implementing telehealth platforms during and after COVID-19.”
The FCLB worked directly with government licensing agencies to disseminate information on industry best practices in telehealth. The FCLB reminds practitioners that the proper telehealth structure is HIPAA compliant, including secure patient reporting, electronic health records, patient scheduling, and use of health records. In addition, the best practices emphasize the use of computers with HIPAA-compliant security requirements that perform synchronous video functions.
“The FCLB works with government chiropractic bodies to ensure continuity and regulations that specifically affect patient health and safety. It is recommended that practitioners seek advice on telehealth requirements from their state licensing agency and malpractice providers, ”concluded Boghosian.
Via the Federation of Chiropractic Licensing Boards
The Federation of Chiropractic Licensing Boards (FCLB) is a 501 (c) (3) not-for-profit organization that consists of the United States Chiropractic Licensing Boards, certain Canadian provincial registration boards, and the Chiropractic Licensing Board of New Zealand. The FCLB relieves the state government by providing programs and services for its members. Karlos Boghosian, DC, is the current President of the Federation of Chiropractic Licensing Boards.