Florida Rules Update – THREE New Rule Amendments Effective Now: CEs, Records Retention, CCPAs
The Florida Board of Chiropractic Medicine recently adopted new Rule language impacting continuing education; communication with patients and the Department of Health regarding your records upon retirement, moving, or closing a practice; and, the DC supervision of CCPAs.
1. Continuing Education (Rule 64B2-13.004): Effective May 3, 2023, several changes took place regarding CE courses and attendance:
- Challenge questions are no longer required for online courses.
- No CE course can be repeated for credit within the same biennium.
- Licensees will be able to take CE courses for credit in “imaging” technique which has been expanded from “x-ray” technique.
- Licensees will be able to take courses for credit in Practice Management and cost containment which has been defined as, “the development or mechanics of establishing and managing an office, including enhancement of patient care, insurance issues, and working with managed care programs. It does not include methods of increasing business profits, marketing of chiropractic services, investments, or financial management.”
- Recording attendance: A signed declaration statement of course completion from a licensee will be valid form of recording attendance, removing the requirement for signing in and out of classes. The licensee is required to retain course completion certificates for four years and is required to submit this documentation to the Board upon request.
2. Time limitations – Retention of Chiropractic Records (Rule 64B2-17.006): Effective 04/23/2023 impacts how patients and the Department of Health are informed of the new location of a patient’s medical records. In situations where you close a practice, put it in retired status, when a successor of a deceased DC takes over the practice or in situations where you move greater than 20 miles away, you are no longer required to notify patients (of last two years) of the location of your records via publication in a newspaper. You will now have the option of notifying patients and the Department of Health via electronic mail.
3. CCPA Rule Change (Rule 64B2-18.001) – Effective 2/19/2023: The number of CCPAs a chiropractic physician can supervise has increased from 2 to 10. In addition, the
supervising physician is no longer required to be within 30 minutes from the CCPA. The DC must be must be available to the CCPA either in person or by communication
The Florida Chiropractic Association represents its members at each of the quarterly Florida Board of Chiropractic Medicine meetings – just one of the valuable services provided by your membership support.