2020 is the year of our Sunset. This is the time when our practice act is up for renewal. The CCA has been instrumental in preparing for this year starting with a survey that went out to the profession early 2019. Results were then tabulated. Together with our attorney, recommendations were formulated that were approved unanimously by CCA’s Board of Directors. These recommendations were ultimately presented to The Colorado Office of Policy, Research and Regulatory Reform, the division within DORA charged with reviewing all practice acts that “sunset”. We are happy to report that of DORA’s 8 recommendations, 4 of the recommendations came from the CCA report. DORA released their final report and recommendations October 15, 2019. To read their report, click here.
Legislative session has started as of January 8, 2020. The first step is DORA will go before committee to present their findings and report released Oct.15, 2019. A bill was then drafted based on the recommendations from DORA and the bill moved through the session as any normal bill would.
2020 was a year we could have NEVER predicted!! We are very happy to report that given all the unforeseen circumstances, government shut downs, the Chiropractic Sunset Bill was signed into law by Governor Jared Polis on June 29, 2020 and became effective July 1, 2020!
The act implements the recommendations of the department of regulatory agencies’ 2019 sunset review and report on the functions of the Colorado state board of chiropractic examiners (board) by:
- BILL SUMMARY
- Continuing the board for 9 years, until 2029;
- Repealing the requirement that members of the board be citizens of the United States;
- Repealing the requirement that an applicant for licensure pass the examination given by the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners and authorizing the board to determine the appropriate examination;
- Changing the continuing education requirements for a licensed chiropractor (licensee) from 15 hours annually to 30 hours every 2 years;
- Clarifying the grounds for discipline of a licensee concerning the use or abuse of controlled substances or alcohol and modifying the definition of “unethical advertising”;
- Requiring a licensee to notify the board of any physical or mental conditions that limit the ability to safely deliver chiropractic services and allowing the board to enter into an agreement with the licensee that specifies the limitations on the licensee’s practice;
- Clarifying that a license is not prohibited or required for a chiropractic student or intern to perform chiropractic services in this state while under the supervision of a licensee; and
- Allowing chiropractic students at board-approved schools to perform supervised chiropractic services with the signed, written consent of the patient.
(Note: This summary applies to this bill as enacted.)
To read the full bill, click here! https://leg.colorado.gov/bills/hb20-1210