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------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------PROPOSED ORDER
An order of the Chiropractic Examining Board to repeal Chir 5.02 (3); to amend Chir 5.01 (1) (a), (1g) (a), (1r) (a), (2) (b), and (3), 5.02 (1) (intro.), (a), (b), (bm), (c), (f), and (h), (2) (a), and (4) (a) 4., 5., and 6., and 5.03 (intro.); and to create Chir 5.01 (1) (g), (1g) (c), (1r) (c), (4), and (5), 5.02 (1) (i), and 5.03 (6), relating to continuing education.
Analysis prepared by the Department of Safety and Professional Services.
Statutes interpreted:
Sections 446.025 (3) (b), 446.026 (3) (b), and 446.028, Stats.
Statutory authority:
Sections 15.08 (5) (b) and 227.11 (2) (a), Stats.
Explanation of agency authority:
Section 15.08 (5) (b), Stats., provides that an examining board, such as the Chiropractic Examining Board, “[s]hall promulgate rules for its own guidance and for the guidance of the trade or profession to which it pertains . . .”
Section 227.11 (2) (a), Stats., sets forth the parameters of an agency’s rule-making authority, stating an agency “may promulgate rules interpreting the provisions of any statute enforced or administered by the agency. . .but a rule is not valid if the rule exceeds the bounds of correct interpretation.”
Related statute or rule:
Plain language analysis:
The Board conducted an evaluation and update of ch. Chir 5 to ensure consistency with current practices and applicable Wisconsin statutes. As a result, the following updates have been made:
- The date referenced in s. Chir 5.01 (1) (a), (1g) (a), (1r) (a), and (2) (b) is revised from December 14 to December 15 to align with the renewal date under s. 440.08 (2) (a) 24., Stats.
- Section Chir 5.01 (1) (g), (1g) (c), and (1r) (c) are created to allow a chiropractor, chiropractic radiological technician, or chiropractic technician to acquire a portion of their required continuing education credit hours by participating in online continuing education programs approved by the Board. This provision first applies to the renewal period ending on December 15, 2022.
- Section Chir 5.01 (3) is revised and s. Chir 5.01 (5) is created to comply with s. 440.03 (4m), Stats., as created by 2017 Wisconsin Act 59. Under this provision, the Board may require a credential holder to submit proof of completing continuing education programs or courses only if a complaint is made against the credential holder.
- Section Chir 5.02 (1) (a) is revised to remove the American Chiropractic Association (ACA) as an approved program sponsor, as the ACA is not included in the definition of “program sponsor” under s. 446.028, Stats.
- The requirement under s. Chir 5.02 (1) (b) and (2) (a) that program subject matter relates to improving the clinical skills of a chiropractor and is generally taught at the undergraduate or postgraduate level of a chiropractic college meeting the requirements of s. Chir 2.02 (6) (b) is revised. The revised requirement is that program subject matter contributes to the advancement, extension, and enhancement of the clinical skills of a chiropractor and fosters the enhancement of general or specialized practice and values.
- Section Chir 5.02 (1) (i) is created to require an online continuing education program to include a written assessment instrument that is designed to ensure active participation in the program and that a measurable benefit was derived from participation, and also include means to furnish each participant with evidence of having attended the program.
- Section Chir 5.03 is revised to require the Board to deny approval of a continuing education program for any of the enumerated reasons. Current rules allow the Board to exercise discretionary authority in issuing a denial.
- Other provisions throughout ch. Chir 5 have been revised to provide clarity and conform to current drafting standards.
Summary of, and comparison with, existing or proposed federal regulation:
Comparison with rules in adjacent states:
Illinois: Rules of the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation address continuing medical education (CME) for persons licensed to practice chiropractic in Illinois (68 Ill. Adm. Code 1285.110). A CME program must be sponsored by one of the following:
- The Accreditation Council on Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) and organizations accredited by ACCME as sponsors of CME.
- The Illinois State Medical Society or its affiliates.
- The Illinois Chiropractic Society or its affiliates.
- The Illinois Prairie State Chiropractic Association or its affiliates.
- The International Chiropractic Association or its affiliates.
- The American Chiropractic Association or its affiliates.
- Any other accredited school, college or university, state agency, or any other person, firm, or - association that has been approved and authorized by the Department.
A CME program must meet all of the following requirements:
- Contributes to the advancement, extension and enhancement of the professional skills and scientific knowledge of the licensee.
- Fosters the enhancement of general or specialized practice and values.
- Is developed and presented by persons with education, experience, or both in the subject matter of the program.
- Specifies the course objectives, course content and teaching methods to be used.
- Specifies the number of CME hours that may be applied to fulfilling the Illinois CME requirements for license renewal.
- Provides a mechanism for evaluation of the program and instructor by the participants.
- Provides each participant in the program with a certificate of attendance or participation.
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