BILL SUMMARY for SB09-167
HOUSE COMMITTEE ON HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
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Moved to refer Senate Bill 09-167, as amended, to
|Pass Without Objection|
02:46 PM -- Senate Bill 09-167
Representative Kefalas presented Senate Bill 09-167 which continues the regulation of chiropractors by the Department of Regulatory Agencies until July 1, 2010, and implements the recommendations of the department in its 2008 sunset review. The bill:
- increases the amount of liability insurance required from $100,000 to $300,000 per claim and from $300,000 to $1.0 million per year;
- permits the Board of Chiropractic Examiners to discipline a licensed chiropractor for failing to respond to a board-generated complaint;
- modifies the length of term for members of the board;
- limits the amount of fines that may be imposed on a chiropractor;
- authorizes temporary licenses for chiropractors from other states who treat members of visiting sports teams; and
- allows a licensed chiropractor to supervise up to five unlicensed persons as chiropractic assistants; however, chiropractic assistants may not perform a diagnosis, an adjustment, or acupuncture.
In addition, the bill modifies existing law to permit animal chiropractic practice (AC) on dogs and horses. Specifically, it:
- limits AC only to registered and licensed professionals;
- defines the scope of practice, educational requirements, and continuing education requirements;
- requires clearance from a veterinarian to perform unsupervised AC;
- permits unlicensed professionals to perform AC if under the direct supervision of a veterinarian;
- authorizes the DORA to adopt rules; and
- extends title protection to chiropractors who also perform AC.
02:50 PM -- Eric Morgan, Colorado Chiropractors Coalition, presented an issue to the committee regarding chiropractors being allow to prescribe nutritional remedial measures. He stated that the Colorado Medical Society is in opposition to an amendment to address the issue. He stated the bill sponsor and other stakeholders have agreed to sit down and work on the issue. Representative Riesberg stated that since the amendment was not in the bill, the committee could not discuss the issue at this time.
Steve Schuster's written testimony was provided to the committee (Attachment B).
|TIME: || 02:56:42 PM|
|MOTION:||Moved to refer Senate Bill 09-167, as amended, to the Committee on Appropriations. The motion passed on a 11-0 roll call vote.|
Final YES: 11 NO: 0 EXC: 0 ABS: 0 FINAL ACTION: PASS
The committee adjourned.