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March - June 1999
CONTINUING EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
Due to some recent changes in legislation, as well as a board action taken on April 29, 1999, the MBCE will no longer be requiring continuing education in the area of infection control. This change is effective immediately. Any CE taken which included infection control will still be counted toward your total number of required hours. Therefore, by December 31, 1999, all licensees will be required to have a total of 40 hours of continuing education. Six of these hours must be in the area of diagnostic imaging. There are no other requirements related to continuing education for relicensure in 2000.
Are you not getting CE credit...?The MBCE carries only your legal name. Be sure when you register at seminars and when you sign in, you do so with the name the Board has on file for you. You must include "Jr" or "Sr" as appropriate, and not use nicknames. Finally, if you are newly married and are using a married name, you must officially change your name with the Board. Legal documentation will be necessary to make such a change.
WE NOTE THE LOSS OF . . .
Executive Director Comment - It is impossible for me to look at this list, and the list of others who have passed on, and not take pause to reflect on the very great contribution this generation of pioneers has made to the profession. I encourage readers to keep the leadership of such predecessors in mind as you strive to provide your service with ever increasing skill and dignity to those who entrust themselves to your care. - LS
Dr. John B. Wolfe, passed away at the age of 84. Dr. Wolfe may be best known as the founder of Northwestern College of Chiropractic in 1941. He served as its president until 1984, a period of 43 years. He also served for two years as the President of the Council on Chiropractic Education. Dr. Wolfe was licensed for 43 years. The profession will miss this pioneer.
Dr. George Ramsay, passed away at the age of 78. Dr. Ramsay was a graduate of Minnesota Chiropractic College. He was a licensed chiropractor for over 50 years.
Dr. Roger Arvold, passed away at the age of 70. Dr. Arvold was a graduate of Logan Chiropractic College. He was a licensed chiropractor for 39 years.
Dr. Brian J. Murphy, passed away at the age of 54. Dr. Murphy was a graduate of NWCC. He was a licensed chiropractor for almost 30 years.
Dr. Gerald E. Bol, passed away at the age of 70 while on vacation. He was an NWCC graduate and a licensed chiropractor for more than 40 years.
Action taken by the MBCE at its November 18, 1998 meeting
Authorizing resolution for experimental procedures rule was withdrawn.
Variance rule was adopted with amendments.
Legislative committee given permission to go forward with reciprocity legislation.
Mission statement was adopted as amended. (See page 10)
Action taken by the MBCE at its February 11, 1999 meeting included:
Language for Dual Acupuncture Registration was approved.
An authorizing resolution was made to start the rulemaking process to amend Minn. R. 2500.1250 Continuing Education Program Approval.
The Board adopted amended language for Emeritus Status.
Board officers were elected. The officers are:
Rosemary Kassekert, President
Leroy Otto, D.C., Vice President
Gary Pennebaker, D.C., Administrative Officer
The Board voted to have Dr. Otto and Dr. Pennebaker represent the board as FCLB and NBCE delegates.
Action taken by the MBCE at its April 29, 1999 meeting included:
The Board voted to have a letter sent to the Revisors Office to remove our requirement for Infection Control from the Rule.
The Board authorized several rules for Promulgation (see page7)
The Board agreed that Dr. Spicer would participate in the NWCC research project regarding chiropractic adjustments and ischemic events.
T he new Attorney General, Mike Hatch, along with Kris Eiden, Deputy Attorney for the Health and Licensing Section and Peter Krieser, Manager of the Licensing Division for the Attorney Generals Office were guests at the February 11, 1999 board meeting.
Attorney General Hatch expressed that the Attorney Generals Office was to be of service to the board. He encouraged ideas not only from board members, but also licensed chiropractors from throughout the state.
A Managed-care reviewer gave this critique of Schuberts Unfinished Symphony:
1. All 12 violins played the same notes. This is unnecessary duplication. Their numbers should be cut.
2. For a considerable period oboe players had nothing to do. Their numbers should be reduced and their work spread evenly among the staff.
3. No useful purpose is served by repeating with horns the passage that was already handled by the strings. If such redundancies were eliminated, the concert could be cut to 20 minutes.
4. The symphony has two movements. Mr. Schubert should have been able to achieve his musical goals in one. Conclusion: If Mr. Schubert had paid attention to these matters, he would have had time to finish the symphony.
-Contributed by Gayla Blackley
Reprinted with permission from the July 1998 Readers Digest. Copyright 1998 by the Readers Digest Assn., Inc.
RULES REGARDING ADVERTISING
All chiropractors licensed in Minnesota are responsible for being familiar and in compliance with all Statutes and Rules contained in the Minnesota Board of Chiropractic Examiners Practice Act. This would be the small, maroon, three-ring binder mailed to the entire profession in 1993 and provided to all applicants for licensure in Minnesota.
We encourage you to read Minnesota Rule 2500.0200 to 2500.0600 before initiating any advertisement. Below, we have cited some recurrent problems brought to the attention of the board in the form of complaints.
2500.0200 requires all advertisements of any nature whatsoever . . . must bear the name of the licensee or licensees.
2500.0510 requires that all advertising must use the word "chiropractor" or "chiropractic" in the name of the clinic or incorporate it into the body of the advertisement as follows:
All written advertisements must make the chiropractic reference in a print size or emphasis equal to the average print size or emphasis utilized in the rest of the advertisement; and
All verbal advertisements must make the chiropractic reference in a form as audible as the rest of the advertisement.
2500.0550 requires that, in all forms of professional reference, doctors must clearly identify themselves as chiropractors by the use of "D.C.," Doctor of Chiropractic, or Chiropractor. This does include telephone book listings, business cards, HCFA forms, telephone answering machines, etc. The key being "Professional Reference" wherein your name is being used in a professional capacity or wherever you identify yourself as a doctor.
A person who is not yet licensed, may not engage in the practice of chiropractic. Therefore, use of any these designations by an unlicenced person (yes, this means graduates) is considered false or misleading, and is subject to disciplinary action. The fact that the ad appeared only a day or two prior to your being licensed is not justification. The full text of the Rules or Statutes can be found through the boards website at www.mn-chiroboard.state.mn.us.NO HOSTAGES PLEASE . . .
According to the statutes, records must be released following the submission of a signed release by the patient. While some doctors feel that records should not be released until either the records are paid for, or until the bill is paid in full, this is not permitted. Withholding records for payment may subject the doctor to a complaint and possible disciplinary sanctions. By the way, there are updated fees doctors may charge for the provision of records. This is established in a Department of Health Brief (Brief 99-13.) You may also obtain this information through the MBCEs website ( go to "Frequently Asked Questions," then to "Access to Health Records," then take the link to "issue brief." You will be able to print the new fee schedule right from the web.CORPORATE CONFUSION . . . ?
For Professional Firms formerly known as Professional Corporations . . . .
The MBCE has received a number of 319B Professional Firm (No longer corporations) applications which list a spouse as the "Secretary" of the Professional Firm. Licensees are advised to discuss this carefully with the attorney helping them to incorporate. Typically officers of the Professional Firm (President, Vice President, or Secretary-treasurer) are technically decision makers or voters in the Professional Firm. This is referred to as "governance authority" in the statutory language. According to the statutes, the "governance authority" can only be licensees of the regulatory boards addressed in the statute. Therefore, while a spouse may be a secretary in the sense of performing staff secretarial functions for the Professional Firm, this should not be confused with the Secretary who is an officer in the Professional Firm. If this is the way you have applied for Professional Firm status, you may wish to check and repair any defects. If you fail to do so, there is the possibility that your corporate protection may be lost as a result of improper incorporation procedures.
For your convenience, we are printing a list of current sponsors. Please contact them for program availability.
Sponsors for Multiple Courses
|Academy of Physical Medicine 1998 (612-884-4276)|
|Center for Diagnostic Imaging (612-525-6334)|
|Centennial Lakes MRI 1999 (612-888-4777)|
|Daniel Dock 1998-1999 (218-525-2033), D.C.|
|Los Angeles College of Chiropractic (562-902-3379)|
|Life College 1998 - 1999 (800-543-3406)|
|Life West 1998-1999 (510-276-9013)|
|Logan College of Chiropractic 1998 - 1999 (800-842-3234)|
|MN Chiropractic Association 1998 - 1999 (651-644-5929)|
|MN Head & Neck Pain Clinic - (612-379-2353)|
|MN Open MRI 1998-1999 (651-631-0210)|
|National 1998-1999 (603-889-6620)|
|Noran 1998 - 1999 (612-879-1675)|
|NWCC- cosponsor TCC (612-885-5446)|
|NYCC 1998-1999 (800-434--3955)|
|Nutrition Dynamics 1998 - 1999 (612-479-3444)|
|Palmer College of Chiropractic 1998 - 1999 (319-884-5715)|
|Palmer College of Chiropractic West 1998-99 (800-442-4476)|
|Parker College of Chiropractic 1998-1999 (800-266-4723)|
|Physicians Diagnostic and Rehab. 1998-99 (612-931-3999)|
|Sherman College of Straight Chiro.1998-99 (864-578-8770)|
|Turtle Island Health Center 1998 - 1999 (651-291-7772)|
|The Upledger Institute - Cosponsor with ND (561-622-4334)|
|Wisconsin Chiropractic Association 1998-99 (608-256-7023)|
|Wolfe D.C., John B. 1998 (651-690-2990)|
|WSCC 1998-1999 (503-251-5718)|
All information for continuing education credits must come from the sponsor directly, not from the individual doctor. All doctors will receive a report with renewal materials mailed in October. If you would like a copy of your continuing education credit report please contact our office. These reports will be run weekly.
Individual Course Sponsors
|Access Health Max 1998 (612-858-7222)|
|AAPM 1998 (209-533-9744)|
|American Red Cross 1998 (405-232-7121)|
|Michael Appleman 1999 (612-331-9223)|
|AZ Association of Chiropractic 1998 (602-246-0664)|
|Brad Boisen 1998 (507-285-3114), D.C.|
|Canadian Memorial 1998 - 1999 (416-482-2340)|
|Chiro Care of MN Inc. 1999 (612-938-6909)|
|Copes Foundation 1999 (800-726-8869)|
|Cleveland Chiropractic College 1998 - 1999 (816-501-0100)|
|Consulting Radiologist 1998 (612-888-4777)|
|Frequency Specific Microcurrent (503-762-0805)|
|Glen Lake Seminars 1999 (612-933-8089)|
|Health Services Mgmt., Inc. (651-501-9635)|
|Lakeville Hospital 1999 (651-430-4611)|
|Peter Ladd 1998 (218-728-3686), D.C.|
|Ronald Levandoski 1998 (612-593-9159), D.D.S.|
|The McKenzie Institute 1998 (800-233-8501)|
|Midwest Health Education Forum 1998 (612-701-3268)|
|MN Trial Lawyers Association 1998 (612-375-1707)|
|MN Head and Neck Pain 1998 (612-379-2353)|
|Murr, Thomas 1998 (612-405-9368), D.C.|
|North Dakota Chiropractic Association (701-225-6819)|
|Polarity Center of Colorado 1998 (303-443-9847)|
|Ridgedale Rehab Center 1998 (612-541-0200)|
|St. Cloud Hospital (320-255-5735ext.4685)|
|Standard Process of MN Inc. 1999 (612-383-1721)|
|Seminars in Chiropractic Research ((307-721-9475)|
|Texas College of Chiropractic - 1998-1999 (800-533-9822)|
|University of Minnesota - Sch. of Nrsg. 1999 (612-625-7651)|
|Wulff DC, Joel B. 1998 (612-566-7680)|
The MBCE took the following disciplinary action:
|Chiropractor||Date of Action|
|Balmer, Larry A.||05-03-99|
|Matthiae, Candace M.||05-03-99|
|Miland, Randy S.||03-11-99|
|Potter, Page J.||05-03-99|
STATISTICS OF MN LICENSED CHIROPRACTORS AS OF May 20, 1999
82 Independent Examiners
Cruz, Ronald Louis
Samson, Joleen Kay
Brown, Donald Gerald
Burnikel, Devin Lee
Coppersmith, Michael J.
Engel, Stephen L.
Harralson, William C.
Patel, Dhruvesh J.
Petterson, Chad. J.
Siemers, Paul N.
Spurrill, Anthony T.
Stucky, Jason Q.
Williams, Aaron D.
Johnson, Michael T.
Lushinsky, David A.
Smith, Christopher J.
Sparks, William T.
Albers, Matthew J.
Bjerkness, Scott L.
Bock, Fred C.
Clark, Benjamin H.
Cook, Charles R.
DArce, Martin A.
Debroux, Nicole S.
Elton, Heather A.
Fielhaber, William L.
Fischer, Guy S.
Flaherty, Sherrie L.
Franklin, Rachel J.
Gerard, Jason P.
Henrickson, Heidi L.
Hewett, Jon L.
Holtz, Brent J.
Horoshak, Bradley S.
Kelly, Michael G.
Kowal, Jamie K.
Krecklau, Jonathan L.
Lee, David R.
Miller, Shane D.
Miller, Tonya L.
Moon, Paul D.
Mortenson, Kori C.
Moseng, Bruce A.
Nelson, Gregory R.
Olson, Bradley M.
Senecal, Jason A.
Solien, Thomas P.
Van Dam, Scott A.
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The Board withdrew rules designed to raise fees regarding...
Graduate Preceptorship Program;
License Late Renewal Penalty;
Reinstatement of Inactive License;
Independent Examination Registration;
Independent Examination Renewal;
Acupuncture Registration Renewal;
Individual Sponsorship of Continuing Education;
Letter of Good Standing;
Computer Lists and Printed Labels;
Regional Computer Lists and Printed Labels
A motion was made at the November 19, 1999 board meeting to terminate any further pursuit of an experimental procedures rule.
The draft rule was initially developed to set criteria for defining an experimental procedure and to increase the awareness of the patient. Nevertheless, the Board wants to emphasize the need for doctors to explain procedures and include information in new patients information packets. The board also suggested that doctors develop a consent form regarding any procedures that may be considered experimental or which are less likely to be reimbursed by third party payers, and to inform patients that they should contact their insurance companies if they have questions on coverage for the procedure.
Interested persons may acquire a copy of the original newsletter simply by contacting the MBCE at 612-617-2222 or by making a request by Email.