The Kentucky Board of Chiropractic Examiners had their regularly scheduled meeting on January 21, 2022. During that meeting, they discussed important issues pertaining to the chiropractic practice. On January 27, 2022, the KBCE released the following memo. Below is a recap of the memo as a result of their board meeting.
- The state of emergency has been extended through April 14, 2022 by way of passing of Senate Bill 25. In the memo, the board encourages licensed chiropractors to continue practicing social distancing, employ enhanced sanitization, employ appropriate Personal Protective Equipment and screen patients for COVID-19 symptoms.
- The KBCE will accept 12 hours of online education for both the March 2022 renewal cycle and the March 2023 renewal cycle. A doctor can attend in-person, should they choose, however the licensing board has extended the deadline to allow for all CEs online for both years listed directly above.
- Peer Reviews may also obtain all 6 CE hours online for the March 2022 and March 2023 renewal cycle as well.
- The KBCE encourages all chiropractors to renew their license early, before the March 1, 2022 deadline.
- Providers have 90-days from the date the state of emergency ends to become compliant with their CEs and to get their license active. Currently that date is July 13, 2022 – if the state of emergency is not extended past April 14, 2022.
- There is also a bill (SJR 150) that may shorten the state of emergency to ending in March 2022 instead of April – this may impact the time required to get your CEs. We again recommend start tackling those CEs and renewing your license if you are behind. You can read that bill here: SJR 150
Use of PPE in your office
In the same memo released from the KBCE on January 27, 2022 – the board addressed the use of personal protective equipment in your office. It is up to the individual provider to implement policies in their office and further, talk with their malpractice insurance to mitigate any risk. We encourage all doctors to review the latest CDC guidance on determining how long/if you need to close after a COVID-19 exposure in their office. You can find the latest return to work after a healthcare provider has been exposed to COVID-19 CDC recommendations here.
A few other reminders from the KAC regarding continuing education.
- You do not have to turn in your CE certificate to the licensing board unless you were audited. If you were audited, you would have found out through the email you received from the licensing board in December 2021. The email will look similar to the following:
- You can only complete 8 hours of CE on any one day – whether online or in-person.
- All CE courses must be from the approved list on the KBCE’s website. For the most up-to-date list of approved CE courses, visit kbce.ky.gov, under Continuing Education.