- Introduced -

SB 589 - This act modifies provisions relating to the licensing of chiropractors.

Chiropractors licensed in another state do not need to be licensed in this state if such chiropractor consults on a patient with a Missouri licensed chiropractor and the Missouri chiropractor retains ultimate control, or the out-of-state chiropractor renders a chiropractic opinion or provides testimony in any civil or criminal action pending in this state.

The act modifies reciprocal licensing of chiropractors to remove the requirement that the licensing authority of another state must grant reciprocal licensing to Missouri licensees. The board may require additional examination of reciprocal licensing applicants if the requirements for licensure in the other state are not equivalent at the time application is made for licensure in this state.

An inactive license status is created. The Board shall place qualified applicants on inactive status upon application. Inactive licensees may practice only on themselves and their families. Inactive licensees do not have to comply with continuing education requirements. Licensees wishing to reactivate their license within five years must meet all established requirements, excluding the licensing examination.

A patient records statute is created. The act defines what constitutes a complete patient record. Patient records must remain under the control of the chiropractor for a minimum of seven years from the date of last professional service. Any corrections or additions made after 48 hours must be clearly marked. Violation of this statute shall only be a secondary cause for discipline of the chiropractor's license. The Board shall not obtain a medical record without the issuance of a subpoena.