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Chiropractic License Renewal (FAQ)

Chiropractic License Renewal (FAQ)

Every other year, our inbox fills up with questions about continuing education and chiropractic license renewal. In 2020, circumstances made for a number of exceptions to prior rules, so these questions may be even more relevant. We've compiled the following answers...

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President’s Welcome

Dear Colleagues and Friends,

Thank you for visiting our website. The New Hampshire Chiropractic Association is a non-profit volunteer organization. In addition to the services we provide our membership, the NHCA is first and foremost concerned with assisting in the education of the public and our elected officials on the benefits chiropractic care provides in achieving health and wellness without the use of drugs or surgery. This has become especially important in view of the modern opioid epidemic.

With NH citizens in mind, we meet regularly with our elected officials in an attempt to share with them the most current research and related information on non-pharmacologic forms of health care, the largest provider of which nationwide is the chiropractic profession. Please visit the section on opioids, and the numerous links provided, to learn more about how chiropractic has been shown to reduce the use of opioid medications while maintaining outstanding levels of patient satisfaction.

The many devoted and highly educated members of our association will be happy to answer any questions you might have. Please feel free to contact us or one of our members for further information.

In Health,
Dr. Brendan McCann
NHCA President

COVID-19 Response

As the novel coronavirus pandemic unfolds, New Hampshire chiropractors and their patients have questions. The WHO, CDC and state resources provide the best guidance, and we will do our best to assemble that information here. Read the association President’s statement here.

Chiropractors Provide Essential Services

Chiropractors and necessary staff in their facilities continue to provide essential services, per the US Department of Homeland Security. Patients should be seen for medically necessary care, telehealth should be employed when possible, and appropriate screening and protective measures should be put in place. We encourage hospitals and general practitioners to streamline their use of time and resources by referring non-COVID musculoskeletal cases to their local doctors of chiropractic. Read more here.

Telehealth for Chiropractors

Chiropractors can provide many services by remote telehealth apppointments. Chief among these is examination and consults, therapeutic exercise, education and reassurance. Gov. Sununu ordered temporary expansion of rules governing telehealth to prioritize safe patient care. Additionally, US DHHS announced they would use discretion to relax enforcement of usual HIPAA rules, allowing greater access to telehealth through a number of online services. Our more detailed telehealth primer is here.

Personal Protection and Office Hygiene

High priority goes to limiting physical visits when possible, prioritizing remote care, screening incoming patients, and ensuring protection for onsite staff and providers. The CDC is compiling guidance for facilities, and NCMIC assembled suggestions more specific to chiropractors.

Financial Relief
The Federal Student Loan Relief bill directs the Secretary to suspend accumulation of interest and collection of payments on federally-held student loans from March 13, 2020 to January 31, 2021. 
The SBA’s Disaster Relief fund is most likely to reimburse doctors’ offices for losses incurred proportional to staff wage expense.  The NHCA encourages prompt registration with the SBA. For an overview, visit the hub created by NH Office of Business and Economic Affairs for additional resources.
Continuing Education Changes

New Hampshire chiropractic license renewal occurs at the end of June 2021. In consideration of many educational events changing or being canceled, the NH Board of Chiropractic Examiners has ruled that they will accept all online education occurring during the Governor’s emergency declaration period. (NB: Of the usual 20 hours required, rules ordinarily limit online credit to 5 hours.)