Chiropractic Pediatrics Seminar – March 2021

The New Hampshire Chiropractic Association, along with the ACA Pediatrics Council, is pleased to announce our first professional development opportunity of 2021.

The NHCA and Pediatrics Council collaborate to bring you a chiropractic pediatrics seminar line-up you can’t miss:

  1. Dr. Jessie Young: Chiropractic Management of Tethered Oral Tissues (TOTs)
  2. Dr. Elise Hewitt: Chiropractic Care for Sub-Optimal Breastfeeding (Sponsored by NCMIC)
  3. Dr. Hannah Anderson: Food Sensitivity and Allergy Testing in Children
  4. Dr. Gina Sirchio-Lotus: Solid Food Introduction and Nutrition in Young Children
  5. Dr. Jo Nell Shaw: Vitamin Recommendations and Dosages for Infants and Children
  6. Dr. Mary Minser: Childhood Obesity

All presentations will be presented remotely by Zoom. Each presentation is 2 hours for a total of 12 credit hours, approved by Texas Chiropractic College or PACE.  The event will run from approximately 9:00 am to 5:00 pm on Saturday, March 20 and Sunday, March 21. Registration costs $300, with special rates available for NHCA members, Peds Council members, and current students.

A reminder that 2021 is a re-licensure year for New Hampshire chiropractors! You need to be able to document 20 hours of continuing education attended since July 2019. This pediatrics seminar will cover 12 of those CEUs. You can submit all of your hours from online education in the 2019-2021 licensure period (read more).

Register now

COVID-19 Vaccine Now Available for Chiropractors and Staff

Chiropractors in NH may now schedule their vaccination at will. This also includes chiropractic assistants and administrative staff with regular patient contact, such as at the front desk.

Unless you are affiliated with a hospital, you will need to schedule your appointment at a NH-Managed COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic (not at a hospital). Register online using the instructions at the link below.

Access to the vaccine is free. Participation in vaccination is voluntary. Additional considerations may apply for those with a history of immune dysfunction or reaction to other vaccines.

A few instructions based on our experiences so far:

  1. Pre-register at the link above.
    • You should select “At Risk Health Worker”, then “Front line clinical staff + support staff” from the dropdown lists.
  2. Wait for a scheduling email from CDC staff. This took 1-4 days in my office.
  3. When your registration email comes, register with VAMS. This includes major medical concerns and insurance info.
    • On the Organization page, under Role type “Chiropractor”, and under Priority choose “Outpatient health care provider”.
  4. You’ll be taken to scheduling a location and time. Be sure to choose a “State of NH” site (not a hospital site) or you will get rescheduled.
  5. On the day of your appointment, arrive with your confirmation text/email and a photo ID.
Schedule your appointment here

COVID-19 Vaccine Available to Health Workers in January

New Hampshire DHHS Phase 1a vaccine allocation strategy includes (1) health workers with direct human contact, (2) older adults in residential care settings, and (3) emergency first responders. Since chiropractors work in direct patient contact, DHHS has allocated vaccination to us as part of Phase 1a.

As of December 29th, vaccination has begun, but supply is not yet available except for the highest risk groups. Limited doses of vaccine are available and the health worker community will largely self-regulate to ensure that we have enough doses for those at most risk first. Since we do not generally work directly with known COVID-19 patients, chiropractors are broadly considered Moderate Risk health workers (see Phase 1a plan, appendix A). We encourage coordination within practices to make these determinations.

We anticipate that moderate risk health workers including most chiropractors may seek the vaccine around January 15. This includes chiropractic assistants and administrative staff with regular patient contact, such as at the front desk. This will be for the first of a two-dose series, with three weeks between doses.

Unless you are affiliated with a hospital, you will need to schedule your vaccine appointment at a NH-managed COVID-19 vaccination clinic (not at a hospital site). Thirteen sites are arranged regional about the state. You will be able to register online for an appointment.

Access to the vaccine is free. Participation in COVID-19 vaccination is voluntary. Additional considerations may apply for those with a history of immune dysfunction or reaction to other vaccines.

For full details and instructions, please refer to the special notice from the Office of Professional Licensure, which was emailed to all licensees on December 31st. Download it here.

Additional resources:

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 to the most common questions. If you do not find your answer, please feel free to contact us and we’ll add it to the page.

How do I renew my New Hampshire chiropractic license?

Renewal can be completed online at NH’s Online Licensing. You will receive an automatic email from the licensing office on May 1st, sent to the email you supplied the office. In the online portal, you will upload PDF files of your CEU certificates, and pay online.

How much does it cost to renew a chiropractic license in New Hampshire?

License renewal costs $300. This is paid as part of the electronic renewal process by credit or debit card.

When do I need to renew my NH chiropractic license?

License renewal occurs on odd-numbered years in New Hampshire, meaning licenses are renewed on a two-year cycle. Continuing education documentation and payment should be received by the Office of Professional Licensure by June 30th. All licenses expire on July 1st.

How many continuing education credits do NH chiropractors need for license renewal?

In New Hampshire, chiropractors are required to complete 20 hours of continuing education per cycle, approved by the Board of Chiropractic Examiners via the Office of Professional Licensure.

Get started with your license renewal here.

More information about online CE in 2020-2021

How much online/remote education can be accepted for license renewal?

Prior to 2020, NH chiropractors were permitted to take up to 25% (5 hours) of their continuing education via remote education.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the Board of Examiners and Governor’s office agreed that 100% of chiropractic continuing education may be completed via approved online courses.

Governor Sununu issued an order which allowed the Board of Examiners to accept all qualifying online education completed by December 31, 2020, up to 100% of doctors’ requirements. The NH Board of Chiropractic Examiners requested that the Governor extend the date for approval for online hours through the remainder of the relicensure period, and the Governor’s office granted extension through the end of the state of emergency (updated March 1, 2021).

How do online hours work? Is there a quiz associated?

Most online courses do have a quiz associated to ensure that the participant did actually pay attention to the information presented. They will also often have a timer that records the amount of time spent logged into the course, this way if the participant is to receive 6 hours for a course the course moderator can verify that at least 6 hours were spent logged into the course.

What courses are accepted for credit?

Courses must be approved by the NH Board of Chiropractic Examiners via staff at the NH Office of Professional Licensure and Certification. In almost every instance, event organizers are responsible for arranging approval. PACE-approved courses are accepted. Some reliable sources of continuing education include NHCA events, DConline, LearnACA, chiropractic colleges, and first aid/basic life support courses from the Red Cross and American Heart Association.

Telehealth Considerations for New Hampshire Chiropractors

Despite our essential business status, physical distancing strategies decrease demand for chiropractors’ hands-on treatment as people try to stay home more. However, we are able to apply our broad knowledge and skill sets to continue serving the people of NH, even when they aren’t able to reach our offices. Telehealth provides an opportunity to reach people in their homes.

screenshot from Doxy.me visit

Patient and provider connect by video in a telehealth appointment

There are a broad array of services available for telehealth consults. To hit the ground running, choose one that is affordable and simple to use for you and patients. Free options include Doxy.me, and other options ranging from Google Meet at $12/mo or VSee at $50/mo, to ExamMed and Zoom for Healthcare at $200/mo. The cloud-based EHR Jane, which is popular among chiropractors, integrated a telehealth feature in March in response to increased demand, and we will see this market continue to grow.

Each of the options listed above is HIPAA compliant. However, the US Department of Health and Human Services announced that during the emergency period they have relaxed HIPAA restrictions around remote consults. They are prioritizing getting care to patients, so they’ll honor our good-faith attempts to provide quality care, even if that means using more informal services like FaceTime, Skype, Messenger or Hangouts. In NH, emergency order #8 also interpreted the use of audio-only phone consults as valid telehealth service.

You should also know about billing and regulations. Medicare only covers manipulation codes, so we are excluded from telehealth reimbursement. NH Medicaid plans mostly exclude service from chiropractors, but plans that allow chiropractic are currently expected reimburse for telehealth under emergency order #8. Private insurance plans are expected to reimburse for telehealth consults and guided rehab at the same rate as in-office care, though this may vary. According to ChiroCode, E/M codes will be used most frequently, with level based on time and coded with a -95 modifier. You should brush up on this documentation and coding at the ChiroCode website. Additionally, VP Pence has also encouraged states to create temporary avenues for interstate telehealth, a situation we will continue to monitor.