Introducing Association Manager Leah Stagnone

The Board of Directors is pleased to welcome Leah Stagnone as NHCA’s first association manager. Ms. Stagnone accepted a contract offer to start as Executive Manager in March 2022. She comes to us with a breadth of experience in non-profit operations, and previously served for two years as Executive Assistant to the NHCA. We are convinced that her skills and contributions to NHCA leadership will provide the best next step for chiropractors in the Granite State.

Stagnone’s previous work includes several years as a volunteer healthcare policy advocate in the NH legislature, giving her experience and familiarity that will advance our collaborations and initiatives in Concord. She has previously testified publicly on a number of bills to advance patient-centric healthcare in the state. Furthermore, in the past year she has demonstrated an ability to deftly organize and coach NHCA stakeholders. Her work included supporting bills to regulate chiropractic co-pays, and to establish coverage standards for non-pharmacological pain care.

Additionally, her resume includes several years with ABLE NH, a non-profit in the movement to protect the rights of people with disabilities. There she gained extensive experience in membership recruitment, volunteer management, in-person and online event planning, social media management, and the general operations of a small non-profit organization.

Stagnone notes that, growing up the daughter of a chiropractor, she is familiar with the chiropractic community and culture, and also has a great appreciation for the doctors’ role in quality health care. She states:

“I feel well-equipped to take on more responsibility with the NHCA, and with this opportunity to
dedicate more time to the association, I see great potential for progress in membership
numbers, communications, continuing education offerings and turnout, social media presence,
legislative advocacy, and so much more. This potential has been clear to me over the past two
years, and I often wished that I could give more time to work toward these goals. I am confident
in my ability to build relationships with doctors throughout the state, energize new members
around issues impacting the profession, and grow the NHCA’s reputation as a trusted, influential
resource for New Hampshire chiropractors.”

With Stagnone’s help, NHCA looks forward to helping chiropractors serve their communities’ health even better.

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.