TITLE 5
Businesses and Professions

CHAPTER 5-30
Chiropractic Physicians

SECTION 5-30-13


§ 5-30-13 Continuing education requirements – Grounds for refusal, revocation, or suspension of certificates.

(a) The division of professional regulation of the department of health may, after notice and a hearing, in its discretion refuse to grant the certificate provided for in this chapter to any chiropractic physician if the applicant has not furnished satisfactory evidence that he or she has completed, in the twelve (12) months preceding each renewal date, at least twelve (12) hours of instruction in chiropractic related subjects as conducted by the Chiropractic Society of Rhode Island or the equivalent as approved by the division. Satisfactory evidence of completion of postgraduate study of a type and character, or at an educational session or institution approved by the division, is considered equivalent. Every chiropractic physician licensed to practice within this state, on or before the thirty-first day of October of every third year after the 1980 registration, shall apply to the Rhode Island state board of chiropractic examiners for certification of triennial registration with the board. The division may, after notice and a hearing, in its discretion refuse to grant the certificate provided for in this chapter to any chiropractic physician, if the applicant has not furnished satisfactory evidence to the board of examiners that in the preceding three (3) years the practitioner has completed sixty (60) hours of instruction in chiropractic related subjects prescribed by the rules and regulations by the board of chiropractic examiners as conducted by the Chiropractic Society of Rhode Island or the equivalent as approved by the division. Satisfactory evidence of completion of postgraduate study of a type and character, or at an educational session or institution approved by the division, is considered equivalent. The division may waive the educational requirements if the division is satisfied that an applicant has suffered a hardship or for any other sufficient reason was prevented from meeting the educational requirements.

(b) The division of professional regulation of the department of health may, after notice and hearings, in its discretion refuse to grant the certificate provided for in this chapter to any chiropractic physician who is not of good moral character, or who has violated any of the laws of the state involving moral turpitude or affecting the ability of any chiropractic physician to practice chiropractic medicine, or who has been guilty of gross unprofessional conduct or conduct of a character likely to deceive or defraud the public, and may, after notice and hearing, revoke or suspend any certificate issued or granted by it for like cause or for any fraud or deception committed in obtaining the certificate. "Gross unprofessional conduct" is defined as including, but not being limited to:

(1) The use of any false or fraudulent statement in any document connected with the practice of chiropractic medicine.

(2) The obtaining of any fee by willful fraud or misrepresentation either to a patient or insurance plan.

(3) The willful violation of a privileged communication.

(4) Knowingly performing any act which in any way aids or assists an unlicensed person to practice chiropractic medicine in violation of this chapter.

(5) The practice of chiropractic medicine under a false or assumed name.

(6) The advertising for the practice of chiropractic medicine in a deceptive or unethical manner.

(7) The obtaining of a fee as personal compensation or gain for an employer or for a person on a fraudulent representation that a manifestly incurable condition can be permanently cured.

(8) Habitual intoxication or addiction to the use of drugs.

(9) Willful or repeated violations of any of the rules or regulations of the state department of health.

(10) Gross incompetence in the practice of his or her profession.

(11) Repeated acts of immorality or repeated acts of gross misconduct in the practice of his or her profession.

(12) The procuring or aiding or abetting in procuring a criminal abortion.

(13) A chiropractic physician providing services to a person who is making a claim as a result of a personal injury who charges or collects from the person any amount in excess of the reimbursement to the chiropractic physician by the insurer as a condition of providing or continuing to provide services or treatment.

(c) The division of professional regulation of the department of health shall serve a copy of its decision or ruling upon any person whose certificate has been revoked or refused.

History of Section.
(G.L. 1923, ch. 159, § 24; P.L. 1927, ch. 1067, § 1; P.L. 1931, ch. 1781, § 9; G.L. 1938, ch. 275, § 24; impl. am. P.L. 1939, ch. 660, § 180; impl. am. P.L. 1949, ch. 2228, § 1; G.L. 1956, § 5-30-13; P.L. 1962, ch. 84, § 1; P.L. 1977, ch. 264, § 1; P.L. 1979, ch. 171, § 1; P.L. 1993, ch. 71, § 1; P.L. 1999, ch. 465, § 2.)