Practice Alert: Use of Unlicensed Individuals

On behalf of the NY State Board for Chiropractic's Public Information Committee, we are disseminating the following Practice Alert:

Practice Alert #14: The Use of Unlicensed Individuals

Use of Unlicensed Individuals

Disclaimer: Practice guidelines provide licensees with general guidance to promote good practice. Law, rules and regulations, not guidelines, specify the requirements for practice and what may constitute professional misconduct.

Unlicensed individuals, who may also be referred to as unlicensed aides, may not perform tasks that are within the chiropractic scope of practice, which include tasks that require professional or clinical judgment."

Tasks that may be performed by unlicensed individuals include, but are not limited to, general office work, preparing equipment, assisting the chiropractor in providing treatment, and the collection and recording of patient data under the direct supervision of a chiropractor. However, the unlicensed individual may not initiate, adjust or perform treatment programs, assume responsibilities for planning patient care, or interpret referrals.

Pursuant to Education Law §6509(7), unprofessional conduct by a licensee, like a chiropractor, includes permitting, aiding or abetting an unlicensed individual to perform activities/tasks that require a license. Additionally, under 29.1(b)(10) of the Commissioner's regulations, unprofessional conduct by a licensee includes delegating professional responsibilities to a person when the licensee delegating such responsibilities knows or has reason to know that such person is not qualified, by training, by experience or by licensure to perform them.

Citations of Pertinent Law, Rules or Regulations:

Reminder: All practicing DC's should keep up-to-date with the Practice Alerts.

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