Like other medical professionals, you probably worked hard to acquire your chiropractic license. Unfortunately, threats to your license can come out of nowhere and take your entire staff by surprise. While some of these threats may involve a practitioner or staff member’s conduct, others arise out of administrative lapses and other benign actions.

As a chiropractor, developing an ongoing professional license defense begins with you. If you possess a license as a chiropractor in the state of California, consider using the following tips to head off potential threats before they can occur.

  • Conduct: Remaining professional with your staff and your clients at all times can prevent misunderstandings that could threaten your license. You should also take steps to ensure conduct by your staff members also remains professional.
  • Treatments: Only provide treatments that are within your scope of practice. This includes any procedures for which you have received training but are not licensed to perform.
  • Administration: Never underestimate the seriousness of administrative errors. Even something as simple as forgetting to notify the California Board of Chiropractic Examiners of your new business address can threaten your license.
  • Advertising: Remember that your license also applies to elements of your business that do not involve patient contact. For example, advertising or marketing of your practice must comply with the Board’s regulations. In fact, the Board recommends that chiropractors consult a professional license defense or other attorney to ensure advertising remains in compliance.
  • Billing: Always make certain that your patient billing remains in compliance with the Board’s regulations. While you do have a 30-day grace period in which to make corrections, errors in billing remain a big threat to your professional license.

Source: Board of Chiropractic Examiners, “Common Violations and Helpful Tips to Keep Your License in Good Standing,” accessed Feb. 28, 2018