The Arizona Chiropractic Board protects and promotes the welfare of the people of Arizona. They do this by ensuring each person who holds a chiropractor license in the State of Arizona is competent and practice safely. This means the Arizona Chiropractic Board has the authority to discipline the license of doctors practicing as a chiropractor. Chelle Law’s Arizona Chiropractic Board Attorneys have represented over 1000 health care professionals before Arizona licensing boards. We have the experience to help chiropractors with all Arizona Chiropractic Board matters.
Arizona Chiropractic Board Complaint
Who can file a complaint against a chiropractor? Patients, health care facilities, other professionals, among others. When the Arizona Board of Chiropractic Examiners receives a complaint, the Board initiates an investigation into the complaint (if the Board has jurisdiction and the complaint isn’t dismissed). After this happens, the chiropractor receives notice and the board assigns an investigator to the case. Please note, having an attorney during this step can be crucial for chiropractors. This is because the chiropractor must submit a response, interview with the investigator while also possibly appearing at a Arizona Chiropractic Board hearing.
Chiropractor Application Assistance
Applicants to the Arizona Chiropractic Board who have a criminal history or previous discipline by the Arizona Chiropractic Board (or any other Board) may be subject to denial of their application for licensure. Thus, those with a criminal or disciplinary history from other licensing boards will be investigated by the Board.
Reporting a Criminal Charge to the Arizona Chiropractic Board
Chiropractors who hold a valid license with the Arizona Chiropractic Board or pending applicants must notify the board of any criminal charge that may affect patient safety within ten business days. Learn what crimes an individual must report and the potential discipline that can come with it.
Chiropractic Board Administrative Appeal and Hearing
Any licensee may request an appeal of an Arizona Chiropractic Board disciplinary action. However, board appeals are not heard by an administrative law judge with the Arizona Office of Administrative Hearings (OAH). This board oversees their own hearings. Furthermore, in some circumstances, a case is sent automatically to hearing. The hearing is not as formal as a trial, but is similar. Each party presents evidence using documents or sworn testimony. Each party also gives an opening and closing argument which should explain why the the Board should rule one way or the other. A chiropractor’s attorney can cross examine witnesses and testify on his or her behalf. After the hearing the Board makes the decision to either accept, reject or modify their original decision. If a professional feels there has been an error they can request a rehearing.
Arizona Chiropractor Disciplinary Actions
Arizona Chiropractic Board disciplinary actions are given to chiropractors with a license or certification in Arizona. If the Board determines formal disciplinary action is necessary it will happen after the completion of an investigation. It’s the job of the Board to review any complaint alleging a violation of the Arizona laws and regulations. Thus, at a board meeting the Board will vote to determine the outcome of each investigation. The Board can vote on a non-disciplinary outcome or vote to offer the chiropractor formal discipline. Disciplinary actions can include:
- Advisory Letter
- Issue an Order to Cease and Desist
- Letter of Concern
- Order of Censure
- Civil Penalty
- Refuse to Renew a License
- Nondisciplinary Order for Continuing Education
- Disciplinary Order for Continuing Education
If you’re interested in setting up a consultation with our Arizona Chiropractic Board Attorney at Chelle Law or learning more about any of the services we provide to Arizona chiropractors we invite you to reach out to us today.