MSNJ Objects to Expansion of Chiropractors’ Scope of Practice

On January 20, 2012, MSNJ filed comments in opposition to the New Jersey Board of Chiropractors proposed regulations that would expand chiropractors’ scope of practice by allowing them to perform pre-participation screens—medical examinations of students, clearing them for sports and intramural activities. While the New Jersey Legislature previously expanded the chiropractors’ scope of practice, it specifically considered and deliberately declined to include pre-participation screens in the enabling legislation. MSNJ is confident that the legislature said what it meant and did what it said. We believe that inclusion of pre-participation screens was in error and that the Board of Chiropractors will remove this unauthorized scope of practice expansion from the regulations.

This effort is part of MSNJ’s initiative to protect the profession of medicine and ensure that any expanded scopes of practice are medically appropriate and well-defined. MSNJ will continue to monitor the rulemaking and will keep members apprised of any developments. Read MSNJ’s comments in their entirety.

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About MSNJ

Founded in 1766, the Medical Society of New Jersey is the oldest professional society in the United States. The organization and its dues-paying members are dedicated to a healthy New Jersey, working to ensure the sanctity of the physician–patient relationship. In representing all medical disciplines, MSNJ advocates for the rights of patients and physicians alike, for the delivery of the highest quality medical care. This allows response to the patients’ individual, varied needs, in an ethical and compassionate environment, in order to create a healthy Garden State and healthy citizens.

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