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H.B. 103





Sponsor: Craig W. Buttars

             5      This act modifies the Acupuncture Licensing Act and the Chiropractic Physician Practice
             6      Act by amending provisions governing the practice of acupuncture. The act prohibits the
             7      use of titles related to acupuncture by persons who are not licensed acupuncturists or
             8      otherwise exempt from licensure. The act requires that licensed physicians and surgeons
             9      meet certain standards in order to practice acupuncture. The act prohibits chiropractic
             10      physicians from practicing acupuncture unless also licensed as acupuncturists.
             11      This act affects sections of Utah Code Annotated 1953 as follows:
             12      AMENDS:
             13          58-72-102, as last amended by Chapter 26, Laws of Utah 1998
             14          58-72-304, as repealed and reenacted by Chapter 26, Laws of Utah 1998
             15          58-72-502, as renumbered and amended by Chapter 253, Laws of Utah 1996
             16          58-72-601, as renumbered and amended by Chapter 253, Laws of Utah 1996
             17          58-73-501, as last amended by Chapter 26, Laws of Utah 1998
             18      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             19          Section 1. Section 58-72-102 is amended to read:
             20           58-72-102. Acupuncture licensing -- Definitions.
             21          In addition to the definitions in Section 58-1-102 , as used in this chapter:
             22          (1) "Acupuncturist" means a person who has been licensed under this chapter to practice
             23      acupuncture.
             24          (2) "Board" means the Acupuncture Licensing Board created in Section 58-72-201 .
             25          (3) "Moxibustion" means a heat therapy that uses the herb moxa to heat acupuncture points
             26      of the body.
             27          (4) (a) "Practice of acupuncture" means the insertion of acupuncture needles and

             28      application of moxibustion to specific areas of the human body based on traditional oriental
             29      medical diagnosis and concepts as a primary mode of therapy. Adjunctive therapies within the
             30      scope of acupuncture may include:
             31          (i) manual, mechanical, thermal, electrical, and electromagnetic treatments based on
             32      traditional oriental medical diagnosis and concepts; and
             33          (ii) the recommendation of dietary guidelines and therapeutic exercise based on traditional
             34      oriental medical diagnosis and concepts.
             35          (b) "Practice of acupuncture" does not include:
             36          (i) the manual manipulation or adjustment of the joints of the human body beyond the
             37      elastic barrier; or
             38          (ii) the "manipulation of the articulation of the spinal column" as defined in Section
             39      58-73-102 .
             40          (5) "Unlawful conduct" is as defined in Sections 58-1-501 and 58-72-502 .
             41          [(5)] (6) "Unprofessional conduct" is as defined in Sections 58-1-501 and 58-72-503 , and
             42      as may be further defined by rule.
             43          Section 2. Section 58-72-304 is amended to read:
             44           58-72-304. Exceptions from licensure.
             45          In addition to the exemptions from licensure set forth in Section 58-1-307 , the following
             46      persons may engage in the practice of acupuncture subject to the stated circumstances and
             47      limitations without being licensed under this chapter:
             48          (1) an individual licensed as a physician and surgeon or osteopathic physician and surgeon
             49      under Chapter 67, Utah Medical Practice Act, and Chapter 68, Utah Osteopathic Medical Practice
             50      Act, if that individual meets the requirements for current active certification in acupuncture under
             51      guidelines established by the National Commission for the Certification of Acupuncturists and
             52      Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) as demonstrated through a current certificate or other appropriate
             53      documentation; and
             54          (2) a commissioned physician or surgeon serving in the armed forces of the United States
             55      or other federal agency.
             56          Section 3. Section 58-72-502 is amended to read:
             57           58-72-502. Unlawful conduct -- Penalties.
             58          (1) "Unlawful conduct" includes using the terms "acupuncture," "acupuncturist," "licensed

             59      acupuncturist," or any other title, designation, words, or abbreviation tending to indicate that the
             60      person is an acupuncturist unless that person is:
             61          (a) licensed under this chapter; or
             62          (b) exempt from licensure under this chapter as provided in Section 58-1-307 or
             63      58-72-304 .
             64          [(1)] (2) Any person who violates the unlawful conduct provision defined in Subsection
             65      58-1-501 (1)(a) is guilty of a third degree felony.
             66          [(2)] (3) Any person who violates any of the unlawful conduct provisions defined in
             67      Subsection (1) or Subsections 58-1-501 (1)(b) through (1)(e) is guilty of a class A misdemeanor.
             68          Section 4. Section 58-72-601 is amended to read:
             69           58-72-601. Acupuncture license not authorizing medical practice.
             70          Nothing in this chapter may be construed to permit the practice of medicine as defined in
             71      Section 58-67-102 or the practice of osteopathic medicine as defined in Section 58-68-102 nor
             72      [require] to allow direct payment from third party insurers [directly to acupuncturists] to any
             73      practitioner not licensed under this chapter.
             74          Section 5. Section 58-73-501 is amended to read:
             75           58-73-501. Unprofessional conduct.
             76          Unprofessional conduct is as defined in Section 58-1-501 , as defined by division rule, and
             77      also includes:
             78          (1) engaging in practice as a chiropractic physician after electing to place his license on
             79      inactive status, without having established with the board that he has initiated or completed
             80      continuing education necessary to reinstate active status of his license;
             81          (2) failing to complete required continuing professional education;
             82          (3) violating any of the scope of practice standards set forth in Section 58-73-601 ;
             83          (4) failing to maintain patient records in sufficient detail to clearly substantiate a diagnosis,
             84      all treatment rendered to the patient in accordance with the recognized standard of chiropractic
             85      care, and fees charged for professional services;
             86          (5) refusing to divulge to the division on demand the means, methods, device, or
             87      instrumentality used in the treatment of a disease, injury, ailment, or infirmity, unless that
             88      information is protected by the physician-patient privilege of Utah and the patient has not waived
             89      that privilege;

             90          (6) refusing the division or its employees access to his office, instruments, laboratory
             91      equipment, appliances, or supplies at reasonable times for purposes of inspection;
             92          (7) fraudulently representing that curable disease, sickness, or injury can be cured in a
             93      stated time, or knowingly making any false statement in connection with the practice of
             94      chiropractic;
             95          (8) offering, undertaking, or agreeing to cure or treat a disease, injury, ailment, or infirmity
             96      by a secret means, method, device, or instrumentality;
             97          (9) willfully and intentionally making any false statement or entry in any chiropractic
             98      office records or other chiropractic records or reports;
             99          (10) knowingly engaging in billing practices which are abusive and represent charges
             100      which are fraudulent or grossly excessive for services rendered;
             101          (11) performing, procuring, or agreeing to procure or perform, or advising, aiding in or
             102      abetting, or offering or attempting to procure or aid or abet in the procuring of a criminal abortion;
             103          (12) willfully betraying or disclosing a professional confidence or violation of a privileged
             104      communication, except:
             105          (a) as required by law; or
             106          (b) to assist the division by fully and freely exchanging information concerning applicants
             107      or licensees with the licensing or disciplinary boards of other states or foreign countries, the Utah
             108      chiropractic associations, their component societies, or chiropractic societies of other states,
             109      countries, districts, territories, or foreign countries;
             110          (13) directly or indirectly giving or receiving any fee, commission, rebate, or other
             111      compensation for professional services not actually rendered or supervised, but this subsection
             112      does not preclude the legal relationships within lawful professional partnerships, corporations, or
             113      associations; [and]
             114          (14) knowingly failing to transfer a copy of pertinent and necessary medical records or a
             115      summary of them to another physician when requested to do so by the subject patient or his
             116      designated representative[.]; and
             117          (15) practicing acupuncture as defined in Section 58-72-102 , unless that person is also
             118      licensed under Title 58, Chapter 72, Acupuncture Licensing Act.

Legislative Review Note
    as of 12-28-00 12:45 PM

A limited legal review of this legislation raises no obvious constitutional or statutory concerns.

Office of Legislative Research and General Counsel

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