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PENNSYLVANIA STATE BOARD OF CHIROPRACTIC ISSUES GUIDANCE ON COVID-19 TESTING

ATTENTION: PENNSYLVANIA STATE BOARD OF CHIROPRACTIC ISSUES GUIDANCE ON COVID-19 TESTING

Earlier this year, the Pennsylvania Chiropractic Association asked the Pennsylvania State Board of Chiropractic to approve a PA-licensed chiropractor’s use of COVID-19 diagnostic tests for their patients.  In its response to the PCA received this week, the State Board of Chiropractic confirmed that it will not approve a chiropractor’s use of COVID-19 diagnostic testing because COVID-19 testing is “decidedly not” related to the practice of chiropractic.  The only exception is when the chiropractor meets the requirements of the Governor’s waiver for the duration of the declared state of emergency.  Specifically, the scope of the waiver requires delegation from an M.D. or D.O. and is designed to increase the available number of practitioners to assist and support in front-line situations.  The full related text from the PA State Board of Chiropractic’s Board Counsel Nicole L. VanOrder, Esquire’s letter to PCA’s General Counsel follows:

“With regard to COVID-19 testing, heavy reliance is placed upon the Chiropractic Practice Act’s definition of “chiropractic,” which includes “the use of board-approved scientific instruments of analysis,” and also that “the Pennsylvania legislature gave the State Board authority to approve a chiropractor’s use of diagnostic testing equipment.” Your reliance upon this definition in relation to COVID-19 testing does not consider the statute’s aim, which is not to approve just any scientific instruments of analysis or diagnostic testing equipment. Rather, the instruments and equipment to which the statute refers must be related to practicing chiropractic, which COVID-19 testing is decidedly not.

A waiver was granted to allow chiropractors to perform COVID-19 testing for the duration of the declared state of emergency. Specifically, as approved by the Governor, the scope of that waiver requires delegation from an M.D. or D.O., and is designed to increase the available number of practitioners to assist and support in front-line situations (hospitals, emergency rooms, nursing homes and long-term care facilities).”

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