Effective July 14, 2012, California doctors of chiropractic who utilize laser therapy in their practices must adhere to new guidelines announced in June by the California Board of Chiropractic Examiners.
"In addition to ensuring that licensees follow all applicable laws and guidelines, this regulation will prohibit the use of lasers in chiropractic which are not approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or for treatments that are not consistent with the FDA's approval. The regulation also prohibits the use of lasers outside the chiropractic scope of practice, including the laser treatment of allergies.
"The BCE considers this an integral step in promoting consumer protection given the emerging use of lasers within various health care professions."
The new regulatory language in the California Code of Regulations, Title 16, Division 4, Article 1 (Section 302.5. Use of Laser) also stipulates that DCs "not market or advertise the use of a laser or use a laser for purposes other than treatment consistent with section 302 and the product's FDA approval or clearance."
Military Receive Discount at Sherman Health Center
Active members of the U.S. Armed Forces now pay just $10 per visit to the Sherman College of Chiropractic Health Center when they show their military ID. In announcing the new program, Sherman officials recognized the initiative of DC student and military wife Melanie Pelletier, who hopes to provide chiropractic care within the DoD health care system following her graduation from Sherman.
"We see offering a discount for active military as an opportunity to serve and honor those who give so much to our country," said Dean of Clinics Keith Henry, DC. "I think it's especially fitting at Sherman College, as service to others is a major component of our mission."