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New Mexico Brief: Resources for Delegates
The following talking points may be of help as you answer questions from members in your district about the content of ACA's amicus curiae brief filed in the New Mexico Court of Appeals on Sept. 13. We have also set up a page on the ACA website where you can direct people for more information: www.acatoday.org/NMbrief. Read the full text of the amicus curiae brief here.
The ACA brief supported two simple statements:
1. That chiropractic physicians are highly trained and highly skilled health care providers whose professional perspective, provided through the Board of Chiropractic Examiners, should be given the same consideration by the Court as the state’s Medical Board and Board of Pharmacy.
2. That ACA is the nation's largest and preeminent chiropractic professional association, whose long established policy is to recognize that local doctors in each state are best equipped to determine matters of scope of practice.
- It is important to note that ACA stands by the conservative principles on which it was founded. By filing its brief in New Mexico, ACA is not advocating a specific scope of practice. However, ACA does believe that chiropractic physicians should be able to practice as narrowly or broadly as they wish, based on their state statutes. This has been the association’s position for 50 years.
- ACA’s amicus curiae brief in New Mexico supports the right of chiropractic physicians in that state to determine their own scope of practice. ACA’s position is that chiropractic practice is regulated by the states and therefore the scope of chiropractic practice must necessarily be determined by local chiropractic physicians. Again, this has been the association’s position for 50 years.
- It is inappropriate for the International Chiropractors Association (ICA) to align itself with the New Mexico Board of Pharmacy and the New Mexico Medical Board to go against the will of chiropractic physicians in New Mexico. The New Mexico Board of Chiropractic Examiners is the appropriate authority regarding chiropractic scope of practice in the state.
- ACA’s influence on Capitol Hill and among federal regulatory agencies and major insurers is unmatched. ACA is the only association positioned to help level the playing field for every chiropractic physician and our patients. The chiropractic profession needs a strong ACA.
- ACA is the only major chiropractic organization that encourages doctors with varied opinions to get involved in leadership so that the democratic process can take its course. There is room at ACA for differing opinions and perspectives—there always has been. Members representing a diversity of opinions provide strength to ACA.
- ACA provides an unparalleled spectrum of member benefits such as practice management resources, publications, continuing education, savings and discounts from more than 60 corporate members, networking opportunities and more. Your membership helps you and your practice, and it supports the entire profession.
PRESS RELEASE (Sept. 13, 2012)
ACA to Court: N.M. Chiropractic Physicians Should Have Right to Self-Determination
The American Chiropractic Association (ACA) today filed an amicus curiae (friend of the court) brief in the New Mexico Court of Appeals, supporting the expertise of chiropractic physicians in that state and their right to self-determination.
ACA was compelled to file the brief after the International Chiropractors Association (ICA) joined forces with the New Mexico Board of Pharmacy and the New Mexico Medical Board in a December 2011 memorandum to the court, requesting a halt to efforts by the New Mexico Board of Chiropractic Examiners to create an advanced practice training and certification program for chiropractic physicians.
In making its argument in favor of allowing New Mexico chiropractic physicians to chart their own course in this matter, ACA’s brief informs the court about the extensive educational background and training that chiropractic physicians receive today from accredited U.S. chiropractic colleges.
The brief also points out that ACA is the nation’s largest and preeminent chiropractic professional association, and that its long-established policy has been to recognize that local doctors are best equipped to determine matters of scope.
“It is ACA’s opinion that the New Mexico Board of Chiropractic Examiners should be given the same respect as other state boards and allowed to determine what is best for chiropractic physicians and patients in that state. We object in particular to actions by the ICA, as well as the state’s pharmacy and medical boards, to interfere with the will of chiropractic physicians in New Mexico and the needs of their patients,” said ACA President Keith Overland, DC.
It is uncertain at this time when the court will make its final ruling on the issue.
The American Chiropractic Association (ACA), based in Arlington, Va., is the largest professional association in the United States representing doctors of chiropractic. ACA promotes the highest standards of patient care and ethics, and supports research, legislation, insurance reforms, and public awareness activities that contribute to the health and well-being of millions of chiropractic patients. Visit www.acatoday.org.
ACA offers the following sample Facebook posts for delegates who may have the need to respond to constituents through social media.
ACA’s amicus curiae brief filed in the New Mexico supports chiropractic physicians as highly trained and highly skilled health care providers whose professional perspective, provided through the Board of Chiropractic Examiners, should be given the same consideration by the Court as the state’s Medical Board and Board of Pharmacy. Separate truth from rumor at ACA’s website. www.acatoday.org/NMbrief
Did you know that ACA, the nation's largest and preeminent chiropractic professional association, has a long established policy which recognizes that local doctors in each state are best equipped to determine matters of scope of practice? www.acatoday.org/NMbrief
ACA supports the New Mexico Board of Chiropractic Examiners as the appropriate authority regarding chiropractic scope of practice in the state. www.acatoday.org/NMbrief
ACA stands by the conservative principles on which it was founded, but also respects the right of self-determination by chiropractic physicians in their respective states. www.acatoday.org/NMbrief