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What could cause a chiropractor to lose their license?

On Behalf of | Aug 10, 2023 | Professional Disciplinary Defense

Chiropractors are subject to a strict set of regulations and professional standards. Chiropractors provide essential healthcare services that involve manipulation and adjustment of the human body. Consequently, they must meet stringent training and licensure requirements to ensure the safety and well-being of their patients.

However, not all chiropractors uphold these professional standards. When a chiropractor fails to meet these standards, it can lead to a revocation of their license. Examine some actions that could cause a chiropractor to lose their Colorado license.

Unprofessional conduct

One of the most common reasons a chiropractor could lose their license is unprofessional conduct. Unprofessional conduct might include a failure to maintain patient confidentiality, dishonesty or fraudulent practices. Additionally, engaging in inappropriate relationships with patients can also lead to license revocation.

Substance abuse

If a chiropractor becomes impaired due to the misuse of drugs or alcohol while performing their duties, they may face disciplinary actions, including loss of licensure.

Negligence or incompetence

Another serious violation that could lead to the loss of a chiropractic license is negligence or incompetence. This involves a failure to provide an acceptable standard of care, resulting in harm or potential harm to a patient.

Criminal conviction

A conviction for a crime, especially one related to their practice, could also result in a chiropractor losing their license. This applies even if the crime did not occur within the context of their professional duties. For example, convictions related to fraud, assault or other serious crimes could result in license revocation.

Violation of state laws and regulations

Chiropractors must adhere to all state laws and regulations related to their practice. This includes maintaining their professional credentials, complying with continuing education requirements and following all applicable health and safety regulations. Violation of these laws and regulations can also lead to disciplinary action, including loss of licensure.

The revocation of a chiropractic license is a serious matter and only happens when there is a significant violation of professional standards, state laws or regulations. The goal of licensure is to ensure that all chiropractors practicing in Colorado provide the highest standard of care to their patients.