Synopsis As Introduced Amends the Regulatory Sunset Act. Extends the repeal date of the Acupuncture Practice Act from January 1, 2018 to January 1, 2028. Amends the Acupuncture Practice Act. Changes the short title of the Act to the Acupuncture and East Asian Medicine Practice Act. Allows for the practice of East Asian medicine. Makes changes to the definition of "acupuncture" and "acupuncturist". Defines "East Asian medicine". Removes the definition of "referral by written orders". Removes language allowing a physician or a dentist to refer by written order a patient to an acupuncturist and maintain management of the patient. Adds provisions concerning guest practitioners of acupuncture and East Asian medicine. Changes the name of the Board of Acupuncture to the Board of Acupuncture and East Asian Medicine and allows licensed practitioners of East Asian medicine to be members of the Board. Provides that the Department of Financial and Professional Regulation shall issue a license to an applicant that submits proof of a demonstration of status as a Diplomate of Acupuncture or Diplomate of Oriental Medicine with the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine or an equivalent credential approved by the Department (rather than passing the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine examination or an equivalent examination). Makes changes in provisions concerning titles and designations that can be used by those licensed under the Act. Makes conforming changes in the Comprehensive Health Insurance Plan Act, the Tattoo and Body Piercing Establishment Registration Act, and the Professional Service Corporation Act. Makes other changes. Effective immediately.
Fiscal Note (Financial & Professional Regulation)
The Department of Financial and Professional Regulation anticipates HB 2630 to result in approximately $207,000 in recurring annual expenses to the Department related to additional responsibilities assigned to the Department. HB 2630 does not provide any additional revenue sources to the Department to offset these costs.
Replaces everything after the enacting clause. Reinserts the introduced bill with the following changes: Removes provisions changing the short title. Changes the definition of "acupuncture" to include evaluation or treatment in accordance with traditional and modern practices of East Asian medical theory. Removes the definition of "East Asian medicine". Removes provisions changing the name and scope of the Board of Acupuncture. In provisions concerning who may practice acupuncture, provides that a person shall only practice acupuncture consistent with the education and certifications obtained pursuant to the requirements of the Act. Removes an obsolete provision requiring that applicants submit proof of passing the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine examination with an application for licensure. Provides that the Department of Financial and Professional Regulation may (rather than shall) issue a license to an applicant who submits with the application proof of specified requirements. Provides application requirements for applications submitted on or before December 31, 2019 and applications requirements for applications submitted on or after January 1, 2020. Further amends the Acupuncture Practice Act as follows: Provides that all applicants and licensees shall provide a valid address and email address, which shall serve as the address and email address of record, and shall inform the Department of any change of address or email address through specified means. Provides that members of the Board of Acupuncture may not serve more than 2 consecutive full terms (rather than for more than 8 years). Provides that the Act does not prohibit any person licensed in this State (currently, licensed in this State as a dentist or physician), from engaging in the practice for which he or she is licensed. Eliminates certain powers and duties of the Board. Eliminates a requirement that the Department of Financial and Professional Regulation seek the input of the Board on certain matters. Removes a provision allowing the Department to require a person seeking to resume active status to complete a period of evaluated clinical experience. Changes references to "registration" to references to "license". Provides that the Department has the authority and power to investigate any and all licensed activity. Removes a requirement that the Department mail a registration renewal form to registrants 60 days before the expiration of the current registration and a notice that a registration has lapsed. Makes changes to provisions concerning certification of the record to a court. Repeals provisions concerning maintaining a roster of licensed and disciplined persons. Removes provisions amending the Tattoo and Body Piercing Establishment Registration Act and the Professional Service Corporation Act. Makes other changes. Effective immediately.