2007: HB 424 Almost Makes It

The march toward chiropractic medicine in New Mexico started in 2007 with the introduction of HB 424 which proposed establishing a registry of Advanced Chiropractors in a special program to be developed in conjunction with the New Mexico Medical Board.   HB 424 was summarized as:  “AN ACT RELATING TO CHIROPRACTIC LICENSURE; ESTABLISHING THE ADVANCED PRACTICE CHIROPRACTIC CERTIFICATION REGISTRY FOR CHIROPRACTIC PHYSICIANS; AUTHORIZING A CERTIFIED ADVANCED PRACTICE CHIROPRACTIC PHYSICIAN TO ISSUE PRESCRIPTIONS; AMENDING AND ENACTING SECTIONS OF THE NMSA 1978.”

The initial bill as originally submitted proposed a :  “CERTIFIED ADVANCED PRACTICE CHIROPRACTIC PHYSICIAN PILOT PROGRAM.–The board, in conjunction with the New Mexico medical board, shall develop a pilot collaborative program with the university of New Mexico or a nationally accredited school of pharmacy and the national university of health sciences or other council on chiropractic education approved school for expanded prescriptive authority by 2008.”

On February 6, 2007 , in its 1st hearing before the New Mexico House Health and Government Affairs Committee this provision was deleted and the following amendment was added:  “On page 3, line 14, after the period insert “A formulary shall be developed by the board and approved by the New Mexico medical board and the board of pharmacy.”

On February 23, 2007 the bill was heard by the New Mexico House Judiciary Committee and was amended as follows:  ” On page 31, line 4, after “surgery” insert “, except for the dispensing of a drug by injection”. “

The 2007 Fiscal Impact Report for the proposed HB 424 provided a summary of the bill and clearly identified the following:

“SUMMARY Synopsis of HJC Amendment The House Judiciary Committee amendment changes the bill as follows: On page 31, line 4, after “surgery” insert “, except for the dispensing of a drug by injection”. With the amendment the original bill does exclude the dispensing of a drug by injection. Synopsis of HHGAC Amendment On page 3, line 14, after the period, the amendment inserts, “A formulary shall be developed by the board and approved by the New Mexico medical board and the board of pharmacy.” The amendment defines the agencies responsible for setting up a formulary”

Although the 2007 bill received no additional changes and it sailed through the New Mexico Senate Public Affairs Committee on March 7 and the New Mexico Senate Judiciary Committee on March 13 , the bill died without a vote by the full Senate.

Although the bill failed to pass in its first year, the initial reviews highlighted the concerns of the legislators …

1.  Injectables were not acceptable

2. Oversight by the Medical Board was necessary

HB 275 would surface in 2008.

 

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