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Bill Detail: HB22-1263

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Title Sunset Continue Licensure Of Acupuncturists
Status Governor Signed (05/26/2022)
Bill Subjects
  • Professions & Occupations
House Sponsors C. Kennedy (D)
Senate Sponsors J. Buckner (D)
House Committee Health and Insurance
Senate Committee Finance
Date Introduced 02/24/2022

Sunset Process - House Health and Insurance Committee. The
bill makes changes to the acupuncturists' practice act, including the
changes recommended by the department of regulatory agencies'
(department) sunset review and report on the licensing of acupuncturists,
  • Continuing the licensing requirements for 11 years, until

September 1, 2033;
  • Authorizing the director of the division of professions and
occupations (director) in the department to impose
administrative fines as a disciplinary action;
  • Requiring final actions of the director to be appealed
directly to the court of appeals;
  • Modernizing the definition of acupuncturist so that it
only includes persons licensed under the acupuncturist
practice act and modernizing the titles and designations
protected for use by licensed acupuncturists;
  • Authorizing an acupuncturist to supervise unlicensed
acupuncture aides in the performance of specific tasks as
determined by rule of the director and directing the director
to adopt rules specifying the tasks that may be performed
by acupuncture aides, the training and supervision required,
and the number of acupuncture aides that an acupuncturist
may supervise;
  • Updating the term oriental, in references to the methods
and concepts of acupuncture, with more modern
  • Requiring each acupuncturist to devise a plan for the safe
storage, security, and disposal of patient records;
  • Requiring each applicant for acupuncturist licensure to pass
an examination approved by the director;
  • Repealing the reference to the specific national
organization that establishes standards for auricular
acudetox training and allowing the director to designate a
national organization;
  • Updating the grounds for discipline of an acupuncturist
relating to the use or abuse of alcohol, habit-forming drugs,
and controlled substances to align with other regulated
  • Adding as a grounds for discipline the failure to respond to
a complaint filed against the acupuncturist in an honest,
responsive, and timely manner; and
  • Authorizing the director to adopt rules to establish the
appropriate use of telehealth to provide acupuncture

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