The Agency has established an adequate process for renewing chiropractors’ licenses in accordance with statute and rules.
Specifically, the Agency sent renewal notifications in a timely manner, verified submission of required renewal application forms, and assessed applicable renewal fees.
However, the Agency did not ensure that all license holders had completed the fingerprinting requirement prior to renewal. Without fingerprints, the Agency cannot obtain the required criminal history checks.
Also, the Agency did not retain documentation for 9 (15 percent) of 60 license renewals showing that it searched a national practitioner database to determine whether another state has taken any
disciplinary action against a license holder. Texas Occupations Code, Section 201.314, requires this search to occur prior to processing the renewals.
In addition, the Agency did not require applicants to verify compliance with requirements for continuing education. Of 60 license renewals tested, 56 were renewals of active licenses
for which continuing education is required. For 4 (7 percent) of those 56 renewals of active licenses, the applicants did not verify on the application whether they met the continuing education requirement.
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