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Statutes > North-carolina > Chapter_90 > GS_90-154_2

§ 90‑154.2. Unethical conduct.

Unethical conduct is defined as:

(1)        The over‑utilization or improper use, in the providingof treatment, physiological therapeutics, radiographics, or any other servicenot commensurate with the stated diagnosis and clinical findings. Thisdetermination shall be based upon the collective findings and experience of theBoard utilizing the best available, relative information and advice. There mustbe a rationale for the services provided the patient.

(2)        The billing or otherwise charging of a fee to a third partypayor for a service offered by the doctor as a free service, which service isaccepted as a free service by any patient when, in fact, the doctor ofchiropractic is transmitting any charge to a third‑party payor for payment.

(3)        The over‑utilization of ionizing radiation in the re‑X‑rayof a patient. The acceptable guidelines for re‑X‑ray are:

a.         When fractures are evident;

b.         When bone pathologies are under evaluation;

c.         When soft tissue pathologies are under evaluation;

d.         When there is reinjury;

e.         When the original X‑ray findings have revealedlimitations of ranges and motion, re‑X‑ray may be done afterclinical progress has revealed objective improvement, but not within 12 daysand only limited views would be indicated.

(4)        Any licensee's failure to use the words ChiropracticPhysician, Chiropractor or the initials D.C. in conjunction with the use of hisname in his capacity as a Chiropractor on all reports, statements of claim forservices rendered and on all signs, letterheads, business cards, advertising,and any other items of identification.

(5)        Violation of the Rules of Ethics of Advertising andPublicity.

(6)        The allowance of any unlicensed person to practicechiropractic in the office of a licensed chiropractic. (1985, c. 760, s. 4.)