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Arizona Board of Chiropractic Examiners Complaint – Board Meeting

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The Arizona Board of Chiropractic Examiners (“Board”) administers all investigations and complaints regarding licensed doctors of chiropractic (“Doctor”) in Arizona. The Board imposes disciplinary action if they determine that a violation has occurred. The Board has issued an informal explanation of the complaint process. An investigation by the Board is initiated when; 1) a complaint is filed, 2) the professional self-reports, and 3) when an organization is required by law to report a possible violation to the Board. The Board’s investigation/adjudication process can be broken down into three stages:

1. Findings
2. Board Meeting
3. Formal Hearing

This post will examine the second stage of the complaint process; Board Meeting. A general time-line for the board meeting stage is as follows:

1. The complaint will be reviewed for the first time by the Board at the Board Meeting.
2. The Board at the meeting will review the facts, response and medical records associated with the complaint.
3. The Doctor or their counsel will have the opportunity to briefly address the Board regarding the complaint.
4. At the meeting the Board will decide to:

  • Dismiss the complaint due to lack of jurisdiction
  • Dismiss the complaint due lack of substantive evidence
  • Continue further investigation to collect more information
  • Move the matter to a formal hearing

The next post will describe the Formal Hearing process. It is always a good idea to involve legal counsel prior to responding to any inquiry from the Board.

If you have a question about an Arizona Board of Chiropractic Examiners complaint contact Attorney Robert Chelle.