42 CFR Section 410.21

§ 410.21 Limitations on services of a chiropractor.

(a) Qualifications for chiropractors.

(1) A chiropractor licensed or authorized to practice before July 1, 1974, and an individual who began studies in a chiropractic college before that date, must have— (i) Had preliminary education equal to the requirements for graduation from an accredited high school or other secondary school; (ii) Graduated from a college of chiropractic approved by the State’s chiropractic examiners after completing a course of study covering a period of not less than 3 school years of 6 months each year in actual continuous attendance and covering adequate courses of study in the subjects of anatomy, physiology, symptomatology and diagnosis, hygiene and sanitation, chemistry, histology, pathology, and principles and practice of chiropractic, including clinical instruction in vertebral palpation, nerve tracing and adjusting; and (iii) Passed an examination prescribed by the State’s chiropractic examiners covering the subjects specified in paragraph (a)(1)(ii) of this section.

(2) A chiropractor first licensed or authorized to practice after June 30, 1974, and an individual who begins studies in a chiropractic college after that date, must have— (i) Had preliminary education equal to the requirements for graduation from an accredited high school or other secondary school; (ii) Satisfactorily completed 2 years of pre-chiropractic study at the college level; (iii) Satisfactorily completed a 4-year course of 8 months each year offered by a college or school of chiropractic approved by the State’s chiropractic examiners and including at least 4,000 hours in courses in anatomy, physiology, symptomatology and diagnosis, hygiene and sanitation, chemistry, histology, pathology, principles and practice of chiropractic, and clinical instruction in vertebral palpation, nerve tracing and adjusting, plus courses in the use and effect of X-ray and chiropractic analysis; (iv) Passed an examination prescribed by the State’s chiropractic examiners covering the subjects specified in paragraph (a)(2)(iii) of this section; and (v) Attained 21 years of age.

(b) Limitations on services.

(1) Medicare Part B pays only for a chiropractor’s manual manipulation of the spine to correct a subluxation if the subluxation has resulted in a neuromusculoskeletal condition for which manual manipulation is appropriate treatment.

(2) Medicare Part B does not pay for X-rays or other diagnostic or therapeutic services furnished or ordered by a chiropractor. [51 FR 41339, Nov. 14, 1986, as amended at 64 FR 59439, Nov. 2, 1999. Redesignated at 66 FR 55328, Nov. 1, 2001]

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