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  1. PACE Providers of Approved Continuing Education

  2. FCLB Mission Statement To protect the public and to serve our member boards by promoting excellence in chiropractic regulation

  3. FCLB at Work FCLB encourages regulatory boards to: • Employ best practices in public protection • Communicate and network to improve capability • Develop consistency in standards • Envision and plan for the future

  4. FCLB at Work FCLB also: • Speaks for public protection • Distributes chiropractic regulatory information • Monitors legal trends in regulation • Develops collaborative ventures

  5. PACE and FCLB’s Values Protect the Public: • Promotes quality CE • Helps D.C.s connect with scientifically sound, reliable education • Doctors remain current, offer patients wide array of effective treatments • Practitioners avoid isolation, interact with peers

  6. PACE and FCLB’s Values Serve Our Member Boards: • Reduces onerous paperwork and review processes • Provides reliable reports on fulfillment of relicensure requirements • Helps boards replace random audits with targeted audits for compliance

  7. Current Status of CE • Many Colleges are frustrated • Regulatory boards are struggling • D.C.s are overwhelmed • No oversight – CE quality inconsistent • Varied qualifications for each jurisdiction

  8. Centralized CE Approval in Other Professions Medical Doctors Osteopaths Podiatrists Dentists Pharmacists Optometrists Opticians Long Term Care Administrators Nurses Psychologists Canadian Rehabilitation Professionals Veterinarians

  9. Who Does PACE Help? • Regulatory Boards • Providers of Legitimate CE • Chiropractic Practitioners • Professional Associations • Patients

  10. What do Regulatory Boards get from PACE? Confidence in course quality • Review by experts in post-graduate chiropractic education • Assess provider’s ability and willingness to comply with stringent PACE Criteria • Conduct retrospective course reviews to ensure continued compliance • Board members participate in on-site audits

  11. What do Regulatory Boards get from PACE? LESS WORK! • No longer need to slog through stacks of course applications • PACE providers have already been reviewed for compliance with PACE standards • Save money and time otherwise spent assessing applications from reliable, quality providers

  12. What do Regulatory Boards get from PACE? Reliable Attendance Verification • PACE has the flexibility to accommodate new technology in verifying attendance • Allows providers to use any practical system that meets PACE quality standards

  13. What do Regulatory Boards get from PACE? No longer need to randomly audit D.C.s • Save time and money spent contacting D.C.s to verify CE credits • PACE delivers immediate verification through the FCLB CIN-BAD system • Just look up records your existing CIN-BAD account!

  14. What do Regulatory Boards get from PACE? Member boards retain authority • You’re the boss! • Remember, you are the FCLB • You elect the decision-makers • You have continued voice in the evolution of the PACE governing documents • Boards still approve non-PACE courses directly (more…)

  15. Authority • PACE WILL NOT and CANNOT be the only approval process available • Boards are legally required to maintain their authority • PACE is a means of delegating some of the workload associated with that authority • PACE is also a way of pooling resources with other boards—that’s why the FCLB is here! (more…)

  16. Authority • PACE is a multi-layer program • Relies on participation by: • regulatory boards • ACC colleges • licensing board administrators • However, the FCLB Board of Directors (elected by regulatory boards) is ultimately responsible for determining PACE approval

  17. What do Colleges get from PACE? Reduced workload, save $$ • How much time does college staff spend handling CE approval applications to states and provinces? • Estimated annual cost savings: $10,000 to $30,000 per college

  18. What do Colleges get from PACE?

  19. What do Colleges get from PACE? Uniform Criteria • Few boards have the resources to establish criteria or expertise to assess CE objectively • Leads to an inconsistent review system

  20. What do Colleges get from PACE? Reasonable and uniform process • ACC colleges should be able to easily qualify for PACE approval • Requires sufficient infrastructure • Few non-collegiate CE vendors have infrastructure to meet PACE standards independently (more…)

  21. What do Colleges get from PACE? Reasonable and uniform process • Simplified application • Automatic course approval for qualifying programs

  22. What do Colleges get from PACE? Voice in developing PACE requirements • Every ACC school invited to participate in Review Team • Review Team is primary source for continued quality improvement

  23. What do Colleges get from PACE? Professional Credibility • Legislatures are always one anecdotal incident and one bill away from regulating our profession • DOT certification program for physicals may require approval of prep courses by outside authorities

  24. What does the Profession get from PACE? Searchable database on FCLB website • Easy to navigate • Includes board relicensure requirements • Find courses by topic or geographic region • Web-based

  25. What does the Profession get from PACE? Archive of participation information • Attendance verification automatically sent to regulatory boards for each license • No need to track certificates • Look up past courses to find similar programs • Simplified course assessment • Future: web-based course feedback

  26. What does the Profession get from PACE? • Improved CE offerings • Better trained professionals • Current topics • Increased quality and credibility of CE • Enhanced professional standing

  27. PACE Fees This is an FCLB service! No cost to member boards

  28. PACE Fees Cost to approved providers: • One time application fee: $500 • Not-for-profit annual recognition fee: $1,000 • For-profit annual recognition fee: $10,000 • Attendee records fee: $1 per credit hour, per attendee—maximum $10 per attendee • Reconsideration fee: $500 • Appeal: $1,500 initial deposit (fee determined by costs)

  29. PACE Structure FCLB Board of Directors PACECommittee PACEReview Team

  30. PACE Structure FCLB Board of Directors • Responsible for overall program • Grants final approval to Recognized Providers • Oversees appeals process • Ratifies decisions about policies and criteria from the PACE Committee

  31. PACE Structure PACE Committee – 6 members 2 - Regulatory boards 1 - FCLB Director 1 - Licensing board administrator 1 - At-large member 1 - Chair of PACE Review Team • Oversees PACE Review Team • Makes recommendations to FCLB Board

  32. PACE Structure PACE Review Team – approx 18 • Education experts nominated by ACC college presidents • 3 randomly selected Review Team members assess CE provider applications, determine ability to comply with PACE Policies & Procedures and Criteria • Recommend approvals to PACE Committee • Review course content for compliance

  33. PACE Review Team College Members Canadian Memorial Chiropractic CollegeDr. Jaroslaw Grod Life Chiropractic College WestDr. George Casey Life University College of Chiropractic Dr. John W. Downes National University of Health Sciences Dr. Jonathan Soltys New York Chiropractic CollegeDr. Tom Ventimiglia Northwestern Health Sciences University Dr. Zach Zachman

  34. PACE Review Team College Members Palmer College of Chiropractic – Iowa Dr. Laurie Mueller Palmer College of Chiropractic-West Dr. Robert Cooperstein Parker College of ChiropracticMs. Michelle Yungblut Sherman College of Straight Chiropractic Dr. Robert Irwin Texas Chiropractic College Dr. Jason Flanagan University of Bridgeport Dr. Richard Saporito Western States Chiropractic College Dr. Lester Lamm

  35. PACE Review Team At-Large Members Dr. Sherry McAllister, Chair Dr. John Scaringe Dr. David Koch

  36. PACE in Action • 22 participating boards • 3 Recognized Providers • Online course search available • Earned credit reporting begun

  37. PACE in Action • Online application

  38. PACE in Action How can boards start saving? Contact PACE! (970) 356-3500

  39. PACE in Action How can colleges start saving? Apply online now!

  40. Learn more! • Please take a copy of the PACE – Chiropractic Policies & Proceduresand Criteria • Visit our website at • Just ask!

  41. PACE is an affirmation of quality CE Boards need it. Colleges need it. Patients deserve it. Practitioners benefit. Our profession shines.

  42. “Quality... marks the search for an ideal after necessity has been satisfied and mere usefulness achieved.” Willa A. Foste