Lawmakers should bust Council on Chiropractic Education monopoly

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The council is the only accrediting org for Florida chiropractic schools.

Monopolies for private entities aren’t the sort of thing we like to see the Legislature put into law.

Occasionally, however, a lucky company sneaks one in.

That’s been the case with chiropractic education in Florida for years. Florida statutes currently say that to practice as a chiropractor in Florida, you must be a graduate of a school accredited by the Council on Chiropractic Education (CCE).

You read that right — the statute literally names a single organization as the only one allowed to accredit chiropractic schools in Florida.

Compare that to medical education or dental education, where Florida Statutes say you must be a graduate of a medical or dental school accredited by an accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Office of Education.

You see, that’s what a statute looks like when you don’t want to codify a monopoly, but instead want to keep open at least the possibility of a little competition to make sure quality is protected.

And this is healthcare, where quality really matters.

Critics say CCE is the only accreditation company available today, but why should that matter? Perhaps if a state like Florida welcomed competition rather than outlawed it, another agency could arise.

Besides, just the threat of competition keeps organizations on their toes. Presumably, that’s why the statutes regulating medical and dental licensure get it right.

Thankfully, HB 873 by Rep. David Santiago and SB 1242 by Sen. Darryl Rouson both look to eliminate that monopoly in chiropractic education and put the statute in line with those governing medical and dental education.

Early versions of the bills were more ambitious and would have streamlined the process for out of state chiropractors to get licensed in Florida. But amendments to both bills narrowed their focus — monopoly busting is enough to take on in any legislation.

This is a bi-partisan bill that any Floridian who cares about keeping up healthcare standards can get behind.

The Florida Chiropractic Association opposes the effort, while the Florida Chiropractic Society is publicly supporting putting an end to the monopoly.

You have to wonder about the motivations of an group that would oppose such a common-sense measure. But, this is politics.

Drew Wilson

Drew Wilson covers legislative campaigns and fundraising for Florida Politics. He is a former editor at The Independent Florida Alligator and business correspondent at The Hollywood Reporter. Wilson, a University of Florida alumnus, covered the state economy and Legislature for LobbyTools and The Florida Current prior to joining Florida Politics.


6 comments

  • Liam Schubel

    April 1, 2019 at 8:00 am

    Well written and great points!

  • Ryan Bones

    April 1, 2019 at 8:44 am

    Couldn’t agree more Drew. Thanks for bringing this to light.

  • Michael P. Kane, DC

    April 1, 2019 at 11:41 am

    The people looking to run around the CCE are hoping to lower academic and clinical standards. Poorly researched article.

  • Chris

    April 1, 2019 at 11:41 am

    Perhaps you’d like to start a competing accreditation agency?

    Didn’t think so.

    If someone puts up the elbow grease and sweat equity to get a competing agency going then good. If not then this is all just tilting at windmills.

  • MINDY WEINGARTEN

    April 1, 2019 at 1:01 pm

    Well written article. No organization is trying to lower accademic standards which is always the response when trying to make a change. Other health care providers in Florida do not have the term only in their language

  • Michelle Pascal

    April 2, 2019 at 5:15 pm

    Well said Drew. Thanks for sharing this.

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