Ethical Issues in Chiropractic Practice: 6-Hour

Tuition: $99
Hours: 6


Course Description

This course will explore a range of topics existing under the umbrella term "ethical practices” as it applies to the practice of chiropractic. We will look at questions and concerns related to ethics and the lawful practice of chiropractic in a number of areas including: billing practices, documentation, time per patient, billings, and up-coding practices, and culture differences in care.


Six hours of class participation and successful completion of an examination related to the course materials.


Written test of at least 20 questions constructed with multiple choice, true/false and essay items. Learner must score 75% on examinations to receive certificate of completion.



ONE - Introduction

Introduction to terminology and ethics as it relates to chiropractic practice.

TWO – Identifying Characteristics of Ethical Behavior

Case studies using actual fraudulent chiropractors will be used to present types of fraudulent activity and the penalties that are associated with participation in these activities. Discussion of values as they relate to doctor behavior.

THREE – Ethics in Practice

Identification of the characteristics of ethical and unethical behavior. Discussion of the covenant of trust between a doctor and a patient. Discussion of appropriate advertising, collection practices, medical records, upcoding and business ethics.

FOUR – Professional Rules

Understand ethics and societies expectations of the professional, advertising and professionalism. Identify how to be an ethical professional.

Analyze societies expectations of a professional who serves the public.

FIVE – Informed Consent

Appropriate procedures and practices related to informed consent associated with patient care.

SIX – Professional Boundaries

Discussion of professional boundary related issues and prevention points for chiropractic practice.


  1. Inform Doctors about the ethics and penalties associated with filing false documentation regarding services.
  2. Explore what “Chiropractic Fraud” means as this terminology relates to code stuffing, over utilization, up coding related to patient/doctor interaction, double billing, etc.
  3. Delve into what constitutes ethical of billing practices.
  4. Case presentations, which document fraudulent conduct, will be used to present the realities of civil, administrative, criminal penalties related to fraudulent activities.
  5. Regulation Z of Consumer Protection Act or Truth in Lending Act (Applies to collection of patient’s medical payments)
  6. Identification of the characteristics of ethical behavior.
  7. Review the chiropractic oath as it applies to everyday chiropractic care.


This syllabus is a representation of the requirements for successful completion of the course, containing the objectives, content, organization, and evaluation processes. It is the student’s responsibility to read, comprehend, and act on the syllabus’ objectives, content, and requirements. The faculty teaching this course reserves the right to reasonably alter the sequence of activities, assignment dates, and evaluation and assignment methods or styles. Every effort will be made to inform the class members in advance of such changes. Students are responsible for following the syllabus and any changes instituted by the faculty. Should there be any questions or need for reasonable interpretation of clarification of the syllabus, the student must contact the lead course instructor/syllabus author(s) to obtain answers to the above.

All opinions, viewpoints and recommendations contained in this presentation represent those of the author alone and do not represent the opinions, viewpoints or recommendations of any organization with which the author may be affiliated, including, without limitation, the USOC or/and the ACBSP.