Update from Dr. Michael Pendleton:
Good evening colleagues,
I have been in contact with our Board Administrator and Assistant Attorney General (AAG) concerning the Medical Advisory Committee letter and Governor Lujan-Grisham’s new PHO she released yesterday. I have also reached out to my connection at the DOH with no response concerning chiropractic physicians.
The AAG is waiting to read the text of the Governor’s announcement and will update me with her legal opinion on what it means to the NMCB and it’s licensee’s who have private practices that have been impacted by the public health emergency. She re-iterated, “However, I do have to tell you that it’s been the policy of our division to refer questions of this nature to the governor’s office. I know this has resulted in sort of a circular process where we refer individuals to the governor’s office, and then the governor’s office refers them back to the board for answers. In any case, I will do my best to get you some answers.” Once I get an answer, I will immediately pass on the information.
Personally in our office, we are following the rules that were given and discussed in previous emails by Drs. Perlstein, Peer, Rowse, and Johnston. There may never be an “official” recommendation and we should follow the DOH/Governor’s PHO.
The NMCB’s next meeting on June 5, 2020, will be virtual and not live. The Board Administrator is working on that process, the agenda, and proper communication. Changing/amending both DC and APC continuing education hours for 2019-2020 licensure will be on the agenda.
Lastly and importantly, one of the NMCB members was diagnosed with COVID-19 and is currently recovering wonderfully at home. However, she did lose her father to COVID-19. The virus is real even though many of us may not directly see the effects.
Stay educated, stay safe, and practice smart. Respect one another’s opinion.