October 24, 2016
HEALING ARTS: Changing the ‘script’ Naturopathic physicians seek authority to write prescriptions
Thanks to the support and hard work of many CNPA members, CT Senate Bill 437 has passed in both the State House and Senate! The bill, which will introduce a modernized scope of practice, will go into effect on October 1, 2014.
The full text of the bill is as follows:
Sec. 69. Section 20-34 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective October 1, 2014):
(a) The practice of natureopathy means the science, art and practice of healing by natural methods as recognized by the Council of Natureopathic Medical Education and that comprises diagnosis, prevention and treatment of disease and health optimization by stimulation and support of the body’s natural healing processes, as approved by the State Board of Natureopathic Examiners, with the consent of the [commissioner] Commissioner of Public Health, and shall include (1) counseling; [and] (2) the practice of the mechanical and material sciences of healing as follows: The mechanical sciences such as mechanotherapy, articular manipulation, corrective and orthopedic gymnastics, physiotherapy, hydrotherapy, electrotherapy and phototherapy; and the material sciences such as nutrition, dietetics, phytotherapy, treatment by natural substances and external applications; (3) ordering diagnostic tests and other diagnostic procedures as such tests and procedures relate to the practice of mechanical and material sciences of healing as described in subdivision (2) of this subsection; (4) ordering medical devices and durable medical equipment; and (5) removing ear wax, spirometry, tuberculosis testing and venipuncture for blood testing.
(b) For purposes of subsection (a) of this section, “natural substances” means substances [which] that are not narcotic substances, as defined in subdivision (30) of section 21a-240, do not require the written or oral prescription of a licensed practitioner to be dispensed and are only administered orally.