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                         Laws of Minnesota 1990 

                        CHAPTER 611-S.F.No. 576 
           An act relating to human services; providing that 
          certification of illness, injury, or incapacity for 
          purposes of general assistance benefits may be made by 
          a licensed chiropractor; regulating independent 
          medical examinations by chiropractors; changing 
          terminology; amending Minnesota Statutes 1988, section 
          256D.02, by adding a subdivision; proposing coding for 
          new law in Minnesota Statutes, chapter 148. 
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA: 
     Section 1.  [148.09] [INDEPENDENT EXAMINATION.] 
    A doctor of chiropractic conducting a physical examination 
of a patient or a review of records by a doctor of chiropractic, 
for the purpose of generating a report or opinion to aid a 
reparation obligor under chapter 65B in making a determination 
regarding the condition or further treatment of the patient, 
shall meet the following requirements: 
    (1) the doctor of chiropractic must either be an instructor 
at an accredited school of chiropractic or have devoted not less 
than 50 percent of practice time to direct patient care during 
the two years immediately preceding the examination; 
    (2) the doctor of chiropractic must have completed any 
annual continuing education requirements for chiropractors 
prescribed by the board of chiropractic examiners; 
    (3) the doctor of chiropractic must not accept a fee of 
more than $500 for each independent exam conducted; and 
    (4) the doctor of chiropractic must register with the board 
of chiropractic examiners as an independent examiner and adhere 
to all rules governing the practice of chiropractic. 
    Sec. 2.  Minnesota Statutes 1988, section 256D.02, is 
amended by adding a subdivision to read: 
    Subd. 17.  [PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATION.] "Professional 
certification" means: 
    (1) a statement about a person's illness, injury, or 
incapacity that is signed by a licensed physician, licensed 
consulting psychologist, or licensed psychologist, whose 
professional training and experience qualifies him or her to 
diagnose and certify the person's condition; or 
    (2) a statement about an incapacity involving a spinal 
subluxation condition that is signed by a licensed chiropractor 
whose professional training and experience qualifies him or her 
to diagnose and certify the condition. 
    Sec. 3.  [REVISOR'S INSTRUCTION.] 
    The revisor of statutes shall change the words "medical 
certification" or "medically certified" wherever they appear in 
Minnesota Statutes, chapter 256D to "professional certification" 
or "professionally certified" in Minnesota Statutes 1990. 
    Presented to the governor April 28, 1990 
    Signed by the governor May 4, 1990, 11:17 p.m.