PACE – Providers of Approved Continuing Education
PACE (Providers of Approved Continuing Education) is the signature program of the Federation of Chiropractic Licensing Board (FCLB). The resonating mission of the FCLB is to protect the public by promoting excellence in chiropractic regulation through service to their member boards. The FCLB encourages regulatory boards to employ best practices in public protection, communicate and network to improve capability, develop consistency in standards, and envision a plan for the future.
A large part of this protection is the promotion and facilitation of the PACE chiropractic continuing education program. PACE recognized continuing education courses promote quality chiropractic continuing education programs, provide reliable and scientifically sound educational updates, help chiropractors remain current on licensing and new, effective clinical protocols, and help practitioners avoid isolation through peer-related educational activities.
The PACE continuing education program streamlines chiropractic continuing education course requirements and is administered by the FCLB. The PACE program reduces onerous paperwork and review processes, provides reliable reports on fulfillment of re-licensing requirements, and helps boards replace with audits for compliance.
A primary focus of the PACE continuing education program was to streamline this essential regulatory requirement. Before PACE, there was little consistency in chiropractic continuing education approval processes.
Through this program, PACE achieves excellence in maintaining consistency for regulatory boards, providers, chiropractic practitioners, and professional associations.
Benefits of PACE Chiropractic Continuing Education for Regulatory Boards
The primary offering of the PACE chiropractic continuing education program is confidence in course quality. Each PACE recognized program offered in the chiropractic continuing education catalog is assessed by postgraduate chiropractic education and regulatory review experts. These experts are responsible for evaluating the provider’s ability and willingness to comply with stringent PACE criteria and for conducting retrospective course reviews to ensure continued compliance. Additionally, representatives participate in on-site audits to ensure quality control and course integrity.
Through the streamlined PACE chiropractic continuing education requirements, regulatory boards no longer need to deal with stacks of course applications. PACE providers have already been reviewed for compliance with PACE standards. Additionally, regulatory boards save money and time otherwise spent assessing applications from reliable, quality providers. Furthermore, PACE has the flexibility to accommodate new technologies in attendance verification, allowing providers to use an efficient system that meets PACE quality standards.
Audits are a significant offering of PACE to regulatory boards. The PACE system is set up to deliver immediate verification through the FCLB CIN-BAD system. This saves the regulatory board time and money spent contacting individual chiropractors to verify the completion of required continuing education credits.
One of the most attractive benefits for regulatory boards is the retention of authority. Regulatory boards are part of the FCLB, and decision-makers are elected to these positions. This ensures a continued voice in the evolution of the PACE governing of documents and protocols. This creates a balance of power and authority, with PACE not being the only approval process available. Boards maintain their authority and choose to implement PACE as a means of delegating some of the workload associated with that authority.
PACE is a multi-layer program that relies on the participation of regulatory board members, ACC colleges, and licensing board administrators. However, the FCLB Board of Directors (elected by regulatory members) is ultimately responsible for determining PACE approval.
Benefits of PACE for Chiropractic Continuing Education Providers
The full suite of benefits offered through PACE continues into the chiropractic continuing education providers sector. PACE not only reduces the workload that CE provider staff spends handling continuing education approval applications, but there is a significant cost saving of between $10 – $30K per CE provider. PACE provides uniform criteria, filling the gap of resources that regulatory boards face trying to establish standards or expertise to assess the continuing education curriculum objectively, which has historically led to an inconsistent review of system processes. The uniformity of PACE enables Reputable providers to qualify for PACE approval easily. Its application process automates course approval for qualifying programs and professional credibility.
PACE provides a web-based, searchable database on the FCLB website that is easy to navigate and includes all the information needed for board re-licensure requirements. The system allows for search of courses by date, topic, geographic region, or instructor. The PACE system archives all participation information for attendance verification, which can then be sent to regulatory boards for each license. Overall, PACE provides the chiropractic profession with improved continuing education credit offerings, better-trained professionals, presentation of current topics, increased quality assurance and credibility, and enhanced professional standing among peers.
The Integrity of PACE for Chiropractic Continuing Education
To present transparency and instill a professional level of excellence, integrity, and continuity, PACE structures its overall program with sophistication and credibility. The FLCB is responsible for the overall PACE program, grants final approval to recognized providers, oversees the appeals process, and ratifies decisions about policies and criteria from the PACE committee.
The second level within the PACE administrative structure is the PACE committee. This committee is made up of six members (two regulatory board persons, the FCLB Director, one licensing board administrator, one at-large member, and one chair of the PACE review team). The committee oversees the PACE Review Team and makes recommendations to the FCLB Board.
The PACE Review Team is a collection of education experts nominated by ACC college presidents and former regulators to serve within the PACE review capacity. Three randomly selected review team members are responsible for assessing the continuing education provider applications and determine the ability to comply with PACE policies, procedures, and criteria.
Snapshot of PACE Benefits:
For CE Providers – single, simplified application process, uniform criteria for approval, automatic course approval, professional credibility.
For Regulatory Boards – economies of scale, informed, professional evaluations, automatic credit reporting, simplified CE approval process.
For Practicing D.C.s – automatic attendance verification, easy course searching, simplified course assessment, the affirmation of quality!