TBCE Issues statement on Oct. 17, 2016 ruling by Travis County District Court Judge Rhonda Hurley
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Monday, November 07, 2016 04:26 PM

The Texas Board of Chiropractic Examiners (TBCE) has received many questions from our licensees regarding the recent judgment by Travis County District Court Judge Rhonda Hurley, officially issued October 17, 2016.  The matter concerns provisions of 22 TEX. ADMIN. CODE §78.13, Chiropractic Scope of Practice, which the Texas Medical Association has challenged as exceeding the scope of practice, defined by the Legislature in TEX. OCC.CODE §201.002 (b).

Despite the adverse judgment, we have not received a statement of Judge Hurley’s findings of fact and conclusions of law. The legal matter is not final until all appeals have been exhausted.  It is important to understand that, in the meantime, the TBCE rules and regulations continue to govern the practice of chiropractic.  Licensees can continue to practice as they have pursuant to the TBCE scope of practice, codified in 22 TEX. ADMIN. CODE §78.13, which includes diagnosis.  The TBCE will meet as scheduled at its quarterly board meeting on November 17, 2016, and address the matter further at that time, in accordance with the rules and regulations regarding its procedures.