Celebration Is Over … Time to Get Back to Work for Chiropractic!
Written by Max Vige, DC   
Wednesday, August 23, 2017 10:20 AM

 President’s Message

Summer is nearly over, vacations are done, the kids are back in school and the Texas Chiropractic Association is back to work for you, our members, and the entire Texas chiropractic community. Not that we took much of a break after an exhausting but, ultimately successful, 2017 Legislative Session that resulted in four pro-chiropractic bills being signed into law.  

TCA fought hard for the passage of SB 304, which extended the Texas Board of Chiropractic Examiners (TBCE) for 12 more years. By now, you know your right to diagnose is clearly established in the Texas Chiropractic Act. But, as of September 1, 2017, you no longer have to pay TBCE an annual facility registration. This is in addition to the $200 savings off your fees that TCA fought for and won during the 2015 Legislative Session. Meanwhile, SB 679 opened doors for doctors of chiropractic interested in expanding the range of services in their practice; signing of the “professional associations bill” allows you to form business entities with medical doctors, doctors of osteopathy and podiatrists. Whether this is important to you or not, it puts chiropractors on a more even playing field. 

After unquestionably the finest legislative session in decades, chiropractors from Amarillo to Zapata rejoiced. After much celebration, it’s gotten pretty quiet again and that concerns me. We won, right? So, everything is OK again. The answer is a definitive no. The “Fight to Save Texas Chiropractic” is not over, not by a long way.

TCA is seeking to overturn a ruling handed down last year in Travis County District Court, in which the court ruled in favor of the Texas Medical Association (TMA) stripping our rights to diagnose, treat nerves, and the subluxation complex.  This summer, TCA filed its appeal in the Third Court of Appeals.  We are going to fight for the profession and our patients.  The TMAcontended these were outside of our scope. Every chiropractor, not just in Texas, should be deeply concerned about what happens in the appeal of the TMA vs. TBCE lawsuit. This is a serious threat to the future of chiropractic in the Lone Star State and losing isn’t an option.

TCA also became aware of recent proposed rules changes by the Texas Department of Insurance’s Division of Workers Compensation that could be devastating to the several hundred chiropractors involved in the Designated Doctor program. Please know TCA is working hard to ensure that DCs are treated fairly and have full access to the program. Comments are due to TDI by Sept. 1, 2017. Stay tuned for updates! 

So, the question remains: What can you do to help?

1. Attend the Foot Levelers Extremities Seminar Benefiting the Fight for Chiropractic in Texas – Don’t miss this weekend seminar on Sept. 16-17 at the Wyndham Riverwalk San Antonio. This is a hands-on seminar featuring two nationally respected extremity experts, Drs. Mark Charrette and Kevin Wong. You can earn 12 CE hours, but that’s not really the main point. Because of the generosity of Foot Levelers, every dollar raised will go to the legal fund for the appeal. Register today and tell your fellow DCs!

2.  Become a TCA member – TCA proved its value during the recent legislative session, so what are you waiting for? If you’re already a member, upgrade to a Premium or Elite membership (which includes your CE hours in your dues) and encourage your colleagues to join. If you’re not a member, join today!

3.  Contribute to the Chiropractic Development Initiative (CDI)– Your donations made a huge difference during the recent legislative session, providing TCA with the resources we needed to get important bills passed. And it worked! Now the focus is on the TMA vs. TBCE appeal. Aside from paying for the current legal bills for the appeal, we’re planning ahead for Round 3 – when, most likely, this case advances to the Texas Supreme Court. Remember, you CDI donation is tax-deductible; you can write it off as a business expense. Make a one-time donation or, better yet, get on monthly autodraft. Make your CDI donation today! 

4.  Stay connected – Want to know what’s really happening? Pay attention to TCA communications, including Texas Chiropractic eSource. That means opening (and reading) your emails, regularly checking the Texas Chiropractic Association Facebook page, following the TexasChiroAssn on Twitter and attending TCA state and district events. And, of course, talk to and get to know your colleagues.

TCA is YOUR state association! We’re here for you. Got a question or concern? Email us at [email protected] or call TCA headquarters at (512) 477-9292.

See you soon!

Max Vige, DC

TCA President