Designated Doctor Rule Changes Proposed
Written by Editor   
Thursday, August 24, 2017 06:57 AM

The Texas Department of Insurance, Division of Workers’ Compensation (TDI-DWC) has proposed sweeping changes to its Designated Doctor program that may negatively impact participating Doctors of Chiropractic. The proposals are extensive and include changes to scheduling and examination procedures as well as qualification criteria for various types of injuries. The “Informal Working Draft Rules” can be viewed at www.tdi.texas.gov/wc/rules/drafts.html

"It is the position of the Texas Chiropractic Association that we will support rule changes that improve the function of the workers' compensation system. However, TCA cannot support rule changes that place one profession over another or those intended to control scope of practice. Scope of practice, whether chiropractic, podiatric, dental, or other, is already established in law and should only be regulated by the Legislature and the respective occupational licensing boards of the respective professions. We, along with our attorneys, are working diligently to determine the full extent of these draft rule changes and the negative effect that these rule changes will have on chiropractors across Texas."

TCA is preparing to submit formal comment to TDI-DWC on behalf of its members and will be available to review after it is officially submitted. . However, individual doctors are strongly encouraged to personally review the proposals and provide feedback to the agency by emailing InformalRuleComments@tdi.texas.gov. The deadline for submitting comments is September 1 at 5:00 PM Central Time.