Getting Busy Again
Written by Max Vige, DC   
Thursday, September 14, 2017 03:00 PM

President’s Message

It’s a busy news cycle for the chiropractic profession in Texas. It feels like non-stop action  and the Texas Chiropractic Association is almost as busy as it was during the 85th Texas Legislative Session.

The appeal of the Texas Medical Association (TMA) vs. Texas Board of Chiropractic Examiners (TBCE) lawsuit reached a new phase. Last weekend, TCA received TMA’s brief – all 100+ pages – and, not surprisingly, there were plenty of red flags. It’s clear that TMA firmly believes that doctors of chiropractic (DCs) have no business dabbling in neurology of any kind. Your right to treat nerves and the subluxation complex are in jeopardy and TCA doesn’t take this lightly. We’ll work closely with our legal counsel before filing our response later this month.   

While TCA prepares our appeal, the legal bills are mounting and we could use your assistance. Join us for the Foot Levelers Extremities Seminar Benefiting the Fight for Chiropractic in Texas this weekend, Saturday and Sunday, September 16-17, at the Wyndham Riverwalk San Antonio. Aside from hearing outstanding speakers, all proceeds benefit the Chiropractic Development Initiative (CDI). Not registered yet? You can sign up for the seminar on-site. Can’t make the seminar? You can still make a CDI donation online, either a one-time contribution or get on monthly autodraft. Remember, your CDI donation is tax-deductible.  This tax deductible contribution literally puts money back in your pocket as we DEFEND our profession from the numerous attacks.

There are other serious threats to chiropractic beyond the appeal. The Texas Department of Insurance’s Division of Workers’ Compensation (TDC-DWC) recently released proposed rules changes that potentially could restrict access to DCs involved in the Designated Doctor program. TCA submitted its own response and many of you provided your own comments before the deadline. Thank you for sharing your input! In addition, TCA continues to work behind the scenes to protect your ability to perform acupuncture.

Want to know more about these issues? Join us for the next TCA Live Tele Town Hall, Chiropractic in Texas: New Threats and What TCA Is Doing to Protect the Profession in Texas, at 7:30 p.m. CT Tuesday, September 19. You should have received the invitation by email or text. If you didn’t, please reach out to the TCA office at info@chirotexas.org. Join me, TCA Vice President Dr. Devin Pettiet and our two lobbyists, Josh Massingill and Kaden Norton, for this virtual meeting. Register online and we’ll send you the call-in information the day of the event.  As a profession we must stay informed to share the victories and challenges with our fellow DCs and our patients.

But advocacy isn’t our only purpose. TCA is here for our members, and all Texas chiropractors. In response to the hundreds of DCs on the Gulf Coast affected by Hurricane Harvey, TCA launched Chiropractors Helping in Relief Operations (C.H.I.R.O.). Several doctors affected by Harvey have reached out to TCA and communicated their needs and even more DCs have offered to donate chiropractic tables, equipment, office furniture, etc. While my clinic was flooded, I expect to be back in business very soon, but some of my colleagues aren’t as fortunate. There’s still time to donate and/or make a monetary contribution, which solely will be used to transport and distribute tables and other items. We are close to finalizing details and hope to deliver everything by the end of the month. Please reach out to the TCA office at (512) 477-9292, email us at info@chirotexas.org or visit www.chirotexas.org/chiro-help for more details.

 TCA also got some welcomed news when it learned the State Bar of Texas sued, fined and suspended Austin attorney Omar Rosales. You may remember Rosales as the lawyer who contacted dozens of chiropractors around the state claiming that your websites weren’t ADA-compliant. TCA sent a cease and desist order on your behalf and filed a complaint with the State Bar of Texas. It worked … the State Bar alluded to TCA when handing down its decision. Check out the article on the TCA website. 

TCA is ALWAYS looking out for you and your patients. And, as Harvey continues to prove, you look out for each other. It makes me PROUD to be a chiropractor, and an honor to serve you.

Sincerely,

Max Vige, DC

TCA President