TBCE Hurricane Harvey Response
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Monday, September 18, 2017 05:02 PM

In the wake of Hurricane Harvey, the TBCE reports that it has received many calls and inquiries from Texas-based and out-of-state chiropractic licensees regarding how they can assist Texas residents affected by the storm. Texas chiropractors have inquired about how they can provide temporary space to local chiropractors. Out-of-state chiropractors have inquired about how they can provide temporary services within legal parameters. The following information may assist in these two scenarios.

Texas Licensed Chiropractors

In offering your clinic space to other chiropractors, all applicable chiropractic professional standards of care, waivers/consent and proper patient record documentation must be adhered to. Any DC’s treating their patients in your clinic need to maintain the treatment records for their patients and ensure that the patients are clear regarding who their treating DC is. The DC’s treating in your clinic should also notify our licensing department that they are temporarily treating in any given location.

Out-of-State Chiropractors

Out-of-state chiropractors can submit an Emergency Visiting Practitioner Temporary Permit form for a 30-day temporary permit: 

While the TBCE is not placing/assigning out-of-state healthcare providers, the following entities can offer sponsorship and other information on where to provide relief.

Contacts for Provision of Services

 Texas Disaster Volunteer Registry

 American Red Cross

 Volunteer Houston

 TX Gulf Coast Voluntary OrganizationActive in Disaster (VOAD)

See also, Texas Governor Abbot’s statement regarding out-of-state providers assisting with disaster relief:

Pursuant to Section 418.016 of the code, any regulatory statute prescribing the procedures for conduct of state business or any order or rule of a state agency that would in any way prevent, hinder or delay necessary action in coping with this disaster shall be suspended upon written approval of the Office of the Governor. However, to the extent that the enforcement of any state statute or administrative rule regarding contracting or procurement would impede any state agency’s emergency response that is necessary to protect life or property threatened by this declared disaster, I hereby authorize the suspension of such statutes and rules for the duration of this declared disaster.

Source:  September 2017 Texas Chiropractic Board Report