Executive Director's Message, March 2018
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Monday, March 05, 2018 04:43 PM

Last Week was one of the busiest weeks of the year for the Texas Chiropractic Association, with activity in three different time zones. 

It started in Washington, DC, with TCA President Dr. Max Vige leading a small contingent of Texans to the National Chiropractic Leadership Conference (NCLC). Team TCA met with national and state leaders from both the American Chiropractic Association (ACA) and Congress of Chiropractic State Associations (COCSA) to educate the rest of the country about the daily battles Texas chiropractors face in the Lone Star State, to increase awareness and to build our coalition. It’s always inspiring to learn from other states how we can make chiropractic in Texas stronger.

At NCLC 2018, TCA Past President and ACA Legislative Co-Chair Dr. Dale White Jr., TCA Legislative Affairs Committee Chair Dr. Don White and others met with Congressional staff to secure sponsors for possible bills to 1) allow doctors of chiropractic to participate in the National Health Service Corps; 2) enact further steps to eliminate disparities in veterans’ access to chiropractic care; 3) provide TRICARE beneficiaries with access to chiropractic; and 4) allow health care providers (including DCs) to travel with sports teams. Medicare reform also remains a top ACA priority. A big thank you to the doctors and students who took the time to participate in these important legislative visits on Capitol Hill.

Finally, Dr. Don White was recognized by ACA with the F. Dow Bates PAC Leadership Award for his active involvement in ACA’s fundraising efforts. Dr. White continues to do the same for the TCA Political Action Committee (TCA PAC). Congratulations to Dr. White for your tireless dedication to the profession at the national and state levels!

Meanwhile, all eyes were on the Third Court of Appeals, which met in Austin to hear oral arguments in the appeal of the Texas Medical Association (TMA) vs. the Texas Board of Chiropractic Examiners (TBCE) and Texas Chiropractic Association (TCA) lawsuit. If you’ve listened to any of TCA’s recent town hall meetings or are active on the Texas Chiropractic Association Facebook group, you should grasp the importance of this case; at stake are your right to diagnose and treat nerve-related conditions and the subluxation complex. It’s the latest attempt by TMA to limit the scope of Texas chiropractors and the court’s decision could change the profession as we know it.

TCA was well-represented by lead attorney Matt Wood of Weisbart Springer Hayes, LLP. Mr. Wood made forceful arguments on behalf of Texas chiropractors. A big thank you to TCA Legal Affairs Committee Chair Dr. Tom Hollingsworth, who put in countless hours of research to ensure TCA was well-prepared.

A decision from the Third Court of Appeals will come later this year, perhaps as early as this summer. In the meantime, we ask members to contribute to TCA’s Chiropractic Development Initiative (CDI), which funds TCA’s advocacy, legal defense and public relations efforts. Make a one-time donation or, better yet, get on monthly autodraft. Currently, only 10% of TCA’s members contribute to CDI; we need more of you on board to have the resources to continue the fight. For past CDI contributors, thank you for your generosity!

Finally, the week concluded with a trip to Las Vegas for Parker Seminars Las Vegas 2018. The event was outstanding – elite speakers, great networking and lots of buzz in the exhibit hall. A job well-done to Parker President Dr. Bill Morgan and his team for putting on a first-class event! TCA was excited to be there to supporting one of our chiropractic schools.

Next up is TCA’s Mid-Winter Conference coming up Friday through Sunday in Lubbock. We’re back at the Overton Hotel & Conference Center, one of the finest venues in the Texas Panhandle. The speaker line-up, led by chiropractic advocate Dr. Dan Sullivan, is one of the deepest we’ve assembled in years. Online registration has officially closed, but please call the TCA office at (512) 477-9292. Consider registering your chiropractic assistant and team for CA/staff training with Phyllis Frase-Charrette; there are a few spots remaining. And don’t miss Keith Pendleton’s featured session on a recent law suit that could affect chiropractors, especially those involved in personal injury!

If you can’t make the trip to Lubbock, please know that YOUR state association is working hard for you and your patients EVERY day!

Jeffrey S. Jenkins
TCA Executive Director