TBCE Seeks Input
Written by Editor   
Friday, October 04, 2013 08:01 AM
The Texas Board of Chiropractic Examiners will be considering action on a few rules in the next few months and is gathering stakeholder input on these items.  Please send any comments on the below rules to tbce@tbce.state.tx.us for the Board's consideration.

 

1) APPROVED CONTINUING EDUCATION COURSES

The Board is looking at Rule 73.7 to require course sponsors to a) submit proposed advertising for courses with the application form to the Board and b) certify on the application that all advertising is consistent with the approved course content.

2)  FEES

The Board will be looking at possible amendments to Rule 75.7 on October 8th at a special Board meeting.

During the recent legislative session, the Legislature approved appropriations to the Board, but made certain appropriations and staff authorizations contingent upon the Board raising revenue.  Based on current revenue projections for FY 14-15, the Board estimates that it only needs to raise $115,000 total in revenue during FY 14-15 (in addition to what is already collected) in order to meet the contingent revenue rider requirements.

In order to raise this $115,000, the Board will consider whether to raise certain fees.  At its August meeting, Board members expressed a desire to avoid and/or minimize increasing license and facility renewal fees.  Therefore, the Board will try to concentrate on fees such as the inactive license processing fee, application fees, CE fees charged to course sponsors, etc.

3)  SPECIALTIES

The Board has been considering how to deal with "chiropractic specialties" over the last few years.  At the most recent Board meeting, it was suggested that the Board propose a new rule (Rule 77.5) to allow those with a diplomate (or certain fellows) to represent themselves as specialists in that field.

It has also been suggested that if a licensee represents himself/herself as a specialist because of a diplomate/fellowship, he/she must spell out the organization granting that diplomate/fellowship.  (For example, if an advertisement or public communication advertises Dr. John Smith as a specialist in chiropractic nutrition because of a diplomate, it should read like this: "Dr. John Smith, D.C., DACBN (Diplomate, American Clinical Board of Nutrition) - specialist in chiropractic nutrition."

Please send any comments or ideas on these topics to the Board at tbce@tbce.state.tx.us.  

If you have any questions, please contact Yvette Yarbrough, Executive Director, at (512) 305-6716.
 
Thank you in advance for your help!  Your responses will be considered by the Rules Committee and the Board -- all comments are forwarded to Board members for their consideration.
 
Sincerely,


Yvette Yarbrough
Executive Director
Texas Board of Chiropractic Examiners