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A Pivotal Moment for Chiropractic in Texas: TMA vs. TBCE/TCA Appeal
Written by Andrea Howard   
Monday, February 19, 2018 09:34 AM
The Texas Chiropractic Association is hosting a Live Tele Town Hall on Thursday, February 22, at 7:30 p.m. CT to discuss and answer questions on the upcoming appeal in the Texas Medical Association (TMA) vs. Texas Board of Chiropractic Examiners (TBCE) and Texas Chiropractic Association (TCA) law suit. To register, please visit http://tcalivealert.pagedemo.co.
 
The biggest question looming over the case: Is Chiropractic on the Chopping Block? 
 
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TCA’s Premium, Elite Membership – A Great CE Option (and Value)
Written by Jeff Jenkins   
Monday, February 19, 2018 09:21 AM
Still planning out your CE hours for the year? The Texas Chiropractic Association has three great choices for you – and an opportunity to save money off your registration fees while supporting chiropractic in Texas.
 
Whether you’re a TCA member or not, consider upgrading to the Premium or Elite membership. The Premium membership includes the price of a conference registration in your membership fee, while the Elite membership is your all-access pass to all three TCA conferences.
 
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TCA’S REPONSE TO BLUE CROSS BLUE SHIELD
Written by Andrea Howard   
Friday, February 16, 2018 11:08 AM

Chiropractors across the country are rightfully upset about the recent policy change at Blue Cross Blue Shield in which BCBS is denying payments for E/M Services, particularly those when billed with the modifier 25. Please know that TCA is well-aware of what’s happening and is determining the next steps to take.

Here is TCA’s official response to our members and all Texas chiropractors:

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Influenza Hospitalizations Highest on Record, Flu Reminders For Staff
Written by Editor   
Thursday, February 15, 2018 09:29 AM

Overall hospitalizations for influenza-like illness (ILI) are at their highest since the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) began collecting such data. 

"In the past week, we have seen increased [ILI] activity, more hospitalizations, and tragically, more flu-associated deaths in children and adults," the acting director, CDC, said. "As of this week, overall hospitalizations are now the highest we've seen, even higher than in 2014-2015, our previous high season. Unfortunately, our latest tracking data indicate that flu activity is still high and widespread across most of the nation. This is an unusual pattern for flu in the [United States]."

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Congressional House Introduces Bill to Expand Chiropractic Access to Military Families
Written by Editor   
Thursday, February 15, 2018 09:26 AM

A bill introduced recently in the Congressional House of Representatives and supported by the American Chiropractic Association (ACA) would expand access to chiropractic services to military retirees, dependents and survivors through the Department of Defense TRICARE health program.

The legislation (H.R. 4973), introduced by Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Ala.) and Rep. Dave Loebsack (D-Iowa), would not only enable those who currently receive chiropractic care to continue their treatment but would also establish, in the wake of the nationwide opioid crisis, an important non-drug option for pain management in the program.

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National Health Spending at $3.5 Trillion, $5+ Trillion in Less Than a Decade
Written by Editor   
Thursday, February 15, 2018 09:07 AM

National health spending grew by an estimated 4.6% in 2017, to $3.5 trillion, up slightly from a 4.3% increase in the growth rate in 2016, officials from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) said Wednesday.

The projected increase was due in part to increased growth in Medicare spending and higher premiums for health insurance bought through the Affordable Care Act's marketplaces, officials said. Over the longer term, national health spending is expected to increase 5.5% annually over the next decade -- 1% faster than the increase in the gross domestic product during that period -- reaching a total of $5.7 trillion by 2026.

Spending on physician and clinical services grew by an estimated 5% in 2017, to $698.3 billion, a decline from 5.4% in 2016, said an economist at CMS's National Health Statistics Group. The proliferation of high-deductible health plans, which encourage less spending on healthcare, will have contributed to that deceleration.

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Neurotransmitters, Adrenals, Blood Sugar & Nutrition
Written by Andrea Howard   
Thursday, February 15, 2018 12:00 AM

Guest Contributor Jesse Davis, DC
Sponsored by Innate Response

The adrenal glands are a primary stress response organ and play a key secondary role in raising blood sugar. Primarily performed by pancreas-originating glucagon, adrenal hormones, like cortisol, and neurotransmitters like epinephrine, contribute to raising blood sugar as well. Since glucose in the blood is critical for brain function, the body employs a tight web of control using several mechanisms to regulate blood sugar levels. 

When blood sugar is physiologically detected as low, glucagon is secreted by the pancreas to promote the release of glycogen from the liver. This same mechanism is how epinephrine (aka adrenaline) raises blood sugar in the body. Epinephrine is also released during times of acute stress such as a threat or noxious stimuli.  Epinephrine is directly mediated by the central nervous system (CNS) through the sympathetic nerve system, which stimulates the adrenal medulla.
 

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Fed Up With Drug Companies, Hospitals Decide to Start Their Own
Written by Editor   
Wednesday, February 14, 2018 12:31 PM

Several major hospital systems, including Ascension, a Catholic system that is the nation’s largest nonprofit hospital group, plan to form a new nonprofit company, that will provide a number of generic drugs to the hospitals. The Department of Veterans Affairs is also expressing interest in participating.  In all, about 300 hospitals are now included in the group. Other hospitals are expected to join.

Group leaders said they planned to focus only on certain drugs. “There are individual places where there are problems,” he said. “We are not indicting an entire industry.”  A professor of medicine at the Duke University School of Medicine who has studied the generic drug market and is advising the effort, said: “If they all agree to buy enough to sustain this effort, you will have a huge threat to people that are trying to manipulate the generic drug market.”

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Producing Drugs on 3D Printers?
Written by Editor   
Wednesday, February 07, 2018 09:02 AM

It may become available sooner than you think.  Doctors, pharmacists, or anyone could fabricate drugs on demand using 3D printers.  

Researchers at the University of Glasgow have unveiled a new process of building “reactionware," or small reactors that can produce drugs, using a $2,000 off-the-shelf 3D printer, Science reports. The new process makes it possible for anyone to fabricate drugs, allowing doctors in developing nations to quickly produce medicines to curtail outbreaks, or even let you produce your own ibuprofen at home.

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Research Priorities of the Canadian Chiropractic Profession
Written by Editor   
Tuesday, February 06, 2018 08:35 AM

It is widely known that research funds are limited.  A healthcare profession that supports research activity should establish research priority areas.  Canadian chiropractic organizations have established such priorities.  This study's objective was to identify research priority areas for the Canadian chiropractic profession, and for stakeholders in the chiropractic profession to rank these in order of importance.

Researchers conducted a modified Delphi consensus study between August 2015 and May 2017 to determine the views of Canadian chiropractic organizations (e.g. Canadian Chiropractic Association; provincial associations) and stakeholder groups (e.g. chiropractic educational institutions; researchers). 

Participants completed three online Delphi survey rounds. In Round 1, participants suggested research areas within four broad research themes:

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President's Message Feb 2018
Written by Andrea Howard   
Thursday, February 01, 2018 04:30 PM

A Pivotal Time for Chiropractic in Texas

Now is a pivotal time for the chiropractic in profession in Texas! February 28 is the date for the hearing for the Texas Medical Association (TMA) vs. Texas Board of Chiropractic Examiners (TBCE) and Texas Chiropractic Association (TCA) appeal. The Third District of Texas will hear oral arguments in the case, with representatives from TBCE and TCA representing the chiropractic side.

By now, every TCA member should know what’s at stake – your ability to diagnose and treat nerves and the subluxation complex. TMA, in its ongoing attack on chiropractic, is trying to strike TBCE Board rules that allow you to treat conditions as simple as sciatica.

Don’t take my word for it! Find out what this case really means and how it could impact the future of chiropractic in the Lone Star State. 

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Substantial Utilization of Chiropractic Among U.S. Adults Yields Positive Outcomes
Written by Editor   
Thursday, February 01, 2018 09:51 AM

The Foundation for Chiropractic Progress (F4CP), a leading voice in the chiropractic profession, points to an analysis of a national survey recently published in the journal, SPINE. This analysis examines the prevalence, patterns and predictors of chiropractic utilization in the U.S. general population, and reports a substantial proportion of U.S. adults utilized chiropractic services with positive outcomes for overall well-being and/or specific health problems.

Sherry McAllister, executive vice president, F4CP, says, “This is further validation of the growing utilization of chiropractic care nationwide, and reaffirms our commitment to providing Americans with drug-free pain management options. Chiropractic care provides a safe, first-line approach to manage spine and joint-related pain before opioids.”

Based on an analysis of the National Health Interview Survey (NHIS), the principal and reliable source of comprehensive health care, the lifetime and 12-month prevalence of chiropractic use were 24.0 percent and 8.4 percent, respectively.

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Oral Arguments Set for Appeal of TMA v. TBCE
Written by Editor   
Saturday, January 27, 2018 05:20 PM

The appeal in the Texas Medical Association (TMA) vs. Texas Board of Chiropractors (TBCE) lawsuit is continuing to move forward.  The Court of Appeals for the Third District of Texas in Austin has notified the parties involved in this case that submission and oral arguments will be held Wednesday, February 28, 2018 at 1:30 PM before Justices Puryear, Pemberton, and Bourland.

If the 2016 Travis County District Court decision isn’t overturned, it could negatively impact the future of chiropractic in the Lone Star State.  The TCA, a defendant in the case, will continue to fight to protect the right of Texas chiropractors to treat nerve-related conditions, including the subluxation complex.

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TBCE Proposes Rules Changes for 2018
Written by Editor   
Sunday, January 14, 2018 05:21 PM

The Texas Board of Chiropractic Examiners have proposed a number of rules changes that the profession should be aware of.  This article lists the recently published proposals.

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Executive Director’s Message Jan 2018
Written by Jeff Jenkins   
Friday, January 05, 2018 01:29 PM

Choose TCA for Your Continuing Education Hours 

Happy New Year! Hope it was an enjoyable and relaxing holiday. Now it’s back to the business of chiropractic.

It won’t be long for many of you start thinking about your continuing education hours. Let’s face it! Earning CE hours can be drag. No one wants to sit in the classroom all day. That’s why online learning is so appealing to many.

We encourage you to consider the Texas Chiropractic Association when planning your CE hours in Texas. TCA is hosting three conferences in 2018. You won’t get the same boring lectures. Every event features an all-star line-up and some type of hands-on training. We’ve also included additional sessions to help your practice grow.

Check out these TCA events:

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Thank You to TCA Premium and Elite Members
Written by Andrea Howard   
Thursday, October 12, 2017 03:59 PM
A Big Thank You to TCA Elite and Premium Members 

The Texas Chiropractic Association wants to thank our Elite and Premium Members for their extra support of TCA and your efforts to advance the chiropractic profession in Texas.
 
The Elite Membership is an upgraded membership that includes unlimited access to all TCA events such as the Mid-Winter Conference, Texas Sports Chiropractic Conference and Chiro Texpo, TCA’s annual convention. Cost is $1,100/year or, if you prefer, you can pay $275/quarter.
 
The Premium Membership is a high-level membership that features 16 CE hours in the price of membership. Cost is $800/year or $200/quarter.
 
A significant discount off conference registration fees isn’t the only benefit of the Elite and Premium memberships. A portion of Elite and Premium membership dues support TCA’s Chiropractic Development Initiative (CDI), which funds TCA’s advocacy, legal and public relations efforts.
 
To join as a TCA Elite or Premium Member or upgrade your membership, contact the TCA office at (512) 477-9292 or email info@chirotexas.org. You also can join online or complete and return the Elite application and Premium application.
 
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Call for Keeler Award Nominations
Monday, October 09, 2017 12:00 AM

Keeler Plaque Call for Nominations

TCA is accepting nominations for the Keeler Plaque, the Texas Chiropractic Association’s most prestigious award.  The Keeler Plaque designates the chiropractor of the year in Texas.

TCA members are encouraged to nominate a colleague who is a fellow TCA member. The list of nominations is presented to the Keeler Plaque Committee, which will select the honoree. Nominations are not held over from year to year.

Nominations for the 2018 Keeler Plaque are due by May 17.

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Chiropractic Cares: Harvey Help
Written by Editor   
Thursday, September 07, 2017 05:35 PM

How to Help Those Affected by Hurricane Harvey

The Texas Chiropractic Association, Texas Chiropractic College and Parker University have teamed up to create a fund for Texan chiropractors who have been affected by the storm. Monetary and chiropractic equipment donations are being requested. Learn more about C.H.I.R.O.

ACA leadership requests that if you know of any member who has been seriously affected by the storm and subsequent flooding, please pass that information on to ACA Vice President Dr. Karen Konarski-Hart at communications@acatoday.org. Dr. Konarski-Hart, a trained disaster relief responder, offers this additional information for those who wish to help in some way:

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TCA Response to TDI-DWC Proposed Changes
Written by Andrea Howard   
Friday, August 25, 2017 12:55 PM

 

 

TCA Members and Texas Chiropractors,

As many of you are aware, the Texas Department of Insurance, Division of Workers’ Compensation (the “Division”) published informal working draft rules regarding Designated Doctor Procedures and Requirements. The draft rules can be found here: http://www.tdi.texas.gov/wc/rules/drafts.html.

Doctors of Chiropractic from across Texas have contacted TCA to express their grave concerns about the impact several of these rules would have on injured workers and chiropractors. TCA shares these concerns. While TCA will be submitting comment on the proposals to the Division on behalf of its membership, the Association strongly encourages Doctors of Chiropractic to review the draft rules and submit their individual comments to the Division. It is critical that the Division hear how these draft rules would impact the chiropractic community.

Provisions in the Division’s draft rules prioritize Medical Doctors, Doctors of Osteopathy, and board-certified specialists over Doctors of Chiropractic in case assignments within the Designated Doctor Program (see draft rule § 127.5(f)(1) and (2)). Other provisions reduce chiropractic scope of practice within the Designated Doctor Program by prohibiting Doctors of Chiropractic from examining injured workers with torso-related injuries, hernia injuries, cauda equina syndrome, fractures, dislocations, tendon and nerve lacerations, compartment syndrome, and brachial plexus and lumbosacral plexus injuries (see draft rule § 127.130(b)(3), (8) and (9)).

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TCA Texas Sports Chiropractic Conference
Tuesday, June 27, 2017 09:38 AM

 

 April 6-8, 2018 | Texas Chiropractic College | Pasadena, TX

Sports means big business in Texas and doctors of chiropractic have never been more involved in the training and care of athletes at all levels. If you see high school, collegiate, professional or amateur athletes, you don’t want to miss the 2018 Texas Sports Chiropractic Conference.

Join TCA, in conjunction with Southeast Sports Seminars, April 6-8, 2018 at Texas Chiropractic College in Pasadena for this unique opportunity to earn all 16 CE hours toward your Texas license and increase your knowledge of sports chiropractic.  

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