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TBCE Wants Your Email Address
Tuesday, July 19, 2016 02:11 PM

TBCE Rule 75.1(c) requires all licensees and registrants to submit a valid e-mail address effective September 1, 2016.

Please make sure that your current email address is on file with the Board. You can submit your request by fax to (512) 305-6705 or by email to licensing@tbce.state.tx.us

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Comments for Informal DD Changes Requested by DWC
Written by Editor   
Thursday, June 16, 2016 11:56 AM

The staff at the Division of Workers' Compensation invites your input on the following informal working draft rules.  Informal comments due by June 29, 2016.

See the draft version of DWC Form-067, Designated Doctor Certification Application | memo | track changes version | clean version |  This link will be removed when the form is final.

Informal Posting: Amended 28 TAC §152.3 regarding approval or denial of fee by the commission, amended §152.4, regarding guidelines for legal services provided to claimants and carriers, and new §152.6, regarding attorney withdrawal | Memo. Informal comments due by April 29, 2016. This link will be removed when the rule proposal is filed.

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Summary of TBCE May 17, 2016
Written by Editor   
Monday, June 13, 2016 12:00 AM

A regular meeting of the Texas Board of Chiropractic Examiners (TBCE) was held May 17, 2016, in Austin. The following is a summary of Board actions taken during this meeting.

The Board voted to adopt amendments to the following rules - effective September 1, 2016:

  • Rule 78.6 - The amendment deletes an obsolete reference to aprofessional fee which is no longer imposed as a result of HB 7 passed under the 34th Legislature and to require application of any monetary funds received by the Board to outstanding balances.

  • Rule 78.8 - The amendment removes the requirement for a 120 day hearing that is not necessary for compliance with the Administrative Procedure Act (APA) and to permit notifications of decisions and orders by electronic means sent to the current e-mail address or tele-copier, upon agreement of the respondent’s representative or the respondent, if not represented by counsel.The Board voted to propose (for comment) the following amendments to the rules:

  • Rule 72.6 - The proposed amendment reflects the Board’s most current practices in giving examinations.

  • Rule 78.6(a) - The proposed amendment updates the rule to reflect and ratify the present fee for the TBCE’s jurisprudence examination.

  • Chapter 74 - Board Staff has published notice of rule review for Chapter 74 pursuant to the Government Code §2001.039 in order to ensure consistency with the law and reach a determination of present need for the rule.

  • Rule 74.1 – The proposed amendment is part of the Board’s review ofChapter 74 to fulfill its ongoing duty to conduct agency rule review.

  • Rule 74.2 - The proposed amendment is part of the Board’s review of Chapter 74 to fulfill its ongoing duty to conduct agency rule review and also reflects the transfer of administration duties from the Department of State Health Services (DSHS) to the Texas Medical Board (TMB) asrequired by Senate Bill 202.

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Sunset Review of the Texas Board of Chiropractic Examiners
Written by Editor   
Monday, June 13, 2016 12:00 AM

The mission and performance of the Texas Board of Chiropractic Examiners are under review by the Legislature as required under the Texas Sunset Act. The Act provides that the Sunset Commission, composed of legislators and public members, periodically evaluate a state agency to determine if the agency is still needed and to explore ways to ensure that the agency's funds are well spent. Based on the recommendations of the Sunset Commission, the Texas Legislature ultimately decides whether an agency continues to operate into the future.

The Sunset review involves three steps. First, Sunset Commission staff will evaluate the Board of Chiropractic Examiners and issue a report in October 2016 recommending solutions to problems found. A month or so later, the Sunset Commission will meet to hear public testimony on the agency and the recommendations of the Sunset staff. Based on public input and the Sunset staff report, the Sunset Commission will adopt recommendations for the full Legislature to consider when it convenes in January 2017. Please refer to the Sunset Commission website or call the office for updated information on specific dates for these meetings.

Through the Sunset review, every Texan has the opportunity to suggest ways in which the mission and operations of the Board of Chiropractic Examiners can be strengthened. If you would like to share your ideas about the board, please send an email to the address below, use the comment form on the Sunset Commission website, or contact Carissa Nash of the Sunset staff. Suggestions are preferred by June 14, 2016, so they can be fully considered by the commission staff.

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Texas Chiropractic Stats, April 2016
Written by Editor   
Sunday, June 12, 2016 12:00 AM
Active License                           5121
CE-Conditional License              414
Expired License                          236
Inactive License                          616
Non-Renewable License*         2560
Probated License                         15
Suspended License                       5

 

Active Chiropractic Facility Registration          4278
Expired Facility Registration                              208

 

Active Rad Techs                         65
Expired Rad Tech registration      41
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TBCE Disciplinary Actions March-April 2016
Written by Editor   
Sunday, June 12, 2016 12:00 AM

LETTER OF REPRIMAND AND COMPLIANCE ORDER

The TBCE issued seven letters of reprimand.  Three letters of reprimand for failure to notify the Board of a change of address; one for failing to respond to Board inquiries and to comply with a Board order (also required to take and pass the Jurisprudence exam); one for failure to notify the Board of a criminal conviction; one for engaging in deceptive advertising; one agreed final order to create and provide a compliance plan for failing to differentiate his businesses. 

CEASE AND DESIST ORDER

The TBCE issued 30 Cease and Desist Orders for operation of unregistered or expired facility registration, or expired license; one for practicing without a license; one for expired facility registration who was also required to pass the Ethics and Boundaries Assessment Services (EBAS) essay exam for committing deception and/or fraud; and one who must pass EBAS essay exam, sit for the Texas Jurisprudence Examination, and license suspension with probation until 2019, and ordered to attend Alcoholic Anonymous meetings.

FINES

The TBCE issued three fines for $250, one for failure to notify the Board of a change of address, one for failing to maintain records, one for failing to differentiate a facility from another business;  two $500 fines for failing to respond to Board inquiries; eight fines of $1000, three for failing to respond to Board inquires, and five for maintaining unsanitary or unsafe conditions; one $1500 fine for lack of diligence and allowing an unlicensed to practice; one $2000 fine for failing to respond to Board inquiries.

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