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Proper Care of Your Hydrocollator
Written by John Riggs III, DC   
Friday, June 10, 2016 12:00 AM
How to Avoid Unsanitary Conditions/Complaints

by John. H. Riggs, D.C., Enforcement Committee Chair

The Texas Board of Chiropractic Examiners (TBCE) receives numerous complaints about dirty or unsanitary hydrocollators resulting in the violation of Grossly Unprofessional Conduct (Board Rule 78.1(a)(1)) for maintaining unsanitary or unsafe equipment.

A violation can lead to fines of up to $1,000 per day and even revocation (3rd offense). Frequently, the complaints detail rust on the packs, dirty water containers, and calcium buildup have been noted.

The manufacturers provide cleaning and care instructions in the owner’s manuals. Failing to maintain your equipment can not only result in voiding the warranty, it can also lead to Board sanctions.

Proper care and cleaning of your hydrocollator packs and unit will help avoid Board complaints and costly sanctions. It is difficult to keep these units clean and it is recommended that a cleaning schedule be created that requires signed acknowledgment of completion. Alternatives include electrical hot packs to avoid the mess.

The following steps, while not all exhaustive, will help avoid these issues.

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News from the Federation of Chiropractic Licensing Boards
Written by Editor   
Wednesday, June 08, 2016 12:00 AM

The Federation of Chiropractic Licensing Boards hosted its 90th Annual Educational Congress in Phoenix, Arizona.  The conference focused on clarity in regulation, and approximately 145 attendees from North America, Australia, and New Zealand represented chiropractic licensing boards, testing, associations, and chiropractic colleges at the congress.

The FCLB promoted their CERTIFIED CHIROPRACTIC CLINICAL ASSISTANTS program.  With one in 20 malpractice claims relating to injuries with therapies, CA training and monitoring has become a regulatory concern.  In most US jurisdictions, there is no regulatory oversight for chiropractic assistants the FCLB reports.  As a service to member boards, the FCLB has developed a multi-part program for certifying and regulating chiropractic clinical assistants. The components of this program include:  Model documents for boards that do not currently regulate CAs; a database of PACE Recognized continuing education programs that offer both online and live CA training; and a complete CA certification program that combines minimum training standards and experience, an examination developed and administered by the NBCE, and continuing education requirements to maintain certification.  To learn more about this program, please visit the FCLB website and click on “Chiro Assistants.”

The FCLB also reported on its developing Passport program that will offer selective authentication of licensure status for temporary mobility.  Our new program will include NPI  information as well as verification of good standing and clean criminal backgrounds for DCs interested in traveling to treat. 

Continuing on the FCLB Board of Directors is Dr. Cynthia Tays (TX), District IV FCLB Director.
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Texas.gov Makes Professional Licensing Easy
Written by Editor   
Wednesday, May 11, 2016 12:00 AM

Texas.gov is the official website of the state of Texas where more than 1,000 services are available to help Texans quickly and securely take care of their government business online. Many of these services allow professionals to apply for or renew their state-issued licenses from the comfort of their home or office.

Renew a Chiropractic Doctor License online with the Texas Board of Chiropractic Examiners.

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Keeping PACE with Continuing Education
Written by Editor   
Monday, April 11, 2016 01:00 PM

The Texas Board of Chiropractic Examiners accepts PACE recognition as satisfying the requirements of the Board for purposes of the licensure renewal process. PACE is an acronym for Providers of Approved Continuing Education and is a program of the Federation of Chiropractic Licensing Boards (FCLB).  PACE frees the Texas Board of Chiropractic Examiners (TBCE) from slogging through stacks of course applications because PACE providers have already been reviewed for compliance with PACE standards. However, courses must still be individually registered with the TBCE. 

In lieu of the Texas Continuing Education Course Approval Application, PACE Providers may submit a much simplified form along with the appropriate registration fees. To receive full CE credit, attendance data must be uploaded to the PACE database within 30 days of course completion. 

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TBCE Simplifies Address Change Notification Process
Written by Editor   
Wednesday, April 06, 2016 12:08 PM

The law requires when a licensed DC changes his or her address that the Texas Board of Chiropractic Examiners (TBCE) be notified of the change.  With failure to timely notify the TBCE being a frequent disciplinary action resulting in hundreds of dollars of fines, the TBCE announces that they have simplified this into a three-step process.

1.  Click on the form at left, or at www.tbce.state.tx.us/documents/change_of_address.pdf, and fill in the form online.

2.  Save the form to your computer.

3.  Email the saved form as attachment to tbce@tbce.texas.gov

That's all you need to do to prevent large fines.

So when you change your mailing address, your home address, your business address, your facility address, or your e-mail addresses be sure to quickly send the form to the TBCE to keep your records up to date.  It only takes a few moments! 

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Texas Chiropractic Stats as of Feb. 2016
Written by Editor   
Tuesday, April 05, 2016 12:00 AM

The Texas Board of Chiropractic Examiners reports that as of the end of February 2016 there were:

  • 5160 Active licenses
  • 386 CE-Conditional licenses
  • 211 Expired licenses
  • 616 Inactive licenses
  • 2539 Non-Renewable licensees (includes licenses expiration after one year, closure at DC's request, or for noncompliance with CE
  • 18 Probated licenses
  • 5 Suspended licenses
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