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Texas Chiropractic Association’s New Lobbyists
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Monday, December 21, 2015 08:15 AM

Kaden NortonTCA announces a new lobby team working for the profession, Norton & Massingill, PLCC.  


The Texas Chiropractic Association recently hired Norton & Massingill, PLLC, based in Cedar Park, as its new lobbyist. Representing TCA are principals Kaden Norton and Josh Massingill.

Norton obtained his law degree from Pepperdine University’s School of Law. Norton also studied at the Straus Institute, one of the country’s premier alternative dispute resolution schools. He has significant experience in a wealth of legal areas and has an intimate knowledge of the Texas legislative process.

Josh Massingill
A native Texan, Massingill also graduated from Pepperdine University’s School of Law and the Straus Institute. Massingill served as a legislative counsel to a U.S. Representative in Washington, D.C., until 2014, before returning to Texas. As counsel to the Texas Senate Commission of Health and Human Services, he managed a broad portfolio of legal and regulatory issues and contributed to significant legislative reforms.

TCA President James E. Welch, Jr., said the association expects big things from Norton & Massingill on behalf of TCA.

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TBCE:  Keep Your Address Current
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Sunday, November 22, 2015 10:03 PM

"Board Rule 75.1 requires licensees to maintain a current physical home and business address with the Board. " 

"The same rule also requires licensees to notify the Board in writing of any change in address within 30 days of that change."

“Additionally, Board Rule 73.4 requires a facility to notify the Board in writing of any change in street or mailing address or ownership within 30 days of that change."

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TBCE:  Continuing Education
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Monday, November 16, 2015 07:15 AM

The Texas Board of Chiropractic Examiners reports that “effective January 1, 2016, no more than ten (10) hours may be obtained through online courses.  A webinar and/or tele seminar is considered a LIVE course as it is real time and interactive.”  Currently “no more than six (6) hours may be obtained through online courses."

TBCE also reminds us that “a licensee must complete sixteen (16) hours of approved continuing education each renewal cycle, four (4) of which are in Board-required topics and a one-time eight (8) hour requirement for Medicare.  The Board-required topics included a minimum of three (3) hours specifically related to the Board’s rules including the Board’s code of ethics, record keeping, documentation and coding and a minimum of one (1) hour of risk management that relates to the practice of chiropractic in Texas.  These required hours cannot be taken online, unless the course is offered directly from the TBCE."

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TBCE:  Disciplinary Actions July Through September 2015
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Monday, November 09, 2015 11:46 AM

The Texas Board of Chiropractic Examiners (TBCE) for the three months from July through September, 2015 issued:

  • Five $250 administrative penalties:

    • 3 for failure to notify the Board of a change of address,
    • 1 for failure to release patient records, and
    • 1 for failure to maintain patient records.
  • One $500 administrative penalty for advertising services outside of the scope of chiropractic practice.

  • One $750 administrative penalty for advertising services outside of the scope of chiropractic practice, and for failure to use required verbiage to fully identify himself.

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TBCE:  Changes at the TBCE
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Monday, November 02, 2015 07:58 AM

New changes are in the air for the TBCE.  “In May of 2016, the agency will undergo a review by the Sunset Commission.  With that review, some things will change and yet some will remain the same. … you may have noticed a change in the TBCE website.  It has been updated for easier reading and to better enhance your ability to find information."

The Texas Board of Chiropractic Examiners (TBCE) has hired a new executive director and a new chief financial officer.  “Mrs. Patricia Gilbert, who hails from the Texas Department of Insurance, Division of Workers’ Compensation” will serve as the new Executive Director of the TBCE.  The new Chief Financial Officer will be "Mr. James Coburn with a vast array of experience and a wealth of new ideas."

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TBCE:  ICD-10 "NOT an Option"
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Tuesday, October 27, 2015 10:18 AM

There has been a great deal of confusion regarding the implementation of the ICD-10 diagnostic coding system.  The TBCE reports that “it is a federal requirement that you comply, regardless of what kind of health insurance your patients have.  It’s every HIPPA covered entity.  This includes cash practices.  You are not exempt."

“You must give your patients a … receipt that has the correct International Coding Diagnostic (ICD) 10 coding for them to submit to their insurance company to get proper reimbursement for the services they received from your office."

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