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Acupuncture in Texas, an Historical Overview
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Tuesday, October 20, 2015 12:00 AM

Excerpts from the lawsuit between the Texas Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine v. Texas Board of Chiropractic Examiners, Motion to Strike and Appellee’s Brief, offers not only an explanation of why acupuncture may be practiced by Doctors of Chiropractic, but also provides a valuable history lesson about acupuncture in Texas.

“This case is a challenge to two administrative rules of the Texas Board of Chiropractic Examiners (Board)…. These rules define ‘incision’… , state when needles may be used in the practice of chiropractic … , state that licensees of the Board may use acupuncture and reflex techniques … , and define the terms of use of acupuncture and requirements for licensees to include acupuncture in their practice."

TAAOM “seeks a declaration … that, if the amendment to Texas Occupation Code … adding ‘nonsurgical, nonincisive’ authorizes chiropractors to practice acupuncture without a license from the Board of Acupuncture Examiners, it is unconstitutional…"

“The practice of acupuncture involves methods of diagnosing and treating a patient by, among other things, short needle insertion for the purpose of obtaining a biopositive reflex response by nerve stimulation, i.e. placing short, thin needles into defined points on the human body for the relief of pain."

“Chiropractors in Texas engaged in the practice of acupuncture after the practice became widely known in the United States in the time following President Nixon’s visit to China in 1972."

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TBCE: Meeting Summary
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Monday, October 19, 2015 12:00 AM

A regular meeting of the TBCE was held August 20, 2015, in Austin. The following is a summary of Board actions taken during this meeting.

The Board voted to adopt amendments to the following rules:

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Texas Medical Board Assumes Regulation of Four Occupations
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Monday, October 12, 2015 06:37 AM

Senate Bill 202 transferred four occupational regulatory programs from the Department of State Health Services (DSHS) to the Texas Medical Board (TMB).  Current rules in effect for these occupational programs will continue to be in effect until amended by TMB.  The four occupations are:

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TBCE To Review All Rules Pertaining to Facilities
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Wednesday, October 07, 2015 05:21 PM

The Texas Board of Chiropractic Examiners (Board) will review all sections within the following chapter of Title 22, Part 3 of the Texas Administrative Code, in accordance with §2001.039 of the Texas Government Code:  Chapter 73. Facilities.  The Board will consider whether the reasons for initially adopting these rules continue to exist and whether these rules should be repealed, readopted, or readopted with amendments.

If you wish to comment on whether these rules should be repealed, readopted, or readopted with amendments, you must do so in writing no later than November 16, 2015. Comments received after that date will not be considered.

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Texas WC and ICD-10
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Sunday, August 23, 2015 12:00 AM

Personal Injury and Workers' Comp carriers are HIPAA exempt and governed by state law rather than federal regulations; therefore, they are not subject to the ICD-10 mandate.

The Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange (WEDI) reports that "as of July 27, 2015 there are 26 states that have declared they will align with the HIPAA adopted ICD-10 code set for workers' compensation."

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Workers’ Compensation Conferences Coming to Dallas, Austin
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Monday, August 10, 2015 12:00 AM

The Division of Workers’ Compensation will host two education conferences in Austin and Dallas this fall to help health care providers, employers, insurance carriers, and others learn about new Texas laws and the latest trends in the field.

The Austin conference will be September 18 at the Renaissance Austin Hotel, 9721 Arboretum Blvd. The Dallas conference will be October 9 at the Renaissance Dallas-Richardson Hotel, 900 E. Lookout Dr. Registration is $275 per person on or before August 21 and $300 per person after August 21.

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