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Governor Abbott Announces New Leadership At HHSC
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Wednesday, June 17, 2015 04:03 PM
Quick Brief: Kyle Janek M.D. is stepping down as the head of Texas Health and Human Services and will be replaced by Chris Traylor

 

Governor Greg Abbott today announced that Texas Health and Human Services Commission Executive Commissioner Dr. Kyle Janek has expressed his intention to resign, effective July 1, 2015. Governor Abbott simultaneously announced his intention to appoint Chris Traylor as Executive Commissioner and named Charles Smith Deputy Executive Commissioner of the agency.

“I thank Dr. Janek for his years of dedication and service to the State of Texas,” said Governor Abbott. “I look forward to working with Chris Traylor to make needed reforms to ensure that the millions of Texans who rely on the vital services HHSC performs are able to have the utmost trust in the agency. Chris Traylor [has] the proven leadership experience necessary to address the challenges facing HHSC, and I am confident in their ability to confront these challenges head on.”

Chris Traylor is the Deputy Executive Commissioner of the Texas Health and Human Services Commission. He previously led the Department of Aging and Disability Services (DADS) from 2010 to 2012 as the agency implemented broad reforms to improve state supported living centers that serve people with profound developmental disabilities. While at DADS, Traylor successfully worked to extend community care to more Texans with disabilities.

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The Regulatory-Agency’s Regulatory-Agency-Audit
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Friday, April 17, 2015 12:00 AM
It seems that everyone answers to someone.  The Texas Board of Chiropractic Examiners (TBCE) recently under went an audit of its procedures and reporting by one of its own “regulatory agencies,” and the State Auditor’s Office in March of 2015 published its report on the TBCE.  The report titled Performance Measures at the Board of Chiropractic Examiners sought to evaluate five performance measures: the number of new licenses issued, licenses renewed, complaints received, and the number of complaints resolved.  
The TBCE tested eighty-percent reliable in the reporting of their data to the state (four of the five measures were considered “certified with qualification” meaning that the report "appears accurate, but controls over data collection and reporting are not adequate to ensure continued accuracy,” or if “the source of documentation is unavailable for testing”  or there is a “less than five-percent difference between the number reported … and the correct performance measure result”).  One performance measure was considered “inaccurate."
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CE from TBCE
Tuesday, March 03, 2015 07:00 AM

Every licensee renewing an active chiropractic license must meet the CE requirements outlined in Board Rule 75.5.

Basically, you must complete 16 hours of Continuing Education (CE) each renewal cycle, four of which are in Board-required topics. No more than six hours may be obtained through online courses. However, webinars are treated as live courses in Texas.

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TBCE January 2015 Newsletter
Thursday, February 12, 2015 10:45 PM
Click here for TBCE's January 2015 Newsletter
 
Chiropractic CE Has Changed
Thursday, February 12, 2015 04:36 PM
Texas Administrative Code Rule 75.5 in regards to the four TBCE required hours has changed.  The Texas Board of Chiropractic Examiners reports that "we will still require 16 hours annually, with four TBCE required hours, however they are changing from two hours of ethics, one risk management and one documentation/coding to:
 
  • One hour of Board rules (jurisprudence)
  • One hour of Ethics
  • One hour of Risk Management
  • One hour of Documentation/Coding
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Division of Workers’ Compensation Announces 2014 Enforcement Actions
Thursday, February 12, 2015 03:44 PM

Commissioner of Workers’ Compensation Ryan Brannan recently announced final disciplinary actions taken by the Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) in 2014.  The final actions include administrative penalties ordered against insurance carriers, health care providers and employers in the workers’ compensation system.

Since January 1, 2014, the Commissioner of Workers’ Compensation has ordered administrative penalties totaling $2,238,845 against system participants. The penalties include $2,086,395 in fines ordered against insurance carriers, $106,450 in fines ordered against health care providers, $45,000 in fines ordered against other entities and $1,000 in fines ordered against employers.

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