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President’s Message May 2018
Written by Editor   
Monday, May 21, 2018 02:29 PM

Memorial Day weekend is coming up and that means summer is close at hand. It also means that Chiro Texpo ’18, TCA’s annual convention, is only weeks away. If you haven’t registered for Chiro Texpo ’18 it's coming up June 8-10 at the Hyatt Regency Dallas.

Mostly, what I love most about Chiro Texpo is the camaraderie. It’s always fun getting to meet and mingle with my fellow doctors at sessions, meetings, breaks and receptions. One of the highlights is the President’s Gala. We’ll have a great dinner and hand out a few awards, including the prestigious Keeler Plaque and Young Chiropractor of the Year awards. Come and congratulate your peers for their dedication to chiropractic and TCA. Don’t forget to purchase your gala ticket(s) when you register! Regular registration ends this Friday, May 25, so be sure to register online or call the TCA office at (512) 477-9292 before then.

Proposed New Changes to Designed Doctor Program Could Affect Chiropractic
Written by Editor   
Friday, May 18, 2018 12:00 AM

In August 2017, the Texas Department of Insurance – Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) published an informal draft rule amending procedures related to the Designated Doctor Program. The DWC’s stated objective with the informal draft rule was to “simplify certain [Designated Doctor] processes, retain and recruit doctors to continue to ensure the most optimally qualified doctor is selected for an examination, provide transparency, and allow for better monitoring of designated doctors.” In response to the informal draft rule, TCA submitted comments to the DWC expressing concerns that the informal draft rule prioritized one profession over another and restricted chiropractic scope of practice. TCA also had meetings and conversations with the DWC to share concerns about the potential impact the informal draft rule could have on both doctors of chiropractic (DCs) and injured workers.

Phantom Coverage and Other Insurance Regularities
Written by Chris G. Dalrymple D.C., F.I.C.C.   
Wednesday, May 09, 2018 03:40 PM

The Texas Chiropractic Association (TCA) is aware of phenomena that have been termed “phantom insurance coverage.”  There have been reported instances where an insurance company advertises a plan that seems to offer certain coverage, but then imposes restrictions to such a degree that the advertised coverage is nonexistent. 

A classic example of such “phantom coverage” is “chiropractic coverage” that is, for example, limited to $500 per year after a $500 co-pay.  This means that the patient will pay the first $500 after which there are no more payable benefits for chiropractic.  In this example the “chiropractic coverage” is considered phantom coverage in that the patient actually has no coverage for chiropractic services.  These and other examples have been reported by practitioners.  The TCA needs documented examples of such phantom coverage.  Please contact TCA to share any examples of such phantom coverage that you encounter in your practice.

Raising Funds for Chiropractic
Written by Chris G. Dalrymple D.C., F.I.C.C.   
Wednesday, May 09, 2018 03:09 PM

The Texas Chiropractic Association (TCA) is working to protect and enhance chiropractic practice in Texas.  It’s Chiropractic Development Initiative (CDI) is “on budget.”  In fact, the recently held Tour of Texas generated over $21,000 in donations from three locations to protect and promote the rights of the profession and their patients.  

The  chiropractic doctors of the TCA believe that the people of Texas should be afforded the full benefit of chiropractic care based on the Doctor of Chiropractic’s level of education, training and experience; that they should be afforded access to chiropractic care free of oppressive limitations or discriminatory payment provisions. They believe that chiropractic doctors in Texas should be afforded the level of authority, respect and esteem equal to the dramatic impact they make on the lives of their patients. 

To assist in achieving this objective, the TCA Political Action Committee (TCA PAC) is in need of funds as TCA prepares for the upcoming 2019 legislative session.  TCA PAC works to support worthy legislative candidates who support chiropractic practice and have an open mind towards the legislative agenda of the TCA.  This year the TCA is encouraging an increased level of grass roots support through local and regional legislative fundraisers and receptions.  Contact TCA if you desire to host or be part of a legislative fundraiser or reception.

Chiro Texpo '18 Hotel, Registration Deadlines Coming Up
Written by Editor   
Monday, May 07, 2018 12:00 AM

The countdown is on for Chiro Texpo ’18, TCA’s annual convention. It’s only three weeks until TCA’s signature event coming up June 8-10 at the Hyatt Regency Dallas.

Regular registration ends May 25 … don’t wait! Register online today or call the TCA office at (512) 477-9292.

Whether you’ve already registered or are still on the fence, here are just a few of the highlights:

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