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Americans Less Confident in Vaccine System
Written by Editor   
Tuesday, May 29, 2018 03:39 PM

The Texas Chiropractic Association (TCA) works to enhance chiropractic practice in Texas.  Attention to education and public health is one of the service points of the TCA.  Recently,  a survey commissioned by Research!America and the American Society of Microbiology found that Americans have less confidence in the U.S. vaccine system than they did a decade ago.

A little over 75% of respondents to the survey were confident in the current system in the U.S. for evaluating the safety of vaccines and recommendations for when they should be given.  This is down from nearly 85% in 2008.

Only slightly more than 66% said they were confident that the current system ensures an adequate supply of necessary vaccines to prevent shortages,   This is down from almost 80% in 2008. 

Only 59% “strongly" believed they had personally benefitted from vaccine development over the past half-century, a 16 percentage-point drop from 2008.

When asked how important they believe it is for parents to have their children vaccinated, just 90% of respondents said “very important" or "somewhat important," compared with 96% in 2008. "We can see that it's slipping ... [The result is] on the edge of being [statistically] significant.” said survey conductors.

TBCE First Quarter Report Summary
Written by Editor   
Wednesday, May 23, 2018 12:29 PM
The TCA is the leading professional chiropractic association in Texas working to enhance chiropractic practice, public access and education.  The Texas Board of Chiropractic Examiners (TBCE) published their report from first quarter of 2018.  Here is a brief overview for your quick perusal.
Medical Magazines: "Chiropractic Care Improves Usual Management for Low Back Pain"
Written by Editor   
Wednesday, May 23, 2018 11:09 AM

The Texas Chiropractic Association (TCA) works to enhance chiropractic practice, public access and education.  A May 21, 2018, article published by notes that “adding chiropractic care to standard medical management of low back pain (LBP) in a military population reduced patient-reported pain and disability and improved satisfaction scores compared with standard treatment alone.”  This data is an important educational point for both the public and the health care practitioner.  The medical community continues to recognize and recommend chiropractic therapy for certain conditions.

The findings of this study, an article published online May 18 in JAMA Network Open and reported by Christine M. Goertz, DC, PhD, from Palmer College of Chiropractic, confirm results from the team’s pilot study and align with recent guidelines from the American College of Physicians (ACP) for the noninvasive treatment of nonradicular subacute, acute, and chronic low back pain in primary care. 

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.

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.

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