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TCA Hosting New Doc Seminar July 14 at TCC Convention in The Woodlands
Thursday, June 29, 2017 02:18 PM

Back by popular demand, the Texas Chiropractic Association is hosting the New Doc Seminar on Friday, July 14, during Texas Chiropractic College’s 2017 Annual  Convention at The Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel & Convention Center in The Woodlands.

The program features panel discussions on a wide range of topics, including how to launch your chiropractic career, business/financial/legal considerations, marketing, hiring/office management and much more. It’s your opportunity to ask questions of your chiropractic colleagues and learn. TCC students and doctors of all experience levels are invited to attend. Visit TCC’s Convention webpage to register or find out more about the conference.

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TCA Member Issues 100 x $100 Challenge to Benefit CDI
Thursday, June 29, 2017 02:02 PM

Congratulations, Texas chiropractors! Because of your generous contributions over the past year, the 85th Texas Legislative Session was TCA’s most productive in decades. Your donations to the Chiropractic Development Initiative (CDI) allowed TCA to allocate additional resources to our advocacy efforts in Austin, resulting in four chiropractic bills that were signed into law – most notably SB 304 (which affirmed your right to diagnose).

Unfortunately, the fight is far from over. In order to appeal the decision in the TMA vs. TBCE lawsuit (which threatens your right to treat nerves and the subluxation complex), it will take $100,000 in legal fees per year, every year. Dr. James Fowler, a member of the CDI Committee, is challenging all DCs to participate in the 100 x $100 Challenge! Donate $100 a month over the next three years or make a one-time donation of $2,500.

The goal is to sign up 100 more doctors in the program. Check out Dr. Fowler’s video message on the TCA YouTube Channel for more details. To make a donation or get on monthly autodraft, please visitwww.chirotexas.org/CDI or call the TCA office at (512) 477-9292.

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Frequently Asked Questions of the TBCE: Acupuncture
Written by Editor   
Wednesday, June 28, 2017 07:11 AM

Question: May I utilize acupuncture and other needle therapeutics in my chiropractic practice?

Yes, if adequately trained. A chiropractor can incorporate the use of acupuncture needles as a therapeutic modality in the practice of chiropractic if s/he obtains a requisite 100 hours of training by an accredited chiropractic college, acupuncture college or other educational organization approved by the TBCE. Training should include hands-on clinical practice hours (not to be substituted by online hours) and clean/safe needle technique. All chiropractors licensed January 1, 2010, or after, are required to pass the NBCE acupuncture examination prior to use of acupuncture in practice. The requirements to practice acupuncture under a Doctor of Chiropractic license can be found under Board Rule 78.14 Acupuncture. Licensees should provide the TBCE with confirmation of all acupuncture training and examination certification to ensure that their licensee file is current.

Question: What can I treat with acupuncture as a Doctor of Chiropractic in Texas?

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Did You Know: An Obligation to Report Child Abuse
Written by Christopher Dalrymple   
Wednesday, June 28, 2017 07:01 AM

The State of Texas amended its Family Code during the 85th Legislature.  You may want to take note that “if a professional has cause to believe that a child has been abused or neglected or may be abused or neglected, … and the professional has cause to believe that the child has been abused … , the professional shall make a report not later than the 48th hour after the hour the professional first suspects that the child has been or may be abused or neglected.… A professional may not delegate to or rely on another person to make the report.”  

Also note that “professional’ means an individual who is licensed or certified by the state … and who, in the normal course of official duties or duties for which a license or certification is required, has direct contact with children. The term includes teachers, nurses, doctors, day-care employees, employees of a clinic or health care facility that provides reproductive services, juvenile probation officers, and juvenile detention or correctional officers.

A DC who, in the normal course of official duties has direct contact with children, has an obligation to report child abuse or neglect, either actual or suspected.

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Get Ready for New Medicare Cards
Written by Editor   
Wednesday, June 28, 2017 06:42 AM

Medicare is taking steps to remove Social Security numbers from Medicare cards. Through this initiative the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will prevent fraud, fight identity theft and protect essential program funding and the private healthcare and financial information of our Medicare beneficiaries.

CMS will issue new Medicare cards with a new unique, randomly-assigned number called a Medicare Beneficiary Identifier (MBI) to replace the existing Social Security-based Health Insurance Claim Number (HICN) both on the cards and in various CMS systems we use now. We’ll start mailing new cards to people with Medicare benefits in April 2018. All Medicare cards will be replaced by April 2019.

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