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AMA's New Policies
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Wednesday, June 28, 2017 06:38 AM

Having concluded their annual meeting recently it is worth looking at some of the policies that the AMA believes to be important.

For decades the AMA House of Delegates was a really large old boys club, really old as in they were old enough to vote when Kennedy and Nixon debated in 1960, and that’s when the voting age was 21. This year the delegates made it AMA policy to meet only in venues that offer gender-neutral restroom facilities. and in the future will consider a state or city’s policy on physician gag rules (e.g., making it against the law for a physician to ask patients if there are guns in the home) before booking a meeting in that locale.

The American Medical Association now agrees that it is time to study the feasibility of a public option for the individual insurance market, a new policy that would have been unheard of from the AMA as recently as 10 years ago.

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Obituary: Kurt Brown, DC
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Wednesday, June 28, 2017 06:17 AM

Dr. Kurt Brown passed away on June 5th, 2017 at his home in Graham surrounded by his family, after a two year triumphant battle with ALS.  

Kurt Thomas Brown was born on September 22nd, 1960 in Columbia, Missouri to the late Dr. William Donald Brown and Diane Jeanine (Hydeman) Brown. Kurt moved to Graham in 1990 and spent his life as a chiropractor, endeavoring to help those in pain regardless of their ability to pay.

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85th Legislative Session TCA Recap
Thursday, June 15, 2017 04:15 PM

Texas’ 85th Legislative Session came to an end on May 29. While 6,631 bills were filed this session (more than in 10 of the past 11 sessions), only 1,211 bills passed (the fewest in 20 years) – statistically making this legislative session one of the most difficult bill-passing environments in two decades.

While it was a difficult session for many, the Texas Chiropractic Association experienced its most successful legislative session in recent memory. TCA actively pursued six pieces of legislation (discussed below), three of which were passed by the Legislature and signed by Gov. Greg Abbott.

In addition to passing these three pieces of legislation, TCA prevented consolidation of the Texas Board of Chiropractic Examiners (TBCE) into the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation and defeated a proposal to eliminate chiropractic acupuncture. TCA also worked with Sen. Judith Zaffirini, Sen. Bryan Hughes and Rep. J.D. Sheffield to amend SB 55 (authorizing a study on establishing a patient-reported outcomes registry for musculoskeletal care provided in the ERS and TRS systems) to include chiropractic colleges. This outcomes registry could prove the efficacy of chiropractic care.

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New Leadership Takes TCA Reins
Thursday, June 15, 2017 03:26 PM

Chiro Texpo ’17 wasn’t just a celebration of the past year in Texas chiropractic, but it also represented a change in leadership. 

At the Awards Gala & Celebration, TCA installed its three executive officers. Max Vige, DC, of League City is the new TCA president, succeeding Tyce Hergert, DC, of Grapevine. Devin Pettiet, DC, of Tomball was appointed as vice president, while Chad Carpenter, DC, of Boerne was named secretary/treasurer.

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TCA Recognizes Sen. Van Taylor as Legislator of the Year
Thursday, June 15, 2017 02:00 PM

TCA’s successes in the 85th Texas Legislative Session were the byproduct of hard work by TCA’s legislative team and an army of doctors from Texas and across the country. But it takes friends to get important legislation passed and TCA’s best friend during the last session was often Sen. Van Taylor of Plano.

Sen. Taylor, who represents District 8, was a catalyst for the passage of SB 304, the Sunset bill that extended the Texas Board of Chiropractic Examiners (TBCE) until 2029 and affirmed the right of doctors of chiropractic to diagnose. SB 304 was eventually signed into law by Gov. Greg Abbott. Sen. Taylor also helped push several of TCA’s other bills through the Senate and House.

TCA recognized Sen. Taylor for his efforts by honoring him as Legislator of Year at Chiro Texpo ’17. Sen. Taylor received his award during the General Assembly and Legislative/Legal Update on the conference’s opening day.

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