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CMS: Changes Coming to Stark Self-Referral Law
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Wednesday, July 18, 2018 05:51 PM

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is hoping to issue a proposed regulation by the end of the year that would loosen the “Stark law” prohibiting physician self-referral, CMS administrator Seema Verma has said.  "One of the barriers around [promoting] value-based care is burdensome regulations, and that's where Stark comes into it," Verma said. "We are going to do something on Stark -- I'm very certain about that -- and we hope to have something out by the end of the year."

The 1989 law, named for former congressman Fortney H. “Pete" Stark (D-Calif.), "prohibits a physician from making referrals for certain designated health services payable by Medicare to an entity with which he or she (or an immediate family member) has a financial relationship (ownership, investment, or compensation), unless an exception applies," CMS notes on its website.
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TBCE Proposes Repeal of its Acupuncture Rule
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Wednesday, July 18, 2018 05:40 PM

The Texas Board of Chiropractic Examiners (TBCE) proposes the repeal of Chapter 78, §78.14, concerning Acupuncture. This rule will be replaced by a new acupuncture rule at the Board meeting on August 16, 2018. The proposed repeal and replacement is to promote a clear understanding of the use of acupuncture as a modality by chiropractors.

The Board’s Executive Director, Patrick Fortner, has determined that the expected public benefit of the proposed repeal will be clarity and guidance for the public and stakeholders regarding the use of acupuncture in the practice of chiropractic.

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Executive Director's Message, July 2018
Written by Jeff Jenkins   
Thursday, July 12, 2018 02:33 PM

Tap into the Value of Your TCA Membership

What do you think is the Texas Chiropractic Association’s main purpose? If I asked you this question, you probably would say advocacy. 

You would be right! Representing YOU and the entire Texas chiropractic community on both the legislative and legal fronts remains our No. 1 priority, but TCA also cares about your health and your business.

In recent years, we’ve had more requests about group health insurance. Doctors, just like you, have been searching for better and more affordable options – for themselves, their families and staff. After doing our research, we believe we’ve come up with a solution.

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TCA to Host New Doc Events at TCC Annual Convention in Galveston
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Tuesday, July 10, 2018 11:38 AM

TCA and the Texas Chiropractic College’s Student TCA Chapter are excited to host a day of programs designed for chiropractic students and doctors in their first few years of practice at the TCC Annual Convention on Friday, July 27, at Moody Gardens Hotel in Galveston.

Don’t miss these sessions!

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AMA Annual Meeting: Medical Doctors Seek Control
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Tuesday, July 10, 2018 07:43 AM

Gun violence, value-based contracting, and sexual harassment in medicine were on the agenda as the American Medical Association (AMA) convened its 167th annual House of Delegates meeting.

Sexual harassment was a special focus, with a session explaining how doctors, medical students, and healthcare organizations can learn to recognize and mitigate harassment. Gun violence was also in the spotlight, with a session about what physicians can do to prevent the problem.

The main business of the meeting was considering and voting on resolutions brought forward from delegates and from AMA governing bodies. These were widely diverse and include:

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