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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?

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.

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.

AMA's New Policies
Written by Editor   
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.

Obituary: Kurt Brown, DC
Written by Editor   
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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