Texas Chiropractic eSource

The Texas Chiropractic Association (TCA), the leading chiropractic professional association in Texas, works to enhance chiropractic practice, education and public access.  The Texas Chiropractic eSource is your connection to Texas Chiropractic news, updates and events.

 
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
Written by Editor   
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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WHO Collaboration Presents Public Health Opportunities for Chiropractic
Written by Editor   
Tuesday, July 10, 2018 07:55 AM

The World Health Organization (WHO) held its 71st Assembly May 21-26, 2018, at the United Nations headquarters in Geneva. The World Federation of Chiropractic (WFC) is the only chiropractic organization with status as a non-governmental organization in official relations with WHO. 

WHO is the directing and coordinating authority on international health, and uses the annual Assembly to set norms and standards for ethical and evidence-based health care policy. Over four days of plenary sessions, committee meetings, and technical briefings, participants learned about an impressive breadth and depth of operations at WHO—and a chiropractic profession that is primed for more meaningful engagement with the broader public health community. 

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AMA Annual Meeting: Medical Doctors Seek Control
Written by Editor   
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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The State of Low Back Pain
Written by Editor   
Tuesday, July 10, 2018 07:05 AM

Low back pain is now the number one cause of disability globally. The burden from low back pain is increasing and is straining health-care and social systems that are already over-burdened. Costs associated with health care and work disability attributed to low back pain are enormous. Although there are several global initiatives to address the global burden of low back pain as a public health problem, there is a need to identify cost-effective and context-specific strategies for managing low back pain to mitigate the consequences of the current and projected future burden.

Low back pain is a very common symptom. Globally, years lived with disability caused by low back pain increased by 54% between 1990 and 2015, mainly because of population increase and ageing, with the biggest increase seen in low-income and middle-income countries. It is now the leading cause of disability worldwide.

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Communication is Important to Teaching, Listening is Important to Learning
Written by Editor   
Tuesday, July 10, 2018 02:20 AM

Having the ability to communicate well is probably the single most important skill any professional needs to have for career success, especially for a doctor.  The word doctor is derived from a word meaning “to teach” and teaching must involve communication.  Much of our time is spent in counseling, education, and teaching the patient about the condition we are working to improve.

A personal connection allows our patients to take explanations and treatment option explanation and make their own choice of how to proceed.  Fred Rogers can teach us about personal connection, it is important to listen to his instruction.

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Why Health Insurers Don't Care About Large Provider Bills
Written by Editor   
Monday, July 09, 2018 08:45 PM

It is widely assumed that insurers are fierce guardians of health care spending.  In many cases, however they aren’t.  In fact, they often agree to pay unreasonably high prices and then pass them along to patients.

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Professional Chiropractic Conduct in Texas: Clinical and Financial Records
Written by Chris G. Dalrymple D.C., F.I.C.C.   
Thursday, July 05, 2018 05:13 PM

The phrase “If it isn’t written, it wasn’t done” is repeated so commonly that it seems crazy to question it. The TBCE has implemented rules that require much of what we do be documented.

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Learn About Group Health Insurance, New Benefits on July 17 TCA Live Town Hall
Written by Editor   
Thursday, June 28, 2018 05:15 PM

The Texas Chiropractic Association is more than just about lobbying and legal defense. TCA is about our members. We’ve been working hard to add value to your membership.

Learn more by joining us on the next TCA Live Telephone Town Hall – New Benefits for Members: Group Health Insurance with Medova and The Chiropractic Retirement Plan, at 7:30 p.m. CST Tuesday, July 17.

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CDI Is Great, But Don’t Forget the PAC
Written by Editor   
Wednesday, June 27, 2018 12:00 AM

Election Day is November 6. Even though there’s no presidential race in 2018, this election season is pivotal to all Texans and, more specifically, to Texas chiropractors.

With the Texas Chiropractic Association leading the charge, a record four pro-chiropractic bills were signed into law during the 2017 Texas Legislative Session. The next session, in 2019, will be even more pivotal for the future of the chiropractic profession in the Lone Star State.

TCA is already hard at work finalizing our legislative agenda, with the goal of authoring bills that will advance chiropractic and build on the momentum we’ve created. But it takes friends to get things done, elected officials who are willing to sponsor our bills and flex their political muscle for chiropractic.

That’s where the TCA Political Action Committee (TCA PAC) becomes critically important. The TCA PAC works to raise funds and make contributions to worthy candidates.

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Medical Physicians Want More Control Over "Social Landscape"
Written by Editor   
Monday, June 25, 2018 11:05 AM

Medical news reporting reports that in mid-June the annual meeting of the American Medical Association's (AMA) house of delegates asserted that physicians should take more control over a changing healthcare and social landscape as the governing body took positions on everything from drug prices and mental healthcare, to gun violence and LGBTQ inclusion in the medical field.

Here are 10 highlights reported by one source:

  • The AMA came out with its most aggressive position yet on "gun violence."  Delegates adopted nearly a dozen policy changes including supporting a ban on assault weapons, registration of all firearms, legislation that would keep guns out of the hands of those convicted of domestic violence, and the raising the legal age to buy guns to 21. The measures received overwhelming support, including a 446-99 vote in favor of the assault weapons ban. 
  •  Now, AMA represented physicians hold that physician assisted suicided is compatible with the role of "healer."  Fifty-six percent of the AMA delegates voted against maintaining its position that "physician-assisted suicide is fundamentally incompatible with the physician's role as healer."  
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Chiropractic, Serving the Greater Good
Written by Editor   
Thursday, June 21, 2018 09:42 PM

Since 2001, a 501 (c)(3) not-for-profit organization that helps raise funds for the less fortunate, has been serving humanity for the greater good.   The purpose of this organization is to serve the suffering, and help provide a better standard of living with the use of natural, preventative chiropractic care as well as raising funds for food, shelter, clothing and other basic needs.  They raise tax-deductible funds for the people they serve.  

ChiroMission seeks to promote Chiropractic throughout the world, and to adjust those who are subluxated and in need of neuromusculoskeletal care, especially in third world countries where resources are limited.  “It is our intention to cultivate students of  Chiropractic  from these deprived areas so that they may return to their beloved countries and work in offices established by ChiroMission, Inc.,” the organization asserts.  They continue, “since 2001 we have brought more education, introduced chiropractic care and have been a channel for hundreds of thousands of dollars in donations and several tons of basic needs for the less fortunate.”

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TBCE Adopts March 2018 Proposed Rules Changes
Written by Editor   
Tuesday, June 19, 2018 07:10 AM

In March of 2018 the Texas Board of Chiropractic Examiners (TBCE)  published proposed rules changes as reported here.  On June 19, 2018, those reported changes were adopted by the TBCE.  

Rules effected are rule 78.3 Rules of Practice;  rule 78.5 Duty to Respond to Complaint and Request for Information or Records; rule 78.7 Public Interest Information; and rule 78.8 Complaint Procedures.

The currently adopted rules may be found at the above links. These rules were deemed necessary to reflect implementation of 2017 Sunset Commission legislation, SB 304, which dissolved the Board’s statutory requirement to regulate and/or register chiropractic facilities, effective September 1, 2017. The purpose of the amendments is to remove the reference of regulation of facilities and facility owners stated in the rule.

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TCA to Host Orthopedic Diplomate Program in Dallas
Written by Editor   
Thursday, June 14, 2018 02:42 PM

The Texas Chiropractic Association, in partnership with the Texas Council of Chiropractic Orthopedists (TCCO) and the University of Bridgeport, relaunched the Diplomate, Academy of Chiropractic Orthopedists (DACO) program at TCA’s Chiro Texpo ’18.

Feedback from the first course, taught by Dr. Tim Bertlesman, was overwhelmingly positive and TCA, TCCO and University of Bridgeport plan to host four additional, 10-hour seminars in Dallas this year.

Designed specifically for practicing chiropractors, University of Bridgeport’s Neuromusculoskeletal Post-Graduate Program and the related DACO Diplomate will give you the credentials necessary to become a valuable member of a primary healthcare team. Major changes in the chiropractic field are happening right now due to the Affordable Care Act, with new doors opening for chiropractors as a result.

Don’t miss the opportunity to be among the pioneers of this revolutionary change in delivering holistic healthcare by completing the DACO program in Texas!

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Dr. William E. Morgan Awarded Keeler Plaque as Texas Chiropractor of the Year
Written by Andrea Howard   
Thursday, June 14, 2018 08:50 AM

AUSTIN, JUNE 12 – The Texas Chiropractic Association is pleased to announce that William E. Morgan, DC, of Dallas was awarded the 2017-18 Keeler Plaque.

The Keeler Plaque is the most prestigious award presented to a Doctor of Chiropractic in Texas. Established in 1934 by Dr. Clyde Keeler, this award recognizes the chiropractor of the year in Texas.  Nominees must be in good standing in TCA, of good moral character and must have promoted the advancement of chiropractic in Texas through research, public relations, school participation, promotion or support.

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TCA Presents Top Chiropractic Awards at Chiro Texpo '18
Written by Editor   
Tuesday, June 12, 2018 11:56 AM

AUSTIN, JUNE 12 – The Texas Chiropractic Association honored some of the state’s top Doctors of Chiropractic at its annual President’s Gala at Chiro Texpo ’18, TCA’s annual convention, held June 8-10 at the Hyatt Regency Dallas.

William E. Morgan, DC, president of Dallas-based Parker University, received the Keeler Plaque. The Keeler Plaque is the most prestigious award presented to a Doctor of Chiropractic (DC) in Texas. Established in 1934 by Dr. Clyde Keeler, this award recognizes the chiropractor of the year in Texas. The winner is selected by a panel of past Keeler Plaque winners.

Don White, DC, of Fort Worth was selected for the Young Chiropractor of the Year Award. This award is presented to a chiropractor under the age of 40 who has made significant contributions to TCA and the chiropractic profession in Texas. White currently serves as chair of TCA’s Legislative Affairs Committee.

Award winners included:

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