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Executive Director’s Message: February 2017
Written by Jeff Jenkins   
Wednesday, February 22, 2017 08:41 PM

February has been one of the busiest months yet in my tenure as TCA Executive Director. Putting on two conferences in the same month, in the middle of a legislative session, has been uniquely challenging, but we made it happen because of the tireless work of TCA’s leadership, volunteers, staff and, most importantly, our dedicated members. 

Here are a few things we’ve accomplished together:

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Free March 8 Webinar: Know the Rules So You Can Rule Your Practice
Wednesday, February 22, 2017 08:21 PM

The Texas Chiropractic Association has partnered with TCA Friend of Chiropractic Sponsor ChiroHealthUSA to present Risky Business: Texas. This FREE webinar at 1:15 p.m. CST Wednesday, March 8, will review how risk management is no longer limited to just malpractice claims. It also includes your financial policy. There is now a greater risk of financial loss due to improper discounting and faulty financial and collection policies than ever before. It is widely known that the Office of Inspector General (OIG) and Medicare are cracking down on healthcare fraud and abuse, but what most chiropractors are unaware of, is how widely successful these efforts have been.

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Extremity Adjusting Events Texas CE Approved in 8 States
Written by Editor   
Sunday, February 19, 2017 09:00 PM

News Bite:  Extremity adjusting events will be held in three locations, two of them in Texas, in February and March.

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Yoga: Pain Relief Not Clinically Important, Some Functional Benefit After 3-4 Months, Adverse Risk Increased 5%
Written by Editor   
Sunday, February 19, 2017 08:50 PM

News Bite:  A recent Cochrane review of a dozen randomized control trials involving 1,080 yoga practitioners determined that when compared to no exercise, yoga produced some functional benefits after 3-4 months, moderate improvement after 6 months, and some improvement after 1 year.  They also found moderate evidence that yoga increased risk of adverse events by 5%, primarily increased back pain.

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Common Painkillers are Ineffective for Back Pain
Written by Editor   
Sunday, February 19, 2017 08:46 PM

News Bite:  According to the findings of a systematic review, commonly used non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs used to treat back pain provide little benefit and may make things worse.  Only 16 percent of patients treated with NSAIDs, achieve any significant reduction in pain.

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MDs Admit Drugs Can't Fix Most Causes of Back Pain
Written by Editor   
Sunday, February 19, 2017 08:42 PM

News Bite:  America’s medical doctors have finally admitted it: their pharmaceutical tools to treat one of patients’ most common ailments don’t work.  Lower back pain is one of the most frequent reasons people visit the doctor. Yet doctors are finding drugs should actually often be the last line of treatment for it.

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F4CP Chiropractic Marketing Report: February
Written by Editor   
Sunday, February 19, 2017 04:00 PM
News Bite:  The TCA and the F4CP are working together to promote the chiropractic profession.  Here are  the activities that F4CP reported for February 2017.
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From TBCE: Advertising, Scope and Proper Use of Credentials
Written by Editor   
Sunday, February 19, 2017 03:57 PM

News Bite:  The role of the Texas Board of Chiropractic Examiners (TBCE) is to enforce the chiropractic statute and rules and to protect the public. One area where potential violations and risk of misleading the public is website and other advertising.  Learn of potential pitfalls.

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Texas Draft Bill Could Open Way for Telemedicine
Written by Editor   
Sunday, February 19, 2017 03:46 PM

News Bite:  Afer several years of legal wrangling over the right of telemedicine companies to provide services in Texas a compromise bill by State Senator Charles Schwertner, MD, chair of the Texas Senate's Committee on Health and Human Services, would define what constitutes a "telemedicine" visit and would direct several boards to develop rules. to regulate them. 

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OCR Fines Children’s Medical Center of Dallas $3.2M for HIPAA Non-Compliance
Written by Editor   
Sunday, February 19, 2017 03:40 PM

News Bite:  The US Department of HHS has fined Children's Medical Center of Dallas $3.2 million for HIPAA violations for unsecured electronic protected health information.  A lack of risk management not only costs individuals the security of their data, but it can also cost covered entities a sizable fine

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Senate Unanimously Confirms David Shulkin, MD, as VA Secretary
Written by Editor   
Sunday, February 19, 2017 03:32 PM

News Bite:  The US senate voted unanimously to confirm David Shulkin, MD, as secretary of the US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).  He promises to continue reforms he shepherded as its undersecretary of health to shorten notoriously long wait times for veterans.  Shulkin is one of the few top officials from the Obama administration that Trump has chosen to keep. He has pushed for a shorthanded VHA to hire thousands of additional physicians and nurses to give veterans better access to care. Another access fix is his recent decision to permit advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) in the VHA to treat patients without physician supervision.

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Senate Confirms Rep. Tom Price, MD to Head HHS
Written by Editor   
Sunday, February 19, 2017 03:26 PM

News Bite:  After rancorous debate the senate has confirmed Rep. Tom Price, MD, (R- Ga.), as Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).  An orthopedic surgeon by training, Price has “The Empowering Patients First Act”, which includes buying insurance across state lines, establishing risk pools, and offering refundable tax credits instead of subsidies to make coverage more affordable.

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Humana Will Exit ACA Exchanges in 2018
Written by Editor   
Sunday, February 19, 2017 03:21 PM

News Bite:  Just hours after calling off its billion-dollar merger with Aetna, Humana announced it will no longer sell health coverage on the Affordable Care Act insurance exchanges starting in 2018. Aetna also pulled out of exchange plans in 11 states for 2017. These exits mean that hundreds of thousands of members will be forced to find a new insurer.

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ACA Seeks to Become a Streamlined and More Nimble Organization
Written by Editor   
Sunday, February 19, 2017 03:12 PM

News Bite:  The ACA is working to transform the association into a more nimble, streamlined and relevant organization.  Key components of the proposed governance concept include revamping its organizational structure and their purposes and other streamlining methods.

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Medicare Documentation E-Training Series: Just Tell Me What to Do!
Written by Editor   
Sunday, February 19, 2017 03:08 PM

News Bite:  ACA has developed an important training series–a 90-minute, on-demand program offered in four 20-30 minute modules–to provide essential information and teach DCs proper documentation skills. 

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ACA Applauds ACP Low Back Pain Guidelines
Written by Editor   
Sunday, February 19, 2017 03:01 PM

News Bite:  The chiropractic profession has long advocated for a more conservative approach to treating low back pain.  New guidelines by the American College of Physicians recognizes the value and effectiveness of non-drug approaches, such as spinal manipulation, for acute and chronic low back pain.

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Current and Prospective Use of Musculoskeletal Diagnostic Ultrasound Imaging at Chiropractic Teaching Institutions: A Worldwide Survey of Diagnostic Imaging Staff
Written by Editor   
Sunday, February 19, 2017 02:53 PM

News Bite:  This study looked at the use of musculoskeletal diagnostic ultrasound imaging at chiropractic educational programs around the world and found that current use of this technology is low, but demonstrate a positive attitude to its use and possible growth in its use.

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Nordic Diet Linked to Lower Stroke Risk
Written by Editor   
Sunday, February 19, 2017 02:49 PM

News Bite:  The Nordic-style diet — which includes cabbages, rye bread, fruit such as apples and pears, root vegetables, oatmeal, and fish — may be protective against some types of stroke

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Perfecting the Post-Visit Procedure
Written by Editor   
Sunday, February 19, 2017 02:43 PM

News Bite:  The "post-visit" patient call must be something more than task work.  Here are some tips to consider.

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Call for Keeler Award Nominations
Thursday, February 16, 2017 12:00 AM

Keeler Plaque Call for Nominations
 
The Keeler Plaque is the Texas Chiropractic Association’s award designating the Chiropractor of the year.  It is Texas Chiropractic’s most prestigious award.
 
You have the opportunity to nominate a TCA member for consideration to receive the Keeler Plaque. Nominations for the 2017 Keeler Plaque are due by May 17.
A candidate shall be:
  • A member in good standing in the TCA;
  • Of good moral character;
  • A promoter of chiropractic advancement, such as research, public relations, or school participation, promotion or support,in at least one of the three years immediately preceding  the year in which the award is to be presented.
  • The candidate’s main endeavor must be in the practice of chiropractic and must have promoted chiropractic throughout their career.
Civic, church, community involvement, and other chiropractic work may also be considered.
 
Established in 1934 by Texas chiropractic pioneer Dr. Clyde Keeler, for 82 years the Keeler Plaque, designating the chiropractor of the year, has been the Texas Chiropractic Association’s most prestigious award.
 
Nominations for the Keeler Plaque should include a detailed description of how the nominee meets the above qualifications.  They should be sent to:
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Call for Nominations for Young Chiropractor of the Year
Written by Editor   
Wednesday, February 15, 2017 12:00 AM

Established over 60 years ago, this award is for the purpose of recognizing doctors who have shown outstanding dedication and who have made long-lasting contributions to the profession and their community. It is for those who are under 40 years of age, or fewer than 10 years in chiropractic practice at the time of the award’s receipt.  

Deadline for nominations for the 2017 Young Chiropractor of the Year is May 17.

Nominations for the Young Chiropractor of the Year should include the nominees qualifications.  They should be sent to:

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