Texas Chiropractic eSource
Legislative Report: April 20, 2017
Thursday, April 20, 2017 03:59 PM

By: Kaden Norton

On April 12th, House Bill 3024 by Rep. Four Price (House District 87 - Amarillo) was voted out of the House Public Education Committee by an 8-0 margin. The bill, which would permit a Doctor of Chiropractic to remove a student-athlete from a UIL athletic activity if the student-athlete is suspected of having sustained a concussion, has been sent to the House Calendars Committee. The House Calendars Committee will determine when HB3024 is scheduled for a vote by the entire Texas House of Representatives.

House Bill 1649 by Rep. Sergio Munoz (House District 36 - Mission) prohibits health insurers from using extrapolation in insurance claims audits. The bill passed the Texas House Insurance Committee on April 18th by a 7-2 margin. TCA members Dr. Don White and Dr. Paul Liechty testified in support of the bill. It too will be sent to the House Calendars Committee to be scheduled for a vote by the House of Representatives.

On April 24th, House Bill 3206 by Rep. Phil Stephenson (House District 85 - Wharton) will be considered in the House Committee on Licensing and Administrative Procedures. The bill authorizes a Doctor of Chiropractic to serve on the Combative Sports Advisory Board at the Department of Licensing and Regulation.

May 4 Town Hall Meeting: The Final Countdown, Legislative Session Update
Thursday, April 20, 2017 10:23 AM

The countdown is on … only five weeks are left in the 85th Texas Legislative Session, the biggest for the chiropractic profession in decades. Wondering how Team TCA is doing so far in Austin? Join TCA President, Dr. Tyce Hergert, and TCA’s lobbyists, Kaden Norton and Josh Massingill,  at 7:30 p.m. CST on Thursday, May 4,  for an up-to-the-minute update on next month’s TCA Virtual Town Hall Meeting, The Final Countdown – 2017 Texas Legislative Session Update. Find out the latest on the Sunset bills (SB 304 and HB 2547), which could impact your right to diagnose. Get a full report on TCA’s core bills and others that could directly impact the future of chiropractic and find out how you can help the cause.


Free Webinar: 4 Ways to Rank Higher on Google
Thursday, April 20, 2017 10:19 AM

Don’t miss a free webinar from TCA Friend of Chiropractic Sponsor Online ChiroPersonalize and Rise: 4 Ways To Rank Higher On Google, at 1 p.m. CST Tuesday, April 25. With nearly a billion websites on the internet today, the competition for top rankings on Google is fierce. Having a website that is personal to you and your practice is essential as more and more people turn to the Internet to find chiropractic practitioners in their area. Register for this short webinar to learn the strategies that will help your practice get the most out of its website and bring more new patients to the door. Register now!

Chiropractic Legend Dan Murphy Headlines Chiro Texpo ’17 Line-Up
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Thursday, April 20, 2017 10:03 AM

It’s taken a few years, but the Texas Chiropractic Association is proud to welcome the legendary Dan Murphy, DC, DABCO, as a featured speaker at Chiro Texpo ’17, TCA’s annual convention on June 9-11 at the Hyatt Regency Dallas.  

A veteran with nearly four decades of practice experience, Dr. Murphy has taught more than 1,600 continuing education seminars in the U.S. and around the world on topics ranging from whiplash and spinal trauma, neuroimmunology and pediatrics to phospholipid neurobiology, neurophysiology of therapeutic lasers and nutrition. A graduate of Western States Chiropractic College, Dr. Murphy is on the post-graduate faculty of several chiropractic colleges.

Dr. Murphy is a prolific author and has won numerous awards, including the Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Association of Functional Neurology and Rehabilitation.

At Chiro Texpo ’17, Dr. Murphy will present three sessions:

FDA Advisers Negative on OTC Combos
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Sunday, April 16, 2017 01:20 PM

Over-the-counter (OTC) analgesic-antacid combinations are not a “rational” treatment for minor stomach issues, two FDA advisory committees have declared.  Members also expressed concern about using OTC products to treat hangovers.

Age-Based Testing of Physician Competence Stirs Controversy
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Sunday, April 16, 2017 01:15 PM

Studies published by the AMA have demonstrated "the preponderance of evidence suggests that physicians have a limited ability to accurately self-assess."  There is a movement arising to call for mandatory assessment of older doctors.

Nationalized Health Care Report
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Sunday, April 16, 2017 01:10 PM

A compilation of news reports about the ill fated American Health Care Act.

ACP Aims to Reduce Administrative Burden on Docs
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Sunday, April 16, 2017 01:07 PM

An avalanche of paperwork may be destroying the physician-patient relationship and driving some doctors out of practice, and the American College of Physicians is again demanding an end to it.

Presidential Executive Order
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Sunday, April 16, 2017 12:59 PM

The newly signed Presidential executive order notes that “it shall be the policy of the executive branch to combat the scourge of drug abuse, addiction, and overdose (drug addiction), including opioid abuse, addiction, and overdose (opioid crisis).”  It further describes this as a public health crisis, and calls for reporting on best practices for addiction prevention, including healthcare provider education.

Spinal Manipulation: Modest Benefit in Acute Low Back Pain
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Sunday, April 16, 2017 12:55 PM

The Journal of the American Medical Association adds to a growing body of recent research supporting the use of spinal manipulative therapy as a first line treatment for acute low back pain.  Researchers found that spinal manipulation was associated with statistically significant improvements in pain and function for up to six weeks with no serious adverse side effects. 

Veterans Choice Program: An Update
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Sunday, April 16, 2017 12:52 PM

Doctors of chiropractic treating veterans through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ Veterans Choice Program (VCP) have been receiving letters that the VCP is scheduled to expire, however, with an additional $1 billion in dedicated funding remaining in the program, legislation was introduced to eliminate the August 2017 sunset date.

Older Adults with Chronic Low Back Pain Differ from Younger Adults
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Sunday, April 16, 2017 12:48 PM

This study found small baseline differences in older people with chronic LBP compared to middle aged and younger adults. Older adults present with slightly less intense low back pain but slightly more intense leg pain.

Core Competencies of the Certified Pediatric Doctor of Chiropractic
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Sunday, April 16, 2017 12:43 PM
Want to know what is expected of a chiropractic pediatrician?  The purpose of this study was to develop an outline of the minimum core competencies expected from a certified pediatric doctor of chiropractic. 
Scientific Research Needs Oversight
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Sunday, April 16, 2017 12:38 PM

A recent report encourages improved management of scientific research. It is necessary for all involved in performing, managing, funding, and communicating research to commit to improving practices.

TAKE NOTE: New Medicare ABN Form Required
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Sunday, April 16, 2017 12:29 PM

Take note that the government has issued new ABN forms.  Nothing has really changed on the form but the expiration date, but you must use the new form effective June 21, 2017.

Telligen Chosen to Provide Support for Small Practices in CMS Quality Payment Program
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Sunday, April 16, 2017 12:25 PM

A contract has been awarded to a “Best Practices Academy” to help small practices in several northern states to prepare for the new quality payment program of MACRA.

Patch Adams to Headline TCA’s Chiro Texpo ’17 Line-Up
Thursday, March 23, 2017 10:58 AM

Humor and a dash of Hollywood will highlight TCA’s Chiro Texpo ’17, the chiropractic event of the year in Texas, on June 9-11 at the Hyatt Regency Dallas. 

Patch Adams, who inspired the 1998 film by the same name featuring Robin Williams, is Saturday’s headliner. Adams, MD, is an internationally known speaker on wellness, humor and joy. He approaches the issues of personal, community and global health with “zestful exhuberance,” according to Time Magazine.

Patch is a medical doctor, clown and social activist who has devoted 30 years to helping to change America’s healthcare system. He believes that laughter, joy and creativity are integral parts of the healing process. Allopathic doctors and practitioners of alternative medicine, like doctors of chiropractic, work side by side in Patch’s model.

Don’t miss Patch’s featured program, the Joy of Caring, at Chiro Texpo ’17. His two-hour lecture on the thrill of helping others includes dialogue to explore burnout prevention for caregivers. He also focuses on the magic and power of care, not only in the patient’s life, but also in the caregiver’s life.

TCA Members: Save Off Registration for Chiro Texpo ’17
Thursday, March 23, 2017 10:47 AM

Registration is open for Chiro Texpo ’17, the chiropractic event of the year in Texas, on June 9-11. TCA’s signature conference returns to the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex, this time at the Hyatt Regency Dallas downtown.

For a limited time, TCA members can take advantage of the special members-only rate of $199 – a saving of $126 off the regular registration price. Act fast … this offer is limited to the first 50 members who sign up. Register now! 

Chiro Texpo ’17 is an event you don’t want to miss. Here are five reasons why you need to be in Dallas:

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:
Call for Nominations for Young Chiropractor of the Year
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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: