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Flu Season Keeps Getting Worse, Passing Epidemic Threshold
Written by Editor   
Tuesday, January 23, 2018 12:00 AM

Flu deaths surpassed the epidemic threshold at the end of December, with pediatric flu-related deaths also up, according to data from the CDC.

The CDC's weekly FluView surveillance report found that pneumonia- and influenza-related mortality comprised 8.2% of all deaths in the last week of December. This was above the epidemic threshold of 7.1%.

2018 Government Shutdown
Written by Editor   
Monday, January 22, 2018 12:56 PM

The New York Times reports:  The U.S. government is close to reopening.  The Senate voted to reopen the government after 81 senators broke the filibuster that shut it down.  Before the government can reopen, the House must approve the measure that the Senate passed.

Monday morning, CNBC reported that Senators appeared optimistic they had the votes to end the government shutdown on Monday. The chamber is expected to vote Monday to advance a short-term stopgap bill to keep the government open through Feb. 8. “We will vote today to reopen the government," said Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y.

Schumer said Democrats have received assurances that the Senate will take on immigration issues, before Feb. 8.

If it gets passed by Congress and signed, the funding legislation means that federal agencies will no longer be forced to shut their doors, and to furlough non-essential workers. 

U.S. government funding lapsed at the end of Friday.  The Senate had aimed to vote on a procedural motion to advance the spending plan Monday.  On Sunday night the Senate moved to hold a vote at 10 p.m. ET, but Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D., N.Y., objected. McConnell then scheduled a cloture vote for Monday.

Help, They Wont Pay For The Exam!
Written by Andrea Howard   
Wednesday, January 17, 2018 01:23 PM

By Kelli Moore, MCS, P-I 
The Collection Coach

I recently received a call from a distraught office manager who explained that a major insurer was consistently denying the Evaluation and Management codes, otherwise known as “exam” codes, when performed on the same day as a Chiropractic Manipulative Treatment (CMT). She explained that these denials created a significant loss of revenue to the practice and that her efforts of calling the insurer to remedy, rendered little results. I gave her three steps to take to help eliminate the problem, here they are.

A Survey of the Scope of Chiropractic Practice in South Africa: 2015
Written by Editor   
Monday, January 15, 2018 08:47 AM

The purpose of this study was to identify characteristics specific to the chiropractic profession in South Africa and compare them with those of other countries where similar surveys have been conducted.  Compared with similar survey analyses from Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the United States,  findings showed overlap, but some characteristics were unique to the chiropractic profession in South Africa.

TBCE Proposes Rules Changes for 2018
Written by Editor   
Sunday, January 14, 2018 05:21 PM

The Texas Board of Chiropractic Examiners have proposed a number of rules changes that the profession should be aware of.  This article lists the recently published proposals.

$14 Million Research Grant Puts Manipulative Therapy in the Spotlight
Written by Editor   
Sunday, January 14, 2018 04:42 PM

The National Institutes of Health has awarded a $14 million grant to the University of Minnesota and University of Washington to study the benefits of spinal manipulation for back pain vs. standard medical care (including prescription medication). Touted as one of the largest back pain studies ever funded by the NIH’s National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, the national, multi-site clinical trial will feature a multidisciplinary research team from the chiropractic, medical, osteopathic, physical therapy and psychology fields, representing a half-dozen universities.

The Invention of Prevention
Written by Editor   
Sunday, January 14, 2018 01:37 PM

Concern has mounted for 40 years over the inexorable rise of U.S. health care costs despite mediocre health outcomes compared to other advanced countries. Particularly since 2000, healthcare movers and shakers have convinced Americans that the solution is prevention -- if the health care system focuses on maintaining consumers' health, then they will avoid illnesses that require expensive treatments, and costs will decline. In this way, we will finally "bend the cost curve." After all, who wants a “sickness system"?

Obituary: Richard Edward Lindberg, D.C.
Written by Editor   
Friday, January 12, 2018 11:36 AM
Dr. Richard Edward Lindberg of Baytown, Texas died unexpectedly on Friday, 8 December 2017, in an automobile accident in Huntsville, Texas. He was 58 years old. 
Obituary: Keith Hubbard, D.C.
Written by Editor   
Monday, January 08, 2018 03:28 PM

Keith Hubbard, DC, 69, of Fort Worth, Texas, passed away on December 20, 2017 in Waco, Texas, where he was a practicing chiropractor at McKenzie Chiropractic Clinic with his nephew, Brad.

A memorial service is scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 27, at University Baptist Church. Watson Chapel. 2720 Wabash Ave., Fort Worth, 76109.

Wellness IS Prevention
Written by Editor   
Monday, January 08, 2018 03:13 PM

What people mean by “wellness” is primary prevention. Overlooking, ignoring, or curtailing any of the components of individual or public health is not conducive to wellness or prevention.

For the individual this means maintaining the normal function of the body through:

  • Biomechanics
  • Biochemistry
  • Hygiene
Executive Director’s Message Jan 2018
Written by Jeff Jenkins   
Friday, January 05, 2018 01:29 PM

Choose TCA for Your Continuing Education Hours 

Happy New Year! Hope it was an enjoyable and relaxing holiday. Now it’s back to the business of chiropractic.

It won’t be long for many of you start thinking about your continuing education hours. Let’s face it! Earning CE hours can be drag. No one wants to sit in the classroom all day. That’s why online learning is so appealing to many.

We encourage you to consider the Texas Chiropractic Association when planning your CE hours in Texas. TCA is hosting three conferences in 2018. You won’t get the same boring lectures. Every event features an all-star line-up and some type of hands-on training. We’ve also included additional sessions to help your practice grow.

Check out these TCA events:

Records Show JFK’s Assassination Aided by his Bad Back
Written by Editor   
Wednesday, December 20, 2017 08:24 AM

Camelot, a shining time of promise led by John F. Kennedy, the nation’s youngest president brought to an abrupt and bloody end in 1963. While conspiracy theorists debate who pulled the trigger, there’s another culprit that often goes unmentioned: Kennedy’s lifelong struggle with back pain. It was his habit of wearing a tightly laced back brace that may have kept him from recoiling to the floor of his car after the assassin’s first bullet struck him in the neck.

“The brace was a firmly bound corset, around his hips and lower back and higher up,” said Dr. Thomas Pait, a spinal neurosurgeon who co-authored a paper about Kennedy’s failed back surgeries and other treatments such as manipulation under anesthesia.  “He tightly laced it and put a wide Ace bandage around in a figure eight around his trunk.  

Presidents Holiday Message 2018
Written by Andrea Howard   
Tuesday, December 19, 2017 01:19 PM

While everyone appreciates a gift at this time of year, we all know the true reason for the season. The holidays are also all about spending quality time with family and friends. So, forget about Amazon or a trip to your local shopping center. If you’re looking for the perfect holiday gift, why not give the gift of chiropractic through the Texas Chiropractic Association?

Here’s a few suggestions:


Harvard Endorses Chiropractic
Written by Editor   
Tuesday, December 19, 2017 09:03 AM

Harvard Health Publishing is an arm of the prestigious Harvard Medical School. The publisher’s tag line is “Trusted advice for a healthier life.” The Harvard Medical School is one of the more notable exceptions to the rule that medical establishments are generally anti-chiropractic. Its Special Health Report “Pain Relief: Natural and Alternative Remedies Without Drugs or Surgery,” was published in 2015.

Last month the Harvard Health Letter featured an article: “Where to Turn for Low Back Pain Relief.” The article answers the question: “In most cases, a primary care doctor or chiropractor can help resolve the problem.”

Chiropractic Care and Risk for Acute Lumbar Disc Herniation
Written by Editor   
Monday, December 18, 2017 08:41 AM

Chiropractic care is popular for low back pain.  Low back pain is a common early symptom of Lumbar Disc Herniation (LDH) and commonly precedes LDH diagnosis.  Strong positive associations were found between acute LDH and both chiropractic and PCP visits. The risk for acute LDH with early surgery associated with chiropractic visits was no higher than the risk associated with PCP visits.   

The analysis suggests that patients with prodromal back pain from a developing disc herniation likely seek healthcare from both chiropractors and PCPs before full clinical expression of acute LDH. 

The objective of this study was to investigate the association between chiropractic care and acute LDH with early surgical intervention, and contrast this with the association between primary care physician (PCP) care and acute LDH with early surgery.  

What is a Doctor?
Written by Jeff Jenkins   
Thursday, December 14, 2017 01:36 PM

The word “doctor” means ‘teacher.’  A doctor is meant firstly to teach him or her self. We were expected to read on our own, continually, throughout school and into the rest of our lives. 

That is why, among us, the number of papers we have published matters. It is proof we are still intellectually engaged, that we are thinking about applied human biology, and not just acting like knowledge parasites: learning what others discovered and using it.  If you’re a doctor, you’re supposed to be learning the rest of your life. Willingly, with dignity. Not pouting and declaring ultimatums and asking for rewards, like a kid going back to school after summer break. Doctors get no summer breaks. School is never out.

Time for a Cultural Change
Written by Editor   
Wednesday, December 13, 2017 08:12 AM

Health systems need to do a better job of defining shared decision-making and getting doctors to use it. In school doctors are told to get rid of ambiguity and figure out what the “right” answer was for a patient’s problem. We buy into this myth that there is a right answer, but two people can choose differently and both be right for the same problem if it aligns with what’s important to them. We need to start a culture where conversation starts with what the reasonable treatment options are and why might people choose one over the other.

Healthcare professionals want the best care for their patients. This is not about a profession being the villain, but a question of attitudes. Are we achieving what could be achieved for the people we seek to serve?

Surgeon General's Take On Healthier Communities
Written by Editor   
Friday, December 08, 2017 07:38 AM

“Healthier communities tend to be more economically prosperous and more prosperous communities tend to be healthier,” said Surgeon General Jerome Adams, MD, MPH.  Adams argued, “Health insurance coverage is one part of the equation, but it’s not going to solve the problem if we don't focus upstream." 

Adams focused on the interplay between the economy and wellness. He noted, for example, that in some areas of the country, jobs remain open because employers can’t find individuals who can pass a drug test to fill the posts. "We've got to make sure that communities are more prosperous. So that people don't lose hope. If they can see that there’s an opportunity to go to something else besides self-medicating … ultimately that's the most upstream that we can go." The impact of the opioid crisis on the economy is an example, noting that many of the overdoses are “deaths of despair."

Taking a Hard Look at Administrative Tasks
Written by Editor   
Tuesday, December 05, 2017 08:38 AM

In April, the American College of Physicians (ACP) released a position paper titled Putting Patients First by Reducing Administrative Tasks in Health Care, published in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

The paper, part of ACP’s Patients Before Paperwork initiative, is a thoughtful look at the many administrative tasks that physicians and doctors face every day. It presents a framework for evaluating these tasks and calls on health plans, regulators, vendors, and others to consider this framework when they impose new requirements on doctors.

Case Report: Chiropractic Management of Infantile Torticollis With Associated Abnormal Fixation of One Eye
Written by Editor   
Monday, December 04, 2017 03:52 PM

The purpose of this case report is to describe the chiropractic management of a child with abnormal fixation of one eye and torticollis.

TCA Tour of Texas Returns
Written by Andrea Howard   
Friday, October 13, 2017 09:30 AM
Back by popular demand, the Texas Chiropractic Association is reviving the TCA Tour of Texas, our grass-roots effort to reach every licensed doctor of chiropractic in Texas. The TCA Tour of Texas will stop at cities throughout Lone Star State over the next year. There’s no cost to attend a TCA Tour of Texas event, although a contribution to the Chiropractic Development Initiative (CDI), which funds TCA’s advocacy, legal and public relations efforts, or to the TCA Political Action Committee (TCA PAC) which is dedicated to getting pro-chiropractic candidates elected to public office in Texas.
The TCA Tour of Texas rolls into District 12 at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, December 7, at Katz 21 Steak & Spirits (5702 Spohn Dr., Corpus Christi, TX 78412). Please RSVP to info@chirotexas.org by December 4.
Here are some of the reasons why you need to be there when the TCA Tour of Texas comes to your town:
Thank You to TCA Premium and Elite Members
Written by Andrea Howard   
Thursday, October 12, 2017 03:59 PM
A Big Thank You to TCA Elite and Premium Members 

The Texas Chiropractic Association wants to thank our Elite and Premium Members for their extra support of TCA and your efforts to advance the chiropractic profession in Texas.
The Elite Membership is an upgraded membership that includes unlimited access to all TCA events such as the Mid-Winter Conference, Texas Sports Chiropractic Conference and Chiro Texpo, TCA’s annual convention. Cost is $1,100/year or, if you prefer, you can pay $275/quarter.
The Premium Membership is a high-level membership that features 16 CE hours in the price of membership. Cost is $800/year or $200/quarter.
A significant discount off conference registration fees isn’t the only benefit of the Elite and Premium memberships. A portion of Elite and Premium membership dues support TCA’s Chiropractic Development Initiative (CDI), which funds TCA’s advocacy, legal and public relations efforts.
To join as a TCA Elite or Premium Member or upgrade your membership, contact the TCA office at (512) 477-9292 or email info@chirotexas.org. You also can join online or complete and return the Elite application and Premium application.
Call for Nominations for Executive Offices of TCA
Monday, October 09, 2017 12:16 PM

TCA is putting out a call for nominations for the offices of secretary/treasurer and vice president. Nominations are due in the TCA office by Jan. 31, 2018.

TCA’s membership elects all executive officers every year. The next annual elections will take place early in 2018. Each executive officer serves a one-year term. The vice president succeeds to the to office of president of the association.  

Candidates must also meet the following qualifications:

Call for Keeler Award Nominations
Monday, October 09, 2017 12:00 AM

Keeler Plaque Call for Nominations

TCA is accepting nominations for the Keeler Plaque, the Texas Chiropractic Association’s most prestigious award.  The Keeler Plaque designates the chiropractor of the year in Texas.

TCA members are encouraged to nominate a colleague who is a fellow TCA member. The list of nominations is presented to the Keeler Plaque Committee, which will select the honoree. Nominations are not held over from year to year.

Nominations for the 2018 Keeler Plaque are due by May 17.

Chiropractic Cares: Harvey Help
Written by Editor   
Thursday, September 07, 2017 05:35 PM

How to Help Those Affected by Hurricane Harvey

The Texas Chiropractic Association, Texas Chiropractic College and Parker University have teamed up to create a fund for Texan chiropractors who have been affected by the storm. Monetary and chiropractic equipment donations are being requested. Learn more about C.H.I.R.O.

ACA leadership requests that if you know of any member who has been seriously affected by the storm and subsequent flooding, please pass that information on to ACA Vice President Dr. Karen Konarski-Hart at communications@acatoday.org. Dr. Konarski-Hart, a trained disaster relief responder, offers this additional information for those who wish to help in some way:

TCA Response to TDI-DWC Proposed Changes
Written by Andrea Howard   
Friday, August 25, 2017 12:55 PM



TCA Members and Texas Chiropractors,

As many of you are aware, the Texas Department of Insurance, Division of Workers’ Compensation (the “Division”) published informal working draft rules regarding Designated Doctor Procedures and Requirements. The draft rules can be found here: http://www.tdi.texas.gov/wc/rules/drafts.html.

Doctors of Chiropractic from across Texas have contacted TCA to express their grave concerns about the impact several of these rules would have on injured workers and chiropractors. TCA shares these concerns. While TCA will be submitting comment on the proposals to the Division on behalf of its membership, the Association strongly encourages Doctors of Chiropractic to review the draft rules and submit their individual comments to the Division. It is critical that the Division hear how these draft rules would impact the chiropractic community.

Provisions in the Division’s draft rules prioritize Medical Doctors, Doctors of Osteopathy, and board-certified specialists over Doctors of Chiropractic in case assignments within the Designated Doctor Program (see draft rule § 127.5(f)(1) and (2)). Other provisions reduce chiropractic scope of practice within the Designated Doctor Program by prohibiting Doctors of Chiropractic from examining injured workers with torso-related injuries, hernia injuries, cauda equina syndrome, fractures, dislocations, tendon and nerve lacerations, compartment syndrome, and brachial plexus and lumbosacral plexus injuries (see draft rule § 127.130(b)(3), (8) and (9)).

TCA Texas Sports Chiropractic Conference
Tuesday, June 27, 2017 09:38 AM


 April 6-8, 2018 | Texas Chiropractic College | Pasadena, TX

Sports means big business in Texas and doctors of chiropractic have never been more involved in the training and care of athletes at all levels. If you see high school, collegiate, professional or amateur athletes, you don’t want to miss the 2018 Texas Sports Chiropractic Conference.

Join TCA, in conjunction with Southeast Sports Seminars, April 6-8, 2018 at Texas Chiropractic College in Pasadena for this unique opportunity to earn all 16 CE hours toward your Texas license and increase your knowledge of sports chiropractic.