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Chiropractic in Interdisciplinary Rehab: a Case Report
Written by Editor   
Tuesday, December 11, 2018 06:49 PM

Approximately 70% of patients suffering from spinal cord injury (SCI) experience persistent pain, which can substantially influence cognition, emotional status, activities of daily living, and quality of life. Musculoskeletal pain is commonly experienced in both acute and chronic postinjury phases and pharmacotherapy is often an insufficient pain management strategy.  Rehabilitative care for patients with SCI requires multi-specialty coordination to address the common presence of multiple overlapping conditions.

This case report describes interdisciplinary rehabilitation, including chiropractic, for a 51-year-old male recovering from incomplete cervical SCI and multiple comorbidities following an automobile accident.

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VONT Case: Even Though...
Written by Chris G Dalrymple, DC, FICC   
Tuesday, December 11, 2018 05:38 PM

On November 21, 2018, the Third District Court of Appeals in Austin issued a ruling in the appeal of the “VONT case.”   “We have overruled appellants’ issues related to the Rule’s references to nerves and its provision related to VONT. We have sustained their issues related to the Rule’s use of the word ‘diagnosis.’ … we affirm the remaining portions of the court’s judgment.

Even though the founder of Chiropractic, D.D. Palmer, before the 1900s,  stated:

“I founded Chiropractic on Osteology, Neurology, and Functions—bones, nerves and the manifestations of impulses”

even though it appears that the first Doctor of Chiropractic in Texas who had studied and graduated from D. D. Palmer’s School of Chiropractic in 1898 authored the medical text Osteopathy Illustrated; Neurology; Neuropathy; even though the earliest advertisments of doctors of chiropractic included the claim that they were “nerve specialists”, the court has seen fit to exclude nerves from the purview of chiropractic.

Even though the court notes that:

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VONT Case: The History
Written by Chris G. Dalrymple, DC, FICC   
Tuesday, December 11, 2018 04:53 PM

Recent History

On November 21, 2018, the Third District Court of Appeals in Austin issued a ruling in the appeal of the “VONT case”, stating 

we have overruled appellants’ issues related to the Rule’s references to nerves and its provision related to VONT. We have sustained their issues related to the Rule’s use of the word 'diagnosis.' We therefore reverse the trial court’s judgment as far as it declares that the use of 'diagnosis' in section 78.13(d) exceeds the scope of chiropractic practice and is void. We affirm the remaining portions of the court’s judgment,” 

This refers to the portion of the rules:

  • allowing certain chiropractors to perform VONT,
  • the definition of ‘musculoskeletal system’ as including the nerves; and
  • the definition of "subluxation complex" as a "neuromusculoskeletal condition". 
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Texas House Select Committee Publishes Report on Opioids and Substance Abuse
Written by Editor   
Tuesday, December 11, 2018 01:08 PM

The substance abuse crisis in our nation and state prompted the Texas House of Representatives’ Speaker Joe Straus to appoint the Select Committee on Opioids and Substance Abuse (Committee).  The House Select Committee on Opioids and Substance Abuse was tasked by the Speaker of the House to “develop and present concrete principles and action items to reduce the scourge of opioids in Texas and to provide legislative solutions to address these issues, as well as examine other topics related to substance abuse in Texas.”

Rep. Four Price, the chair of the committee notes that the committee "conducted six robust hearings with over 70 invited expert witness testimonies.This led to the committee producing a detailed report outlining the current challenges, including recommendations that can make a positive impact if enacted by the Texas Legislature.”  TCA Scientific Affairs Department Coordinator, Dr. Craig Benton presented testimony at one of these hearings.

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Groups Call on Congress to End Surprise Billing
Written by Editor   
Tuesday, December 11, 2018 12:08 PM

Nine groups representing health insurers, employers and consumers have called for federal legislation to protect patients from surprise medical bills from out-of-network providers.

Surprise medical bills may arise when a patient unintentionally visits a doctor or healthcare facility that does not contract with the patient's health insurer. Surprise billing is common, with 4 in 10 insured adults reporting they received a surprise medical bill in the last year.

The groups—which include powerful lobbyists like the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, America's Health Insurance Plans, the National Business Group on Health, and Consumers Union—called on Congress to prohibit providers from billing patients for costs not covered by the health plan when the out-of-network visit isn't the patient's fault.But they also said Congress should ensure any policy enacted doesn't increase premiums or discourage providers from joining a health plan's network.

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