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Government Mulls Ways to Increase numbers of Primary Care Doctors
Written by Chris Dalrymple D.C., F.I.C.C.   
Tuesday, October 16, 2018 11:23 AM

The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) notes that there is a primary care shortage that should be addressed before it becomes acute.  This report notes that although the absolute number of primary care physicians billing Medicare increased from 169,640 in 2011 to 184,905 in 2016, the ratio of primary care doctors to beneficiaries decreased, from 3.8 per 1,000 beneficiaries in 2011 to 3.5 in 2016, and a similar trend also occurred in other specialties. 

TBCE to Renumber Board Rules
Written by Editor   
Thursday, October 11, 2018 04:40 PM

Effective November 1, 2018, the numbering and names of some of the Board's rules will be different when you access them in the Texas Administrative Code. This is being done to better organize our rules and to make it easier for you to find the specific information you're looking for.

It is important to know that while some of the numbering and names of the rules are changing, none of the actual text of the rules themselves will change; that requires the Board to use the formal rulemaking process. These are housekeeping moves only. To see what the changes will be ahead of time, click on the following link: View Rule Transfer.

Gov. Greg Abbott Proclaims October 2018 "Chiropractic Health Month"
Written by Editor   
Tuesday, October 09, 2018 07:55 AM

The Texas Chiropractic Association (TCA) is pleased to announce that Gov. Greg Abbott has signed a declaration proclaiming October 2018 as “Chiropractic Health Month.”

“As many Texans and Americans know, pain is a part of many health-related issues from genetic conditions to injuries. Pain is an important public health problem and a major reason why people seek medical care. Chronic pain negatively impacts many aspects of a person’s life as well as the lives of pain sufferers’ families and caregivers,” said Gov. Abbott in the proclamation.

“Though this public health issue is incredibly daunting and complex, Texas chiropractors are dedicated to treating pain effectively and safely as highly skilled professionals. Doctors of Chiropractic concentrate on disorders of the musculoskeletal system and the nervous system, and the effects of these disorders on general health. As physician-level providers, chiropractors employ conservative, drug-free approaches to health care and pain management. Focusing on, but not limited to, back pain, neck pain, pain in the joints of the arms or legs and headaches, chiropractors’ approach to these conditions can save the public from physical and financial tolls. As a first line of defense against pain, chiropractors’ services can also help individuals heal naturally without the need for drugs or surgery.”

New Law Protects DCs Traveling With Sports Teams
Written by Editor   
Friday, October 05, 2018 09:41 AM

The American Chiropractic Association (ACA) is pleased to announce that Congress has approved legislation that will protect chiropractors who travel with sports teams by ensuring that their license and liability insurance remains in effect even when they cross state lines. 

The Sports Medicine Licensure Clarity Act of 2018, as the bill is known, was included in a larger, unrelated piece of legislation (H.R. 302) that passed the Senate overwhelmingly on Oct. 3.  The president is expected to sign the bill in the next several days.

The new law stipulates that health care services provided by a covered “sports medicine professional” to an athlete, athletic team, or team staff member in a secondary state outside that professional’s state of licensure will be covered by the appropriate medical malpractice insurance provider.

We’re On The Clock – Contribute to the TCA PAC Today!
Written by Andrea Howard   
Thursday, October 04, 2018 02:20 PM

It’s hard to believe, but Election Day is right around the corner – Tuesday, November 6. Obviously, the race that everyone is focusing on is the one between Sen. Ted Cruz and Rep. Beto O’Rourke, but there are state contests that are even more important to Texans and, in particular, Texas chiropractors.

The candidates who are elected to the Texas Senate and House will make decisions at the Capitol that could impact the future of our profession, including how you can practice and your ability to run a successful business.

So, who should you vote for next month? The Texas Chiropractic Association has identified candidates in key races who were pro-chiropractic during the 2017 Texas Legislative Session. Read your emails from TCA and check the Texas Chiropractic Association Facebook  page often for updates!

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