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TCA Fall Legislative Update
Tuesday, October 02, 2018 12:00 AM

By: Kaden Norton and Joshua Massingill, Statecraft

Halloween is almost here and soon ghosts, goblins, pirates, princesses and many other fun and frightening creatures will be knocking on your door screaming “trick or treat!” Are you prepared? Have you stopped by your local grocer to buy bags and bags of candy to satisfy the demands of your neighborhood witches and warlocks? Just as you can’t be unprepared for your trick or treaters (and be subjected to whatever “tricks” that might result), we can’t allow ourselves to be unprepared for the upcoming legislative session.

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Christine Goertz, D.C., Appointed Vice Chair of Federal Board
Written by Editor   
Monday, October 01, 2018 04:26 PM

American Chiropractic Association (ACA) is pleased to announce that ACA Senior Scientific Advisor Christine Goertz, DC, PhD, has been appointed by the Comptroller of the United States to a three-year term as vice chair of the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) Board of Governors.

Dr. Goertz has been a member—and the sole chiropractor—on the PCORI board since its establishment in 2010. The board is made up of 21 representatives of the patient, general consumer, clinical, insurance, research, employer, industry, policy and other healthcare sectors. Dr. Goertz previously served in several leadership positions within the organization, including chair of PCORI’s Science Oversight and Selection committees.

PCORI was established in 2010 as part of the Affordable Care Act. It funds research to help patients, caregivers, and their health practitioners make evidence-based, patient-centered healthcare decisions. Nondrug treatment for pain is among PCORI’s research priorities.

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Warning to Beachgoers and Shellfish Eaters
Written by chris Dalrymple, D.C., F.I.C.C.   
Thursday, September 27, 2018 12:44 PM

Texas beachgoers and shellfish eaters risk of contracting harmful and potentially fatal bacteria is elevated until November.

Vibrio bacteria, microorganisms that populate in salt water and thrive in the heat, are prevalent along the Texas coast this time of year. People are exposed to the bacteria by entering beach waters with an open wound or by eating raw or undercooked shellfish, such as oysters, that are contaminated.

Most people who come into contact with the bacteria don’t experience any harmful effects. Those most susceptible are people who have a weakened immune system, liver disease, diabetes, cancer or other chronic illness. Consuming the bacteria mostly affects those who have decreased gastric acidity.

Take these precautions to reduce risk of infection:
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Applying to Serve on a Texas Board or Commission
Written by Chris Dalrymple, D.C., F.I.C.C.   
Thursday, September 27, 2018 12:13 PM

The Governor's Office encourages all Texans to participate in Texas government and seeks the most qualified candidates for appointed positions.

A current Appointment Application is required for consideration of any candidate seeking appointment by Governor Abbott.  Please follow the instructions on the Appointments Application page. The certification portion of the application must be signed before any candidate can be considered for an appointment.  After completing the application, send it, along with a resume and photograph, for office use only, to the Governor’s Appointments Office.  

When the Governor’s office receives your application, you will be sent an acknowledgment, and your name will be entered into the appointments system. If we need additional information, they will contact you. Applicants may be asked to come to Austin for a personal interview with the Director of Appointments or an Appointments Manager.

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Anthem Coverage Leaves Senators Dissatisfied
Written by Editor   
Thursday, September 27, 2018 11:38 AM

Federal HHS Secretary Alex Azar fielded questions from two US senators about whether his agency and the Labor Department have investigated and taken enforcement action against Anthem and other insurers that allegedly violated consumer rights by denying coverage for emergency care.

Last year, Anthem caused a furor by rolling out a policy in five states of denying payment for emergency department visits that it subsequently determined did not involve true emergencies.Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas launched a similar policy for its HMO plans. Some federal and state lawmakers see this is part of a broader set of issues that call for legislative or regulatory action to protect healthcare consumers.

Azar reported that the states are generally responsible for insurance regulation and enforcement, but that HHS has been monitoring state action on this issue and will work with the states to ensure that appropriate action is taken.

The two Senators wrote to Azar and Labor Secretary Alex Acosta in March, asking the agencies to report their actions to enforce federal laws requiring insurers to cover care for emergency conditions, singling out Anthem for scrutiny.

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