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Thinking about attending the Texas Chiropractic Association’s Chiro Texpo ’16– the chiropractic event of the year in Texas–from June 10-12 at the Arlington Convention Center? TCA has assembled some of the profession’s brightest stars. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from the best.
Are you confused and struggling with Medicare? Or, do you just avoid it all together? Get rid of the stress by taking an eight-hour course designed to take the FEAR out of Medicare.
ACA has launched a national grassroots effort to eliminate a blatantly anti-competitive provision of Medicare law.The campaign will focus on generating a robust level of grassroots support that will be directed toward Congress, demanding that Medicare beneficiaries have full access to a broader range of covered chiropractic services. To support the campaign access the equality petition at,and follow the progress of the campaign with updates on Facebook at; on Twitter and Instagram at #MedicareEquality.
More HIPAA violations have been reported in the last year than in the entire 14 years. The government has mobilized its enforcement agencies. The Texas Chiropractic Association is offering a comprehensive six-hour seminar, HIPAA – Protecting Your Practice in an Overregulated World. Learn about HIPAA privacy rules and ‘willful’ neglect violations that could bring your practice a mandatory $50,000 minimum fine.
As a benefit of TCA membership, TCA members save 10% off online courses and live webinars from 1-9 hours and 20% off courses and webinars of 10 hours or longer.
Every chiropractic practice needs a website in the digital age. Consequently, the Texas Chiropractic Association has joined forces with Online Chiro, a TCA Bronze Sponsor and Affinity Partner, to make having a beautiful website easy. Thanks to this new partnership, TCA members now have access to special member discounts on practice websites and online marketing services. The wide range of packages includes something for any practice on any budget, all of it tailored to your practice and including a library of customizable content.
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Avoid Medicaid disenrollment and possible disruption in claims payment on September 25, 2016, providers should submit a re-enrollment application to the state or TMHP today.
In their March 2016 Newsletter the Texas Board of Chiropractic Examiners (TBCE) reported on the disciplinary actions rendered. There were seven administrative actions, five letters of reprimand, ten cease and desist orders, ten monetary fines totaling $12,500, and one statutory revocation of a license.
The law requires when a licensed DC changes his or her address that the Texas Board of Chiropractic Examiners (TBCE) be notified. The TBCE announces that they have simplified this into a three-step process with an on-line form.
State medical boards are not protecting the public from doctors who’ve committed sexual misconduct. Seventy percent of physicians who had engaged in sexual misconduct that led to sanctions by hospitals, healthcare organizations or a malpractice payment, were not disciplined by state medical boards for their behavior.
The Texas Dragon Boat Association hosts dragon boating festivals during Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. Houston now has several year round Dragon boat teams and is now accepting team entries forms and event sponsors.The TCC Skeleton Crew is putting together an alumni team for the May Regatta seeking to pit an alumni team against a current-student team.
The TBCE reports that as of the end of February 2016 there were 5160 actively licensed DCs and many other statistics.
Access 2 Integration
Calendar of Events

April 9-10, 2016 – TYLER, TX,ICD10 Diagnosis Coding –Kirsch

April 9, 2016 – DALLAS, TX, Chiropractic Law Seminar

April 12, 2016 – WEBINAR,CCED April Webinar Series:Nutrition 309: Unclogging the Fat Story; Does Fat Even Matter?–Howard Benedikt, DC, DCBCN

April 14, 2016 – WEBINAR, CCED April Webinar Series:Sports Medicine 315: The Hip– Dennis O’Hara DC

April 16-17, 2016 – DALLAS, TX,How to Minimize Rehab Outcome through Proprioception(includes 4 TBCE hours) – Dr. Pelletier

April 16-17, 2016 – DALLAS, TX,Total Practice Integration: Analyzing and Treating Your Most Difficult Cases –Dr.Art Janolo, DC

Apri 16-17, 2016 – AUSTIN, TX,Personal Injury;Dr.Collum, DC

April 19, 2016 – WEBINAR,CCED April Webinar Series:Ethics 301: TBCE Required Ethics & Jurisprudence–Monte Horne, DC

April 21, 2016 – WEBINAR, CCED April Webinar Series:Documentation & Risk Management 301: TBCE Required Documentation & Risk Management–Monte Horne, DC

April 23-24, 2016 – BEDFORD / DFW, TX, Myofascial Release Seminar –Amy Kirsch, DC

April 23-24,2016 – DALLAS, TX, OccMedSeminar:DOT & Non DOT Evaluations & Testing in Your Office –Dr. James Raker, DC

April 26, 2016 – WEBINAR, CCED April Webinar Series:Sports Medicine 316: Lower Extremity Nerve Entrapment Conditions –Donald A. Otello, DC

April 28, 2016 – WEBINAR, CCED April Webinar Series: Whiplash 301: Introduction to Whiplash Associated Disorders –Steve Yeomans, DC, FACCO

April 30-May 1, 2016 – DALLAS, TX, Personal Injury –Dr.Collum,

6 HOURS ONLINE –Spine Exam –Dr. Giljum
The HHS Office of Civil Rights recently updated guidance on fees for record copying. "The fee may not include costs associated with verification; documentation; searching for and retrieving the PHI; maintaining systems; recouping capital for data access, storage or infrastructure; or other costs ...even if such costs are authorized by State law."
The final rule on how physician practices must handle overpayments from Medicare has some good news. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), requires only a 6-year loopback. The rule also clarifies what CMS means when it gives providers 60 days to report an overpayment and refund the money to Medicare.
Providing individuals with easy access to their health information empowers them to be more in control of decisions regarding their health and well-being. The HIPAA Privacy Rule provides individuals with a legal, enforceable right to see and receive copies upon request of the information in their medical and other health records maintained by their health care providers and health plans.
The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission's (MedPAC) most recent report to Congress didn't suggest increasing physician reimbursement under Medicare."The evidence suggests that payments for physicians and other health professionals are adequate."
There is a tendency to think that it is less than important to protect patient information. Learn from this article which is more valuable to a hacker, someone’s credit card information or their protected health information [PHI]. On the "deep web" where people sell stolen goods, a credit card may be valued at $1 to $2 but PHI can sell from $20-$200.
A move by an insurer to reduce physician ratesto make up for massive losses in health plans offered under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has sparked anger, as well as worries that other insurers will follow suit.
When American politicians complain about these high healthcare costs, they often vilify pharmaceutical and insurance companies for profiting at the expense of the general public. What it is about the system that politicians believe is to blame for the staggering cost of medical care in the U.S.?
While it may be common for surgeons to operate on the wrong appendage, it is less common that a surgeon operates on the wrong patient.A newborn in Tennessee had an operation to correct a "tongue tie." The problem: was the procedure being performed on the wrong baby.
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Chiropractic News
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. Deadline for nominations is June 3, 2016.
Established over 60 years ago, this award recognizes doctors who have shown outstanding dedication and 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 is June 3, 2016.
The Senate passed legislation and the House of Representatives has a companion bill, the Chiropractic Care to All Veterans Act, that requires the VA to phase-in the chiropractic benefit at all major VA medical facilities over several years. Take action to help see these bills passed in Congress.
Keiser University is officially launching a new College of Chiropractic in West Palm Beach, FL, in Sept. A former Dean of Clinical Affairs for Texas Chiropractic College will serve as Dean of the new Keiser University College of Chiropractic.
Organized medicine desires to make the determination of the appropriate level of supervision, education, training, and provision of services by non-physicians. "AMA will convene a task force to develop principles to guide advocacy efforts aimed at addressing the appropriate level of supervision, education, training and provision of other invasive procedures by non-physicians." Do you want organized medicine making the determination of what is appropriate when they have stated that they do not apply standards equitably?
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Lindsay Rowe, DC, MD, DACBR, was a giant in the field of chiropractic radiology who enjoyed careers as a chiropractor, medical doctor, radiologist and educator. Dr. Rowe’s accomplishments in skeletal radiology have contributed much to the advancement of chiropractic’s acceptance in the medical community, especially chiropractic radiology. He was a leader and a trailblazer, bridging the gap between allopathic and chiropractic; creating respect for our profession within the modern health care community.
Terry Lynn McKee, DC, Col (Retired, US Army), age 80, of Tomball TX went to God March 16, 2016. He collapsed at a function when his heart stopped Feb 23.Terry received a doctor of chiropractor degree from the Texas Chiropractic College in 1981.



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